28 November 2008

Faith Goes For Haircut

Decided to take Faith out to Forum The Shopping Mall to get her haircut. Since she was born, she was always in a a bob as in the early stages, she doesn't like washing of her hair due to the phobia of the shampoo getting into her eyes.

However, as she grew older and the hiao-ness kicked in, she started growing her locks this year to have long hair past the shoulders.

Well, Singapore being a hot and humid place, proved too much for her to handle and she relented and wanted to go back to the bob which is cooler and doesn't get in her face all the time.

So, under the edict of the wife, I was to bring her to TheLittleRedDot (#02-35), a hair salon specially catered to kids. Initially, I was apprehensive about spending $18 for a kid's hair cut but while it was a tad pricey, I did notice that these guys are really good with kids. Somehow, they are able to get the kids obediently sit relatively still for them to do their job. Almost magical as far as I was concerned as I recalled myself a bawling kid on the propped up barber chair of the Malay barbers. Tears and mucus were to mix with hair to form a disgusting and uncomfortable gooey paste on my face whenever I got my dreaded haircut.

So twenty minutes later and $18 poorer, I brought her to Kidz Station (#02-37) to play for a while. Kidz Station is essentially a play pen for kids to run around with the little plastic castles and plastic ball pools.
However, before we were heading in, we got stopped by the lady staff who thought Faith as a little too old to be allowed into the playpen. Apparently, they have a 1.20m height limit and Faith was asked to stand against the height measuring chart.

Well, what do you know, she was exactly 1.20m and the lady staff was shocked to learn that Faith is not yet old enough to be in Primary 1.

It looks like that would probably be Faith's last visit to the Kidz Station.

Oh well, looks like Gabriel will have to be on his own in there from now on.

- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Friday, 28 November 2008 11:49 pm
like father like daughter!
zipper, height, and hiaoness. heh.

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 28 November 2008 11:50 pm :: 
MsVindicta: I where got hiao!!!?? *flicks hair*

3. sunflower left...
Saturday, 29 November 2008 12:48 am
Nice hair cut..
Oh well.. i agreed... like father like daughter.... you are such a Mr Vain... of course daughter is like you too :P

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Saturday, 29 November 2008 1:59 am
ooh future model in da making!

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Saturday, 29 November 2008 7:56 am
Wow, 120 cm already. Faith is gonna be the tallest girl at her junior college in a few years' time. Who knows she may earn a volleyball scholarship to attend an Ivy League school in the U.S.

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Saturday, 29 November 2008 8:23 pm ::
LOL @ Ms V's comment. zipper and hiao-ness!!

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Sunday, 30 November 2008 11:46 pm :: 
sunflower: I am going to take that as a compliment. :P

ruok: If she is, then I can retire liao!!

everton: Er... she is not very coordinated as well as ball sense is concerned. I can't really see the athlete in her.

Linny: *bish*

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Monday, 1 December 2008 10:43 am
Be careful wat u wish for. :D

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Monday, 1 December 2008 11:46 am
ooo my xmm kpkb during her haircut. $6 only tho.

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Monday, 1 December 2008 6:02 pm :: 
ruok: If she makes a shit load of money, I can be "manager" lor?

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Monday, 1 December 2008 8:01 pm
Me so sad. I was 149cm when I hit P6. Now I am only 150cm. WALAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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Tuesday, 2 December 2008 12:08 am :: 
Barffie: Nope, they will still not let you into the playpen.

13. Chocolate gal left...
Wednesday, 3 December 2008 10:23 pm
OMG so tall... later future bf shorter than her liao..

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Thursday, 4 December 2008 12:22 am :: 
Jaschocolate: That's rather hard to say considering kids these days grow more.

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Saturday, 13 December 2008 1:52 pm
so cute she is!!!

26 November 2008

The Drinking Fountain

So I am back for a couple of weeks already and although cashflow has been grinded to a screeching halt, I do have a bit of savings to tide over for a while.

Still, as I was talking to a friend that it doesn't mean that I should finish the last penny before I start thinking about replenishing the kitty.

Savings as the word itself suggests is savings and that the less I touch it, the better.

Anyway, the family took a little trip to Changi Airport Terminal 3 and I was initially a little bit apprehensive as it seemed weird to pick a place such as the airport as a family outing spot.

As it turned out, there was a little play area for kids there.

I ish suakoo.

Then I saw the public drinking fountain as I head to the toilet.

A drinking water for free to the public. Water, the preserver of all lives is there.

For free.

There, something resonated in my heart.

This is something that all of us take for granted to the extent that some may even think that only the destitute drinks from it.

Even though I wasn't thirsty, I bent over and took an appreciative swig.

Not that I am in dire straits financially (well, not yet at the very least) but at times like these, such things do catch my attention more then usual.

Singaporeans must be thankful for what they have today....

.... coz tomorrow, there will be more people drinking from it. Mark my words. 

- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 2:18 am
i have no idea why but reading this entry reminded me of this entry i read off this advertising blog.
http: //
i think you might be able to find the link!

2. TSSD left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 8:16 am
sometimes the sensors don't work at all

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008 9:57 am
I ish bringing my 2 litre water bottle and filling up the fwee water nao.

4. Faith left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:10 am
Can't help but to smile at your post. Good that your humour has never left you despite the circumstances that you're in. Will keep you in prayers.

5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 3:06 pm :: 
msvindicta: Interesting article. Thanks for the link.

tssd: I think you are referring to the wash basin tap. Usually drinking fountain operates with a button or knob.

ruok: Oh how you wish there is a tap that runs single malt next to it.

Faith: My thanks for the well wish. Things are looking up for me now albeit slowly.

6. TSSD left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 6:15 pm
that water cooler is sensor 1 what!

7. 33 left...
Friday, 28 November 2008 3:29 pm
Suggest you n cowboy write a book on working / doing business in China. The cheat sheet kind is nice, not the lengthy lor sor wordy type, like 101 things that will crop up + how you reacted to it + what you would have done on hindsight (solutions). I bet its going to sell.

To many ppl, China is scary place, cos its not like Singapore, everything also have FAQ and step by step guide.

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Friday, 28 November 2008 4:14 pm :: 
33: Thanks for the vote of confidence but what we know is really very little compared to the shitload of nonsense that we have to deal with day in day out. Worse, every shit thrown at us is a new piece of shit that we probably didn't cover in the book that we wrote.

That's welcome to QQLand for ya.

9. akk left...
Sunday, 7 December 2008 6:36 pm
the destitute? no lah, changi airport is the most friendly infrastructure I've ever been in, ever since they took away the drinking fountains in Raffles City (when SOGO is still around...remember?)
Just for the kick, like you, I will confirm drink from the fountains when i go changi. I'm not thirsty either but i extremely appreciate their presence.

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Sunday, 7 December 2008 10:25 pm :: 
akk: Well, I am not saying that the drinking fountain in Changi Airport is for the destitute (they can't afford the bus fare and back) but the idea of a public drinking fountain in general which by the way, you don't see them anymore these days.

25 November 2008

Tan Kin Lian For Public Office

I have signed the petition myself earlier.

I would like to see Mr Tan Kin Lian run for office.

Click Here.

In the petition, there is a section asking "EP, MP or both". EP is Elected President and MP is Member of Parliament i.e. Mr Tan Kin Lian himself is probably unsure which path he should take and is asking for your opinion. For now, at the very least.

Elected President
Probably easier to secure votes as all adult citizens are eligible to vote regardless of which constituency they belong to. But then again, Elected President no power one. Voted in liao, then what?
Yah lah. They say Elected President will have access to the books to the national reserves as it is the job of the Elected President to safeguard the reserves for the the people. We saw how that turned out with the last last one right?

Member Of Parliament
Even if 1 against 83 in parliament, his voice would be more heard and taken more seriously. But then not many single candidate ward left for him to contest. Maybe even less if the Gahmen were to anyhowly draw the GRC lines again in the next election. Some say to take over Potong Pasir from Mr Chiam See Tong as the latter is due to retire. Perhaps?

And he were to gamble big and take on a GRC then if successful, he can one-shot bring in 5 or 6 people into parliament. If his own candidacy is strong enough, then he too can bring in other candidates via the "back door" as this GRC system has been exploited in the past. Perhaps a taste of their own medicine?

So anyway, as I have mentioned earlier, even if we do get the 100,000 signatures, it doesn't mean he will get 100,000 votes if he were to run for Parliament. The voter in this case has to be eligible i.e. of adult age, is a Singapore citizen and has not been struck off the electoral register for one reason or another.

By then, would there be enough votes to win?

Personally, I would prefer for him to run as a Member Of Parliament but only as a non-partisan independent. Personally, none of the opposition parties have earned enough credibility for me to entrust the entire country to them and besides, I think Mr Tan Kin Lian would be able to operate better as standing as an opposition candidate may unnecessarily antagonise the PAP.

Don't get me wrong, I still want the PAP to retain power but not to the current extreme extent of 82 vs 2. Perhaps 60 vs 24? All I want is a good enough size of the opposition and independents to properly check and balance the Gahmen and not let the PAP yaya papaya, sukah sukah anyhowly pass this law, change that law without properly debating it out. Even fielding new candidates will also need to be careful, or else the incompetent ones will confirm kena hantam jialat jialat by these checks and balances.

On the same token, the opposition and independent candidates will also need minimum standard of quality or the hantam will also go their way. At the end of the day, both sides ensure each other weed out the idiots. Can you not see the upside to this?

Some friends and I were discussing this issue and one said that we can't just vote for the candidate just because he did one thing recently (referring to the current minibombs saga). Well, like I said in my earlier entry:

"Given a choice between a MIA incumbent and an active newbie. I'd sure as hell would like to give the latter a try. It can't be worse that what we already have right? So what do we have to lose?"

So anyway, I put "both EP & MP" when I signed the petition, for I think I should leave that choice for Mr Tan Kin Lian to decide.

Here's what you can do, if you are interested.
Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. KungfuFish left...
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 7:17 am
Not a bad idea. I am skeptic if Singaporeans really want this.
On one hand Singaporeans want change but on the other they are not willing to give it a try. Most talk only but when it comes to actual voting they chicken out.

2. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 10:44 am :: 
KungFuFish: Well, I am hoping to see change but not as drastic as PAP losing majority power. All I want is a bigger opposition/independent voice in parliament. That's all.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 8:25 pm
Yes I agree too. I also want PAP to continue their work. Hopefully something will change to give the opposition a louder voice. People must dare t take that first step. Not easy.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 11:05 pm :: 
KungFu Fish: Exactly my point. How often do we get some one willing to step up to serve? And so have we have a Mr Tan Kin Lian who is willing to do just that. So all the more reason to give him a shot right? What do we have to lose?

5. ahtiong73 left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 6:34 am
I'm signature #406...
What are the chances PAP ropes him in soon??

6. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 3:12 pm :: 
ahTiong73: I think chances is zero since Mr Tan has made it clear that he does not want to be part of the PAP and besides, PAP had him for 30 years and did not put him up to run, why should they do it now?

24 November 2008

Heading To Church

We were on the MRT heading for church on Sunday. Faith got bored and decided the camwhore and we took this picture where I thought was damn cute and funny.

So I thought what better than to make this into a Monday entry to help chase everybody's Monday Blues away.

Have a great week ahead!

- Voxeros

1. Linny. left...
Monday, 24 November 2008 2:08 am
I has same hairstyle as Faith. *dance*

2. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Monday, 24 November 2008 3:43 am
geez that's a very funny look there. haha...

3. ahtiong73 left...
Monday, 24 November 2008 4:01 am
enjoy their innocence till they get to be about...9-10?

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Monday, 24 November 2008 9:37 am :: 
Linny: Yeah hor. Say, are you as difficult to dig out of bed as Faith?

CowG0esM0o: Good thing we have a digicam on hand everywhere we go.

AhTiong73: I can't really see that far ahead but I will enjoy what's ahead of me now.

5. POsh left...
Monday, 24 November 2008 11:58 am
Cute funny shot aside, Faith looked angelic in the white dress :)

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Monday, 24 November 2008 11:06 pm :: 
Posh: Aiyoh. This one more devil than angel lor!

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 12:59 am
this photo not taken by u one right?!! jeng jeng jeng!! =P

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 2:31 am :: 
Aloe: Shhhh.........

9. sunflower left...
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 12:28 am
Her look change?
Hmmm I tot he is sleeping beside Faith? The one using the HP?

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008 3:07 pm :: 
sunflower: who sleeping beside Faith? Who? who? *act blur*

11. Chocolate gal left...
Friday, 28 November 2008 10:28 am
That one loh.. the one with the tummy sitting besides Faith... LOL

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Friday, 28 November 2008 11:18 am :: 
Jaschocolate: Tummy? Where?

13. sunflower left...
Saturday, 29 November 2008 12:45 am
Aiyo I use sleeping...FAINT
I must be tired... actually your HP and the lip gave me the answer you are sitting beside Faith..... Now act blur liao... must be you.. BINGO

14. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 30 November 2008 11:56 pm :: 
sunflower: Continue to act blur.....

20 November 2008

In Defense Of Mr Tan Kin Lian

So there was a letter sent to the $traits Times Forum questioning the motives of Mr Tan Kin Lian's supposedly enthusiasm in helping the minibombs victims when the latter himself was not affected at all.
Mr Chua Sheng Yang's raise a valid point but perhaps his delivery leaves something to be desired.

"Too many people are taking advantage of the situation to get back money from what they knew was a risky investment."

I think I know where Mr Chua was going with that quote and I agree to a certain extent. Yes, NOT everyone of the minibombs investors are uneducated Ah Peks and Ah Sohs. Yes, there will be people who ACTUALLY understood these products and risks. Thus, should not be compensated when value of their investments goes to zero. These people must bare the full loss.

We shall call them the "Knowledgeables" as opposed to the "Vulnerables" who are 62 years old and above and less then an "O"-Levels education.

Perhaps, it was right to identify the "Vulnerables" who are definitely unaware of what they are investing and hence be the first to be compensated without question.

The delay hence, will come to the rest of the group whom the banks will need to sieve out the "knowledgeables" from the "genuinely mis-sold".

Problem is, what has the banks done so far? It has been many weeks since this matter first broke to the surface and yet the banks have hardly said or done anything to the satisfaction of the people. It is almost as if the banks are dragging and stalling in the hope that these people will give up the pursuit of this matter on their own?

Has anyone from the "vulnerable" group been fully compensated thus far?

"The Online Citizen, a website which is well known to have an anti-government stance?"

I do not think that The Online Citizen is a anti-gahmen website even though one of the editors there has links to the Opposition Party. I would like to think the website not as anti-gahmen, but as Pro-Singapore. It's Country > People > Gahmen as far as the rungs of hierarchy are concerned. Perhaps I need to remind Mr Chua here that the Gahmen works for the people and not the other way round.

Yes, granted that the articles on TOC on late have been critical of the Gahmen but seriously let me ask you this, what has the Gahmen done of late to earn our praises? TOC does raise many valid questions and that if the Gahmen is able to respond to them and convince the people satisfactorily, I think it would have benefited the Gahmen more than they would expect i.e. TOC is giving the Gahmen a chance to justify that their decision were correct. Seriously, I do not see a downside to that.

Sadly, it appears that the Gahmen chose to forgo all these opportunities. Guilty by silence admission or just deem the people not worthy of dealing eye-to-eye with or some other reason?

"Why did Mr Tan not tell his agents to practise more ethics then, when he was CEO?"

I do not think Mr Chua thought it through when he made the above statement. That was just asking to be sued. I do hope that Mr Tan Kin Lian is kind enough to just let that slide as it was obviously a gush-of-shit-to-the-brain moment.

"And why is he protesting against local banks and the Monetary Authority of Singapore and not taking his fight to Morgan Stanley?"

I do not think that all the meetings at Hong Lim Park were protests. They were rallies to urge the Gahmen to investigate wrong doings by the banks. To me, I believe that this is the correct and most civilised way of engaging the banks. If we were to, as Mr Chua has put it, protest the banks directly, then surely it is as if we have taken the laws into our own hands and totally discrediting the judiciary system that the country has in place?

Think about it. Who would the banks listen to more? The 10,000 investors or our Gahmen and the relevant authorities?

And so back to the original question that was raised earlier. Was there a hidden agenda as to why Mr Tan Kin Lian is being to enthusiastically helpful? Is he eyeing the Elected President's job or is he looking to score a seat in Parliament in the next coming election?

Regardless of the answer which would be totally speculative, the bottom line is that at least he stepped up and did something. What has our MPs (ruling and opposition parties) done so far, to show for?

I would like to attend the next rally to wave the proverbial pom pom for these folks. Who is with me?

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. KungfuFish left...
Thursday, 20 November 2008 9:23 am
Been to your blog a few times but no comments yet but I really like this article you wrote.

2. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Thursday, 20 November 2008 11:45 am ::
when's the next rally? would like to attend too if it's after my exam. (i.e. after 27th).
Anyway I think the problem now is like what u've said, sieving out the appropriate grp to be compensated. But even so, how exactly are you going to prove the mis-selling? It's sort of a case of 'my words against yours' and in addition, it is the product sales-linked remuneration system that is probably driving all these sales-oriented approach (and thus mis-selling) among financial advisors from banks.
Perhaps like what u mentioned, it would have been better if the banks have given brief announcement of the progress of investigation as a periodic frequency.

I think another point which we should take into consideration is the difficulty in valuation of the remaining value of these financial products. No doubt, banks are corporate entities and they exist not for ur sake but for their shareholders' profitability. By compensating blindly (even with the case of the 'vulnerables'), they're foregoing the benefit of a particular grp of stakeholders for another. So it's quite abit of dilemma there.

3. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 20 November 2008 5:28 pm :: 
Kungfufish: Welcome to the blog. Thanks for dropping by and I am glad you enjoyed what's written here.

CowG0eM0o: The next one will be the Saturday after this coming one. As much as many innocent investors are aggrieved, we do have to spend a bit of time to understand this issue from the banks' point of view to. And yes, as much as the MAS and the banks are in deliberation, it would have been better to say something in the interim instead of being all quiet about it.

4. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 1:36 am
Mr Tan's reply

5. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 1:39 am
Phone interview with Chua Sheng Yang.

6. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 1:54 am
If I'm the bank, I must be feeling sian -1/2. Its like a housing agent, you sell house get commission, then property market crash and the $$-eye people ask you to compensate them for the lost.
Regarding mis-representation, seems like no one was complaining when the first few series of notes was successfully executed. Granted there will be a few mis-guided souls, but I wager the bulk of them knew what they were in for. $$$.

I think TKL is doing a good job regardless of motives, hey, one doesn't question the chicken rice seller when he gives you extra meat right? And he seems to be sensible, asking for fair investigation rather then outright repayment which is impossible. If you ask me, its more of jealousy that "some" pple can't score brownie points.

All in all, I find it strange that this is such a big issue when we had magic stones and "white van" sellers for the past few years and despite all the gold jewelry and $$ lost, no one gave a flying duck's ass.
Lets see, really kena con one, dunno how to complain and ask for $$ back, educated, lost money one, know how to complain to media, MP, blah blah.
I wonder...

7. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 3:42 pm :: 
Passerby A: thanks for the links. I read them already. The problem (re: housing agent) here is that if the housing agent were to say in advance that the house that was to be sold was haunted and that it will no resale value AND the client still go ahead and buy the house, then the client have no recourse when the house is confirmed to have no value thereafer.

However in this case, the banks are aware of the risk that these products hold and yet some of their sales staff went ahead and advised that these were safe products. This is the wrong that we are addressing here and trying to quantify it into a value for compensation.

In a way, it looked very unfair that people kept quiet when they are making money and make noise when they lose money. If you look at this from another angle, people kept quiet only because the banks got away with the misselling and that people make noise when the banks are caught.

8. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 6:35 pm
Well, honestly 6 months back, the notes backed by a AAA rated Leh Bro is actually pretty much safe. The financial climate did a sharp turn and caught a lot of people with their pants down.
6 months back, Money Market Funds was also said to be very safe, but during this crisis, it actually fell below $1.
Anyway, my point is, I am feeling sorry for this people, but I do not think it is appropriate to put in extra effort to clear up their mess. We can't always bail everyone out when the shit hits the fan, this will become a vicious cycle.
Of cause, we should still continue with the investigation, and weed out the unscrupulous agents but other than that, I dont' see how much more we can do about it.

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Sunday, 23 November 2008 11:41 pm :: 
Passerby A: In a way, it also cast a shadow on the credibility on these so call S&P ratings. If these were AAAs, that how is it possible for it to plummet to ruins in such a short span of time?

And yes, the Gahmen should not be directly involved in the bail out of these investors. It is the onus of the banks who mis-sold them. Gahmen role is only to ensure that the banks take responsibility of their misdeeds, if any.

18 November 2008

Sweenys After 22 Years

It's a routine for me to head down to Sweenys for my haircut whenever I am back. While it may be weird to some, I only cut my hair here and no where else since 1986.

Yeah, even when I was away from Singapore for the last 8 years.

Fortunately, I do return every 3 to 4 months and so the length of hair isn't too horrible except that summer in 2006 where I forgo my leave vacation to head up to Provence. What turned out was a year's worth of hair where I was actually able to tie a pony tail.

It was a funny story how I chanced on this place back in 1986. A friend of mine and I were heading to Coronation Plaza to get our hair cut after school. And strangely, the whole building blacked out the moment my friend stepped his foot into the salon.

As it turned out, it wasn't just the building that suffered the power outage, it was the entire Bukit Timah stretch. He had a day's worth of ribbing from me as a result for being a Suay Kia.

Lan lan, we hopped onto the next bus and headed to Holland Village and just pick a salon at random.

The rest as they say, was Sweenys history.

So in the beginning, I was paying student rate and I grew with them from Secondary 3 to Junior College to National Service (not much hair to cut during BMT) to University to working after graduation. It was student rate all this while with slight adjustments over the years as a result of inflation.

Then one day in the late 90s...

Flora (the nice lady who handled my tresses all these years): Eh. Have you graduated already?

JayWalk: Er.... yes. Two years ago. Now working liao.


JayWalk: *sheepish*

Having being through 3 major renovations with them, I grew to love this place very much.

Sweeny's Hair & Beauty Corner
#03-28 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Holland Village
Tel: +65 6468 1795
Mondays to Saturdays, 0900 hrs to 1900 hrs.
- Voxeros

1. sunflower left...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 12:02 am
Walau.. this you oso cheat... FAINT

2. corr left...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 12:20 am
20 freaking years!!!!

3. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 12:38 am :: 
sunflower: Not exactly cheating lah. After soooo many years, it just didn't occur to me that I have to pay more when I started working lor coz by the time I reach graduation, I did pay pretty close to adult rate. I thought I had special discount after all the years of patronage mah.

corr: 22 to be exact. I ish a sentimental fool.

4. msvindicta left...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 1:59 am
special discount? heh heh. more like special service.

5. ahtiong73 left...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 8:04 am
Heh, I go to Roxy Square, Two Steps. Been going back since I stepped in at Sec3. The owners are the chios la, even with 2 children...

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Wednesday, 19 November 2008 10:54 am :: 
msvindicta: Just discount lah. No special service lah!!!

AhTiong73: I think by next year, my hair person will be a grandma liao!

7. POsh left...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 1:42 pm
I thot they were goin to pull down Holland Road Shopping Centre? Btw, show the pic of you with hair long enough for a ponytail. Hee, so lao beng!

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Friday, 21 November 2008 3:52 pm :: 
Posh: NO way.

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Friday, 28 November 2008 10:36 am
My brother and I used to go this Malay barber shop behind your kindergarten (Sunrise??) from Sec 1 through Sec 4. I did not like going to the other Indian barber shop on the corner because they always put a lot of gel and oil on my hair.

One afternoon (Sec 2??) on our way home after a haircut, we were almost struck by lightnings in a heavy storm near the rear entrance of the old SCGS campus. I was so frightened that I almost peed in my shorts! I could see every hair on my arms and my brother's hair stand up because of the electricity in the air. Yeah, I missed those good old days.

10. JayWalk left...
Friday, 28 November 2008 11:21 am :: 
Everton: The corner place that you speak of is now a shopping centre known as The Heeren. Click Here

15 November 2008

Dumbass Of The Week X

The award goes to all the STOMPers who were, from all the over-reaction comments, holier-than-thou and uptight anal about this.

I mean WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN? The practice of birthday bumming aka sabo (and now they call it ragging??) has been going on since I was a kid and I believe this dates to even earlier before my time.

Ragging? You gotta be kidding me. It's just a birthday bum lah!

I am not saying that I approve the practice but surely there is no need for such a big turn-of-the-nose reaction. Ok, if you have not had your education in Singapore, I can understand but for the rest of us who have studied in Singapore, please do not gasp and exclaim indignant shock like you are discovering this for the very first time.

Don't bluff.

I have had my fair share of being bummed and I looked back at them with fond memories. Admittedly, it may not be that amusing at the time of the sabo, it all was done in good humour and everybody will get his/her turn. So all is pretty fair.

What the classmates do to her is quite mild compared to what was done to me and me did unto others. I mean they even prepare shorts for her to wear to protect her modesty!

Trust me, I have seen, administered and received worse. Throw and locked inside a dumpster, 2-days-old stale spaghetti stuffed down the shorts, tied up spread-eagled and blasted by the fire hose, stripped and human rocketed into the lake, just to name a few.

The only downside to it is that there is a risk of getting carried away and the victim may accidentally get hurt.
From personal experience, I can tell you that the victim, despite all the protests, is a willing party (though not 100% at that time of being sabo-ed) to this. Sure, there were times where we chanced onto a victim that REALLY didn't want to be sabo-ed, we would just stop right there and then. That however, would be the really odd chance because the victim would have been pre-qualified prior to the bumming i.e. we know in advance that this victim 玩得起 before we bummed him/her. And it's because if the victim were to start bawling and/or worse, get violent, then all the fun and mood dies right there and then.

Coming a close second to the Dumbass Of The Week award goes to the editor who put these up just to evoke stupid over-reactions.

And what is with "elite JC"?

Ask me and I will tell you that I think that the editor is trying to fan the flames of even more negativity. The word "elite" in Singapore has a negative connotation to it and so it is no rocket science to figure out why the word "elite" was conveniently inserted into the title.

But this in a way, is expected lah. What do you expect from a mickey mouse media anyway?

- Voxeros

1. ahtiong73 left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 2:16 am
this citizen journalism is going too far.

2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 9:29 am :: 
Ahtiong73: If you can even call it journalism. Anyway the main reason why this old age practice only shows up now is because last time, we didn't have digital video cams, internet and youtube! They would have made lagi more shocking videos given that the current generation's sabo session is relatively mild.

3. TSSD left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 9:06 pm
The whole point of the sabo is to keep it within the group, not to show the whole world what you've done to your friends and them to you. So that one day a few years down the road when everyone catches up again, we can talk about the whole thing and have a good laugh over it. Recording these acts down is just plain stupid.

4. sunflower left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 12:59 am
I feel you are over-reacting oso... :x

5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 8:34 am :: 
tssd: I supposed it is easier to keep it within the group as back then there was no videocam, internet nor youtube to archive all these.

sunflower700: Perhaps I am. But in truth, I am just sick and tired of all these judging and the despicable act of trying to incite emotion by fanning the flames of negativity via selective choice of words.

6. Millerlovah left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 11:24 am
Ragging is one thing, Birthday sabo is anothing thing and POSTING THE SABO that looks more vicious that the usual is a complete mad thing. Its obvious that these kind of extreme sabo will look more cruel that the usual floor/egg/water bombs thats usually thrown at the 'casualty' for that day!
Its probably nothing and somehow its blown into something. Could have beeen totally avoidable if they kept the video to themselves.

7. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 12:35 pm :: 
Millerlovah: In a way you are right. We don't hear complains of these in the past and the fact that there aren't videocams, internet and youtube back in the day, is certainly not just coincidence.

8. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 2:02 am
I can't decide which is sadder
1) Insensitive/Insensible friends posting a embarrassing video that should be kept within the group?
2) Insensible people actually stomping about this and getting angry and kicking up a fuss. (Maybe never kena sabo before, jealous!?!?)
I'm leaning towards 2.

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 3:46 pm :: 
Passerby A: Posting video on the internet is inevitable of modern technology. Post it up and all will get to see it at their own convenience. Perhaps, they should have password protected it.

I am more peeved by those who kicked a big fuss over nothing.

10. merryfeet left...
Saturday, 29 November 2008 5:01 pm
Haiyoh! What's with all the fuss!? It seems pretentious to me, all those people acting aghast over this incident. Obviously it wouldn't be bullying if everyone is carrying out the prank on her birthday, much less in the public in school premises, and it's in no way extreme loh, just throwing "foreign items" (i.e., food) only mah. Similar to "".

If it was any other "non-elite" school *rolls eyes* what would the editor have said? Sth spiteful/condoning, sth along the lines of not teaching their students properly, no prestige no manners no morals, EXPECTED?

Aiyoh, just feeling angry the editor is being so ridiculous. Anyhow say. It's happening everywhere lor. Yes, universities included. And what's the big fuss over this when you can just youtube pranks and all pranks and sabos will jump out at you. It's all done in the name of fun, haiyoh... No harm done to the girl i think. "Emotional scarring" indeed. *rolls eyes again*

11. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 30 November 2008 11:58 pm :: 
merryfeet: My thoughts exactly. In fact, you just graduated from ACJC yourself and I am sure you would agree with me that there was no malice in the sabo. I am sure that perhaps you also kena before?

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Monday, 1 December 2008 12:10 am
Haha, yeahhh. It's like a CULTURE here lo. Sabos are not only for birthdays, on random days you will tio also. Then its up to you see whether you are alert enough. :P
If it's not for these times random playfulness, I wonder whether I will think back of my ac days with fond memories. Thankfully, no one has ever left school "emotionally scarred". =.=

13. JayWalk left...
Monday, 1 December 2008 5:58 pm ::
merryfeet: It kinda makes me wonder if those who complain are simply a case of sour grapes?

14. barffie left...
Monday, 1 December 2008 8:08 pm
Ya last time the internet is reserved for those who "knows" the internet, people who knows how to code and stuff like that.
Now almost everyone has the internet, with easy to use video uploading sites and etc - it makes it easier for people who cannot take the joke to stumble on these things and make a big hooha.
In army also got this kind of things what...

15. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 2 December 2008 12:10 am :: 
Barffie: But army sabo tends to get a bit more hiong as there will be those who bore a grudge and hence sneaked in a sucker punch in there.

12 November 2008

Breakfast In KL

Accompanied my dad on a trip to KL to settle some of his business. Flew Air Asia thinking we go a great deal only to realised that it would have taken us the same number of hours to get to the hotel had we taken the coach. And at a fraction of the already very low airfare!

So anyway, I look forward to the trip as I get to meet up with DrS and was planning to stuff my face with Malaysia food!!

Morning breakfast was at Restoran Yi Xin Ge. Very rustic and possibly been around for years. Granted the Bak Kut Teh in Singapore are also damn good at some places, the one thing that made it stand out from all the Bak Kut Tehs I've tasted was the soy sauce.

Yes, you heard me right. Not the bak kut nor the soup. It was the soy sauce. For some strange reason, it was very tasty with a tinge of sweetness which we later discovered was due to the fact that they blend in caramel into their soy sauce.

I also noticed that there were a lot of Myanmese worker there. Had it be in Singapore, it would have been PRC Chinese instead. So I ask why. Friend told me that it could be (speculative) due to the fact that the Malaysian Gahmen don't like too many Chinese to be in the country and as such made it difficult for a PRC Chinese to get a working visa here.

So this particular Myanmese was a supervisor at the restoran who took out orders. He spokes excellent Cantonese!

Oh yes. Cantonese. KL is a weird place where Cantonese is THE dialect of choice regardless if you are Teochew or Hokkien or any other dialect group other than Cantonese. From what I've heard, it is some kind of a status thing that you are branded second class if you can't and/or don't speak Cantonese.

I find that particularly sad considering the fact that the Chinese are already second-class citizen in Malaysian and that you are second class of the second class simply because you do not speak cantonese. Really WTF right?

Again, from what I've heard, this thing about speaking Cantonese is no longer as elitist as before as more and more Chinese are not going out of the way to make that distinction any more.

Is that true? Can any Malaysian Chinese readers here verify?
- Voxeros

1. naeboo left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 3:38 am ::
yah it's true. now more and more chinese in kl willing to reply u in mandarin when u speak back in mandarin. less cantonese-only crap ald compared to last time

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:35 am :: 
naeboo: Makes me wonder why the distinction in the first place. And why Cantonese of all the dialects?

3. spiller left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 2:15 pm
because of TVB and canto pop influence in the 80's and 90's, i suppose.

4. KH left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 6:59 pm
Some older Cantonese in spore have the same thinking that cantonese is superior to all other dialects. My ex-colleague speaks only Cantonese to the waiters and waiteresses in all Chinese restaurants, even if they reply in other language. She "prefers" to have a Cantonese daughter-in-law...
Its a Cantonese ego thing. But now, for the younger generation, it's an English ego thing, many cannot or do not bother to speak proper Mandarin, let alone their family dialect.

5. drs left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 7:34 pm
i wouldnt have a clue on KL past, but current working life here with 1year experience, tells me the crowd will fall into English and Mandarin pretty easily.
cantonese are more spoken on a street-wise situation. though its still hard not to laugh at "lee-turn op invetman".

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 14 November 2008 9:02 am :: 
KH: I think this will come a full circle when the Chinese economy were to take over, then perhaps then it would be a Mandarin ego thing. Who knows?

DrS: Walau. You berry bad. You make farn of other peepur engerish. How can? :P

7. naeboo left...
Friday, 5 December 2008 11:42 pm ::
sthg to do with the old gangster clans, the hakkas and the cantos.
the hakkas won (yap ah loi's clan) and the cantos somehow held on their tongue to speak canto to piss the hakkas off. to prove a point?
it's more like this than the hk influence lar

8. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 7 December 2008 10:07 pm :: 
naeboo: Is that right??!! How very interesting!!

9. DY left...
Saturday, 11 April 2009 10:52 pm
Kinda surprised to see comments on speaking cantonese is being looked as different class of Chinese or its because of trend reasons. Here are some facts on Malaysians yo. In central Penisular Malaysia region inc KL and Ipoh, most chinese speak canton as their ancestors came from southern China in the earlier days whereas most of us speak Hokkien and Teochew in the nothern, southern and Borneo region inc JB, Penang & Kota Kinabalu.
However, there's a small population of them who speak Hainanese, Hakka etc all over Malaysia:) Hope this info helps

10. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 8:37 am :: 
DY: Hi DY, well the strange thing is that EVERYONE in KL speaks cantonese regardless of their ancestral roots.... or so I have noticed. Well, I may be wrong. *shrugs*

11 November 2008

A New Chapter

The idea has finally sunk in after 2 weeks.

I am back in Singapore.

Really back. Back with friends. Back with family. Back with life.

I have closed the chapter in China although it could have been done under better circumstances. The past two weeks have been spent tying up all the loose ends in the hope that I can severe all ties and chuck them in the past bin once and for all.

I am looking forward to the new chapter in life without the old baggage.

I thank heartfully to those who have supported me all these while. It may not always be help in the monetary sense but help by way of links, networks, introductions and even a simple wave of the pom poms meant a lot to me.

Granted many has left me for dead during this patch of rough times, I remained hopeful based on the faith the rest of those who remained have in me. "Screw them", they say and I have to agree.

I will be starting a new chapter in my career and I have several leads on hand already but I will continue to trawl my network for even more leads. That way, I have a wider selection to choose from and hopefully get something that I am happy with.

Will probably make a decision on which path to take at the end of the month. From as far as North Korea to right next door in Clementi, I am working to have even more leads and options come my way during this time.

Wish me luck.

- Voxeros

1. Mistress Grace left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 9:52 am
Good Luck Uncle!! We know you can do it!!!!

2. Old Beng left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 10:54 am
Good Luck!!!

3. fitti left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 12:53 pm
Jiayou! Like I said, it's the courage to let go and willing to start all over again that's admiring. =)

4. msvindicta left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 1:42 pm
ni ke yi de!

5. Vandalin left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 4:01 pm ::
Luck, and the occasional beer, neighbour

6. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 4:42 pm
North Korea ftw!!! welcum back though...

7. Pam left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 6:06 pm
OMG that's great news..! I'll catch up with you soon... p x

8. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 7:13 pm :: 
All: Thanks for the support. Will need every single ounce of it.

9. Linny. left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 7:53 pm
Welcome back Unca Jay!! Clementi !! then can makan botak jonesssss.

10. Posh left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 8:33 pm
"If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth." Mark 9:23

11. Gary left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 9:09 pm
yeah. all hail to NEL supper every night. *runs away*

12. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 9:39 pm :: 
Linny: Funny you should be mentioning Clementi, I have a lead there where I will be meeting up with the MD to discuss opportunities.

Posh: You're right, sometimes it is wiser to just leave everything into His hands.

Gary: You crazy!!! Then again, I realise public transport after midnight sucks monkey balls.

13. sunflower left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 11:02 pm
Welcome u back for good! Happy to know you are finally back...

14. Ruok left...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 1:45 am
You can do it! :P

15. ahtiong73 left...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:35 pm ::
Still looking for werk right? Join me Thurs at Wala..this time the band won't start so late one.

16. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 3:15 pm
Sunflower & ruok: Thanks!

ahtiong73: Will be there although I may have to leave earlier due to 2 appointments the day after.

17. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 5:06 pm
welcome back! \(o)/

18. starmist left...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 5:35 pm
all the best, and do take care!

19. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 12:31 am :: 
hitomi and starmist: Thanks!

20. barffie left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 11:56 am
JIAYOU!!!!!!!!!! You can do ittttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!

21. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 1:05 pm :: 
Barffie: Wish me luck!

22. Dow left...
Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:52 pm
welcome back (again...). You didn't sound very happy the last time we chatted on msn, now i know why.

23. Chocolate gal left...
Friday, 14 November 2008 6:12 am
Good Luck~~ *waves pom pom in short skirt*

24. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 15 November 2008 2:33 pm :: 
Dow: Sorry. Couldn't really talk about it back then.

Chocolate Gal: oooooo...... short skirt~~~~

25. Hock Suan left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 12:02 am
Welcome home. :)
Remember what I said hor you kuku head! :p

26. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 9:24 am :: 
Hock Suan: You spoke to my ku ku bird!!!??? When? How come I don't know one!!?

27. grasshopper left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 2:14 pm
Glad to hear you're home and things will/are working out. It's been a while since we chat. Will chat catch soon k? Good luck and I'll see ya soon.

28. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 11:05 am :: 
Grasshopper: Thanks for the well wish. I shall wait for your return. We must go cheong again.

29. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 2:04 am
Hope everything is fine now.

30. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 3:49 pm :: 
PasserbyA: Still in transition of switching back to Singapore life. Will get there eventually.

10 November 2008

Taking Faith To School

You won't believe if I tell you that the above shot was taken right in heart of Singapore. Yes. A jungle in the middle of the concrete jungle.

Try to make a guess where this is, before scrolling down.
This was taken at the canal under the Newton Flyer over.

Remember my previous post about "Slowing Down Your Pace"? I would have missed this place had I been caught up with bustle of city life. It was a magical place. The serenity was simple amazing. Just a few seconds ago, I was walking out of Newton MRT station to volumes of cars zooming past non-stop. next moment before you know it, all is quiet except the "dok-dok" sounds of car tyres running over fly-over bridge section gap above us.

Other than that? Nothing. Not a sound. Really unreal.

So anyway, I have been using my free time these few days to take/fetch Faith to/from school. Given that I haven't a car this time round, we took public transportation and traveled on foot.

The time spent may be longer than via car, I felt that it was a very refreshing and enjoyable experience. I have more time to talk to Faith and catch up on the years that I have been missing. Sitting at the back of the bus and in the cabin of the train frees up my time at the steering wheel.

Last stretch of the road was on foot as she too has the chance to get to know me better as we walked hand in hand on the pavements and crossing streets.

This picture was taken between the traffic lights under the fly-over outside Newton MRT station.

Well, I am enjoying this during this time as much as I can before new events in our lives take that away.

- Voxeros

1. THB left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 1:51 pm
So sweet. =)

2. ahtiong73 left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 3:13 pm ::
Yeah, public transport is still the way to go for me.
Might wanna check this link out, very helpful tips when u tryong to get from A to B

3. ahtiong73 left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 3:47 pm ::
by the way i linked ya from my site

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 5:07 pm :: 
THB: Thanks. I think any dad would have done the same thing.

AhTiong73: Well, public transportation is not perfect though. It is a real bitch to get home after midnight.

5. sunflower left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 11:10 pm
Great mind think alike THB.. In my heart I was going to comment so sweet before i clicked to comment.
Yes it is soooooooooooo sweet.... I think all father look forward for tat.. I looking forward my hubby taking Yvette too soon...

6. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 3:17 pm :: 
sunflower: If you think about it, she is daddy's only girl. I guess all the love goes to her lor.

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Monday, 17 November 2008 8:11 pm ::
that's some green spot in Singapore, but i think sg has managed green spot like this accordingly, unlike what we had here .. hehe

8. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 10:47 am :: 
atrix: Welcome to the blog. Glad to have you hear. What amazed me was all the lush greenery was hidden under a flyover where thousands of cars zoomed over it everyday and yet not many people know about this little sanctuary.

08 November 2008

Voice Blog - Babysitting The JailBait Again

I wasn't planning on going to Timbre last night as I have a dinner appointment and another chillout session at Emerald Hill side.
Still I thought I needed to get to Timbre to see good bro AhTiong73, even if it means being there for just an hour or something. Well, what can I say but I got more than I bargained for as Gary and Ruok were there too when I arrived together with MsVindicta.

Yes, for some strange reason, I was babysitting the jailbait again. Hahaha.

Then someone suggested why not do another voice blog, presumably having listened to the earlier one just published earlier that day? So off we headed to the carpark to get away from the band who were playing during that time.

MsVindicta and I headed for Emerald Hill after the recording only to come back to Timbre later and we found even more people! From Posh to Wcwtay to EdEddEddy to TehSiSiuDai to Vandalin to the phew pheet Fitti and Sheree.

It was a good night out.

p.s. Eh Vandalin, we were just talking kok in the voice blog hor. Don't keel us!

---> Jay-Cast 2008-11-08 @ Singapore (Timbre @ The Substation)

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Sunday, 9 November 2008 1:37 am
you posted up the wrong clip lah! *smacks*

2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 9 November 2008 9:19 am :: 
msvindicta: Oops. My bad. Relinked liao.

3. thiang left...
Sunday, 9 November 2008 10:15 pm ::
Why am I not invited?!!!!!! :( Saturday night?!!

4. msvindicta left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 12:11 am
thiang: it was fri lah. the one where doug o was playing at muddy's.
wah uncle jay, got ppl say your voice young and sexy leh. 0.0

5. thiang left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 12:22 am ::
Before Linny, I was the youngest! Haha. And I like Ruok's voice!

6. ahtiong73 left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 3:05 pm ::
Great having ya guys along. The band that was on before The UnXpected didn't make an impression on me, really.
And Thiang...I DID ask you to Timbre!

7. JayWalk left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 4:44 pm :: 
Thiang: Yah lor. That night you working mah.

msvindicta: Yah, I get that a lot. *shameless*. Who ah?

AhTioing73: Always good to see you bro.

8. fitti left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 5:52 pm
eh, Jaywalk korkor, wat is phew pheet?
but hor, nice to see u there lah! =))

9. JayWalk left...
Monday, 10 November 2008 7:08 pm :: 
fitti:' When you put 2 fingers into your mouth and whistle real hard, you get "PHEW PHEET!!"

10. fitti left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 12:51 pm
wa...sibeh happy i so old liao still kena wolf whistle! Lub u leep leep!

11. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 9:49 pm :: 
fitti: As long as you happy, I phew pheet you everyday!

12. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 15 November 2008 10:03 pm
Ruok's voice is da best.. hahahhahaha...

13. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 15 November 2008 11:01 pm :: 
Chocolate Gal: You want his hp number or not? Let you listen until you song song gao jurong.

06 November 2008

Voice Blog - MsVindicta

Has been out the whole of today which robbed me of the time at the laptop to come up with today's entry.

Just when I was back home and ready to settle down for the evening to write something, I was called out by MsVindicta for dinner/coffee.

Boyfriend ditched her again. Haiz.....

So boh bian lor, last minute social escort to rescue the lonely damsel lor.
Then it dawned on me that hey, I can do a voice blog while I am out. And what better to do it with a friend just for the fun of it.

It's been quite a while since I did a voice blog and I have been meaning to do a group voice blog for the longest time.

Problem was that whenever I was back, either I procrastinated or the environment just wasn't conducive to do coz first you need to have a quiet enough environment or otherwise the noisy ambience background would have ruined the recording and you need a bit of privacy so as to avoid strange eyes looking which could make the recording really awkward.

So anyway, here it is after much hesitation by MsVindicta who was obviously shy and inexperienced with this.
Hence the very short voice blog. Still, it's a good start nevertheless.

Stay tuned for more of the voice blogs in days to come.

---> Jay-Cast 2008-11-06 @ Singapore (The Cathay Starbucks)

Image Credit:
- Voxeros

1. zeenie left...
Thursday, 6 November 2008 11:37 pm
eh bro, you back in Singapore? Drop me a line and we meet up? =)

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 6 November 2008 11:54 pm :: 
Zeenie: Yeah. See if can call you next week. We go shoot pool. Right now, my schedule is damn hectic.

3. msvindicta left...
Friday, 7 November 2008 12:17 am
this is strangely embarrassing.

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 November 2008 12:26 am :: 
msvindicta: Dun be. It was fun. :)

5. Gary left...
Friday, 7 November 2008 1:10 am
wah, i saw someone commenting "piak pool".. bo jio!!

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 November 2008 4:11 pm :: 
Gary: Haben piak yet, so naturally haben jio yet lor.

7. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 15 November 2008 10:07 pm
That's why i used to do my voice blogs in my home toilet.. hahaha.. my mom thinks i'm weird talking and recording...

8. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 15 November 2008 10:59 pm :: 
Chocolate Gal: But toilet got echo leh. Acoustics won't be as good lor.

04 November 2008

Singapore 2011

I was talking with a few friends and we touched on the topic of the current unpopularity of the Gahmen at present.

Could it be the fact that people these days are more vocal (less political apathetic) or are there more and more people getting increasingly dissatisfied with the present Gahmen?

Like the US and Taiwan, who regularly have popularity polls of their respective leader, I wonder how our PM Lee would fare if we have a poll today?

So anyway, we were talking about the coming elections in a few years' time and I am sure that there would be more people speaking up than before.

But the way I see it, the PAP would return to power successfully and continue yet another term in total power.


What if PAP return to power with a majority of the votes but loses Ang Mo Kio GRC?

Yes, I am thinking what would Singapore be like with a PAP gahmen without Lee Hsien Loong?

Look at the previous election. Granted that PM Lee won his constituency by a comfortable 66.14% of the votes but if you look at this from the other end, 5 relatively unknowns, running on the Worker's Party ticket, came in and just walked away almost effortlessly with nearly 50,000 votes.

That is really something to think about. And something for PM Lee to think about too.

Given that there has been lots of public displeasure at how the current economy, cost of living as well as the Mas Selamat, Merrill Lynch, UBS and the latest minibombs cases were handled, I am sure, there are even more people buay song with the Gahmen today then in 2006.

Yes, I think there will be a change in the political climate come 2011 although it won't be as drastic as the US, Malaysia and Taiwan.

And if you take the entire island's popular votes during the 2006 elections into count, the PAP lost nearly 9% of the votes as compared to the previous election.

At the rate the are running the island, we will see the PAP continue to lose votes.

Still, it is a few years before we reach 2011, who knows what would happen during this period?

Perhaps Merrill Lynch, UBS, Integrated Resorts as well as the other big spending projects would finally turn around after hitting bottom? Then perhaps it would be perfect timing come 2011 for the PAP to say "Hey, we were right all along. We already foresee this coming when we made the decision to invest in what seemingly then were loss-making ventures?

A big gamble, if you ask me, which could go either way. The PAP better pray that they wagered on the right horse for which if all these do turn out to be duds, I won't be surprised if they continue to lose another 9% or even more come 2011.

Image Credit: 
- Voxeros

1. THB left...
Wednesday, 5 November 2008 1:35 pm ::
Vote for opposition!!!

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 5 November 2008 8:50 pm :: 
THB: But only if the opposition candidate is credible.

3. Elsa left...
Friday, 7 November 2008 8:34 am
During election the govt always promise a grand plan or like a master plan where they chart for many years down the road. I was wondering if anyone actually track the materalisation of these plans many years down the road...probably the opposition but you think the oppostion will be so "on" to follow up years later?? Any comment on this?

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 November 2008 4:10 pm :: 
Elsa: Then let me ask you this. Can you remember what the Gahmen promised us during the elections?

02 November 2008

Halloween 2008

Faith wanted to decorate the house for Halloween and we make cut outs of Jack-O-Lanterns and bats to paste on the wall.

It was only after, we put everything up that we realised something wasn't right.

Yeah. Jack-O-Laterns, bats and KuanYin Goddess.

Aiyoh.... that was so wrong!

- Voxeros

1. sunflower left...
Monday, 3 November 2008 2:06 am
Haha this is so funny... Her idea?

2. Mistress Grace left...
Monday, 3 November 2008 9:03 am
Wah thats cute!!!

3. msvindicta left...
Monday, 3 November 2008 10:57 am
well, at least she didn't stick them right around the guanyin.
heh, but yea, very cute!

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Monday, 3 November 2008 11:34 am :: 
sunflower, mistress grace & msvindicta: I think that comes from my side of the genes. Pattern liao liao. :P

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Tuesday, 4 November 2008 10:37 pm
I noticed this the other night and wanted to comment but didn't hahahahahhaa

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008 11:51 am :: 
cowboycaleb: Yes. B1 do know what B2 is thinking.