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24 February 2009

Lost Generation



Got this youtube from Meepok and I tell you, it's damn good.

Second placing in the AARP U@50 video contest.

Must see!
- Voxeros

1. starm|st left...
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 10:09 am
wow......


2. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 8:56 pm
fwah... AWESOME!


3. ahtiong73 left...
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 9:39 pm
jinkiang!!


4. Ed left...
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:57 pm
brilliant !


5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 8:59 am :: 
All: Wit at its very best.


6. aileen left...
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 11:32 am
totally cool. there is hope!


7. Mistress Grace left...
Thursday, 26 February 2009 10:08 am
Fantastic!!!


8. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 7 March 2009 7:42 am :: 
aileen & mistress grace: A flash of brilliance there.
 

23 February 2009

Call Lorbert


Saw this car last week when I was at a red light.

Our friend TK got new car har?

*run away*
- Voxeros

1. Bear Bear left...
Monday, 23 February 2009 10:13 am :: http://bigbrownbearbear.blogspot.com
... And here I was wondering how come I am having traffic from Uncle Jay's site.
YOU WIN.


2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 February 2009 9:42 pm :: 
Bear Bear: Hee Hee.....

20 February 2009

Food Without Soul


505 Jurong West Street 51 Hawker Centre - Keeping It Real And Grounded. Thumbs Up.

It's been almost 10 years since I left Singapore and returned. One of the things I noticed is the sprouting of food courts everywhere and the slowly fading of the kopitiams (real ones not the food court bluff one) and old skool hawker centres.

It saddens me as most of these so called food courts are just merely turn-key operations. They get the ingredients and supplies from a central processing factory and all they do is just throw them together, heat them up and serve.

Gone are the days where the hardworking hawkers wake up at God-forsaken hours to buy and prepare their food for the day. Each with their own secret recipes and in some time-traditioned hawkers, passed down from grandfather to father to them and perhaps to their children in future.

It's really no surprised if the same food at one of these places taste the same at another. And the kick in the teeth is that some of these hawkers charge exorbitant prices for it.

We want more of the Katong Laksas (Katong only, please), Ampang Yong Tau Foos (Sembawang), Hougang Markets, Geylang Kopitiams and more.

Those ultra-sanitised food courts really CMI lor.


Thye Hong at Wisma Atria Food Republic - Gone Are The Good Old Days. Thumbs Down.
Image Credits: http://www.camemberu.com; http://www.ladyironchef.com
- Voxeros

1. Pam left...
Friday, 20 February 2009 6:16 pm
your post has made me vvv hungry leh....!! :)


2. sunflower left...
Saturday, 21 February 2009 12:40 am
Not nice meh.. not bad wad... :D


3. alex left...
Saturday, 21 February 2009 10:46 am
JW I completely agree with you. Hawker centres and kopitiams always have the best food ever.


4. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 2:55 am :: 
Pam: Was just thinking about you.... missed you.... I here no have theatre/drama kaki to go with!!!

sunflower: Not good enough lor..... Your house there the Lorong 5 hawker centre muuuuuuuch better lor.

alex: haiz....everybody these days just want the easy way out. No pride one.


5. Pam left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 4:53 pm
dude... miss you too. sigh. am thinking of going back in aug. you still travelling loads in your new job? otherwise can we make a date - will you let you know when flights are booked! (as an aside - am going to watch a play next month sometime with a friend in london - and get this, one of the cheaper tix is 33 quid! top dollar is 50!! OMG).


6. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 8:17 pm :: 
Pam: The prices here these days also not cheap liao.... goto http://www.sistic.com.sg and see for yourself.

Look forward to see you in August. I don't travel very much. Furthest is KL only. I declined to fly Shanghai recently. Not until I clean up the operations here good and proper which may be as long as 3 to 5 years as I am building it from the ground up.

Eh... August we go see play lah!


7. FA left...
Friday, 6 March 2009 12:39 am :: http://www.fireangelism.com
AMPANG YONG TAU FOO IS FOUND IN AMPANG, MALAYSIA UNDERSTAND!!!
oh btw... found you! :D


8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 6 March 2009 8:52 am :: 
FA: Welcome to the blog! And yes, thank you for the little info update, Captain Obvious.

As the name suggests, the cuisine hailed from Ampang but I was refering to the Ampangians (Ampangese? Ampangeans? Ampangs? Ampangish? AmPengYew?) who slaved away in the kitchen starting from the wee hours of the morning just to make our palettes tingle and our tummy happy.
 

19 February 2009

World Champion Taxi Driver


For those who are familiar with my World Champion Chauffeur back in QQLand, I now have a World Champion Taxi Driver in RamlyLand.

It all happened with I was on a business trip to KL to visit a factory in the middle of nowhere. Well, smacked in the middle of the palm tree plantation.

Getting there in the morning of Day 2 was the itinerary which got off with no hiccups as a kind colleague picked us up en route to work from Petaling Jaya.

But it's when we proceeded to the next item in the itinerary (meetings back in PJ) was when it all went downhill.

Our local colleagues booked a taxi for us to head back to PJ (90km away) and the following was the sequence of events.
  1. World Champion Taxi Driver blur f*cked. Forgot about the booking until we called him.

  2. World Champion Taxi Driver arrived 1 hour later. We couldn't get any other cabs in the interim as he is the ONLY cab available in the God-forsaken place.

  3. World Champion Taxi arrived with the windows all down. In other words, World Champion Taxi got no aircon.

  4. We hopped in the back of the car only to realised that World Champion Taxi got not seat belt at the back.

  5. We had to press down the lock button and sit closer to the middle coz World Champion Taxi door lever dangles freely and we wondered if the door will swing open halfway through the journey.

  6. As nervous as we are about the journey, we didn't hold on to the overhead grab bar of the World Champion Taxi. They were broken off and missing a long time ago.

  7. http://www.plurk.com/p/g1dvw

  8. World Champion Taxi spluttered, hiccuped and jerked barely 500m away from the factory. World Champion Taxi got no petrol in its tank. World Champion Taxi Driver shrugged and smiled like an idiot saying that his petrol meter still shows 1/4 tank.
  9. Lucky for us, World Champion Taxi was on a mild down slope and we glided at 10 km/h per hour for a few kilometers under the scorching hot sun until we found a Shell Petrol Station.
  10. My colleague soaked his underwear from all the perspiration while waiting for the World Champion Taxi to glide into the petrol station.

  11. World Champion Taxi Driver pumped only about RM 20.00 worth of petrol which by my calculation, he will run out of petrol AGAIN after he drop us off. Which by then, is bor wa eh tai jee liao.
I hate my World Champion Taxi Driver. T_T
- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Thursday, 19 February 2009 2:13 am
i think every sequence of event, you just go WTF?!?!


2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 2:53 am :: 
Gary: facepalm, slap forehead. you name it, i'd have probably done it.

18 February 2009

My Laptop Is Possessed! Sue The Catholic Church!


It's one of those days where my laptop go nuts on me.

Just thank God it didn't slither like a snake nor marched like a chao recruit.
- Voxeros

1. ahtiong73 left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:39 pm
think there's a shortcut keys to resolve it


2. msvindicta left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 2:17 pm
eh i think that's quite cute what. if it happened to me i'll be giggling.


3. merryfeet left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 11:04 pm
o.O *guffaws* This is damn funny! haha. How'd you resolve it in the end?


4. sh left...
Friday, 20 February 2009 7:05 pm :: http://www.clothesdomatter.blogspot.com/
just press ctrl + Alt and up key =')


5. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 2:49 am :: 
Ahtiong73, msvindicta, sh, merryfeet: Actually, this is due to the fact that my laptop is a tablet and as such the orientation of the screen moves according to where you are in laptop mode or tablet mode. It was one of those day where I switch back to laptop mode but the screen didn't follow suit.

You see the 4 round buttons below the screen? The left most is the "orientation" button. Press that and you get back to laptop mode.

17 February 2009

Picanto BooKarKay


It was late in the night as I finally wrapped up my work for the day to head home. Some where en route, I saw a petrol station with a manual car wash and I thought what the heck, let's pull in and get this baby cleaned up. Besides, I wanted to get a break from the monotonous driving.

As the car wash sprayed the entire car with soap, I can't help but let out a chuckle.

Hmm.... bookarkay..... so that's how it looks like from the other end!

wahahaha.....

p.s. OK. BooKarKay is deliberate misspelled so that my blog don't show up in the wrong searches. For the still clueless -> Click Here.


- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 12:58 am
LOL.. *fap fap fap*


2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 1:14 am :: 
Gary: ahahahaahah


3. deek left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 6:46 am
how come korean B&**? I thought you moved up to Jap? *hahahahahah*


4. ahtiong73 left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:41 pm
knn drive u also can think of that...
when i grow up i wanna be like youuuuuuu


5. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 2:46 am :: 
deek: *ahem* I don't discriminate can?

Ahtiong73: thank you... thank you very much....

16 February 2009

Sunday, 15 Feb 2009



It all started last week when we were celebrating my MIL's birthday when in the spirit of the Chinese New Year, we rolled up 10 pieces of individually number paper for my MIL to pick a lucky 4D.

As it turned out, it was 5984.

It was a busy week for me in view of my KL trip where I had to squeeze 5 working days into 3 prior to me flying up. As a result, I forgot to buy 4D for the Wednesday that followed. (A check with the 4D results showed that the number didn't strike that Wednesday. Heng ah.)

Then I tried to buy on Saturday only to realised that I reached the 4D station too late to make it for the Saturday draw (which also didn't strike. Heng ah x2.), which left me with the ticket only for Sunday's draw.


Then come the following Sunday which for those who have been following my blog would know that I am forever fighting the losing battle of trying to get to church punctually.


http://www.plurk.com/p/g8axp

I got to the church late and after dropping off everybody, I went in search of that elusive parking space but to no avail. In the end, I really dulan and just headed off to the nearby YaKun for kopi and to cool off before I upset everybody with my dulan-ness.

So there I was, eating my soft boiled eggs and Kopi-O Gao, when...

http://www.singaporepools.com.sg/en/lottery/4d_results.html
via kwout

And true to the word, my number never strike. TMD.... That slut.  Grrr... *waves fist*

Maybe God is punishing me for not showing up for church. So by the same argument, does that mean I will strike next week if I get to church on time? Wahaha...... (I am so going to hell for this entry).

- Voxeros

1. Mistress Grace left...
Monday, 16 February 2009 7:29 am
I think its more of the underwear... I dont think God would punish you for missing church...


2. Hamie left...
Monday, 16 February 2009 2:30 pm
me think God will say, "nabeh lah, you" then went about dealing with more serious issues. like making Singapore Association of Bloggers fail. oh, tat already failed! *facepalm*
*WIDE GRIN*


3. ahtiong73 left...
Monday, 16 February 2009 3:58 pm
It has happened before..when readers buys the same number as you write in blog and really strike!
Think MrBrownShow...


4. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 12:35 am :: 
Mistress Grace: I was just kidding about the God punishing part. But heck it was hell of a funny story. :)

Hamie: I don't think God has a hand in the failure of the ABS. That one is slated for self-destruct right from the beginning.

AhTiong73: Let's hope all those who followed me can HUAT together with me. :)


5. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 9:03 pm
God is not punishing you. Teasing, perhaps.
If you do get to church on time, then that will be reward enough, no?


6. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 9:04 pm
alamak read ur kidding comment after I commented.
Oh well. :P


7. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 1:08 am :: 
ruok: FAIL.


8. Ruok left...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 9:00 pm
judge not, lest ye be judged :P


9. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 February 2009 2:50 am :: 
ruok: Bleh..... Meh.
 

15 February 2009

Brace! Brace!


Ngee Ann City Basement 2 - 27 Oct 2008

The above picture was taken on 27 Oct 2008 when I just returned to Singapore. I had already known that the world is heading towards an economic meltdown and I took this picture as I was quite surprised to see my fellow Singaporeans obviously still oblivious to the dire situation.

The whole place was buzzing with people at a time where it was just an ordinary day i.e. people weren't buying ahead of the festive period when this particular picture was taken.


Marina Square Ground Floor - 18 Jan 2009

Fast forward a few months and we were days prior to the Chinese New Year and it was a shocking contrast to what I've witnessed a mere few months ago.

Ironically, the crowded was so sparse despite the fact that Chinese New Year season is one of the craziest retail period.

We are in for a bad landing. So buckle up and assume emergency landing position.

Brace! Brace!
- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Monday, 16 February 2009 5:33 am
we can only hope that the money given out to the Americans will not be keep in the piggy bank, because Obama promises tax cut. and it only encourages the Americans to save, instead of spending.


2. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 12:37 am :: 
Gary: The way I see it, people will take the money and save as no one is really THAT confident that Obama's stimulus package will definitely work. As such, everyone would have to be the naive one to "kena sabo-ed" in the event that the package don't pan out as planned.

09 February 2009

Trip To The Nursery


It was a lazy Saturday morning as we all took a trip down to Hougang Avenue 1 for breakfast. As I was told there was a very famous Chai Tow Kway stall where the idiosyncratic hawker got everybody all queued up long long for it.


Anyway, the Chai Tow Kway was so-so but unlike the usual hawker fare which is usually overladen with sauces that you can no longer taste the subtle sweetness of the white carrot aka radish. Well, this hawker does exactly the opposite of that as this particular stall hates frying the carrot cake in black. Most of the time where I was here, the hawker has this big sign that says "Today No Fry Black", literally translated of course.

So once we have had our tummy-patting satisfaction, we headed across the car park to the nursery where the wifey wanted to buy curry leaf, mint leaf and basil leaf plants.

I think she watches one too many episode of Jaime Oliver.

Faith was especially thrilled to be there as there were 2 resident kitty cats lazing around where she was so excited to see them but too chicken to touch them. *facepalm*

The boss at No.14 if I may add, is a very nice elderly chap. Very funny guy.


Buying the plants was a chop chop curry pok affair as frankly speaking, they all looked the same to us.
We asked for the plant, we get the plant, we pay for the plant. we get outta there.

As I approached the exit of the car park, I saw the ERP car park gantry....














............. ALAMAK!! I TORE A 50-CENT PARKING COUPON EARLIER!!!!!!!! T_T

- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Monday, 9 February 2009 9:12 am
he facepalm moment belongs to you, not faith. heh.


2. ahtiong73 left...
Monday, 9 February 2009 3:00 pm
eh which chai tow kuay..so near me how come i dunch know ah?!


3. ra left...
Monday, 9 February 2009 6:06 pm :: http://www.tiradeagainsthumanity.blogspo
we've all done that before, dude. the parking coupon thing i mean. haha.


4. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 8:36 am :: 
msvindicta: Nope. Facepalm is for her. For me is bang balls.

ahtiong73: It's at the lower tier of the split level hawker center, facing the nurseries under the name of "Geylang Chai Tow Kway" (translated from Chinese).

ra: MA FIFTY CENTS!!!!!!!!! T_T


5. Gary left...
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 6:06 pm
did the parking attendant give you an award? *runs away*


6. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 15 February 2009 7:36 pm :: 
Gary: You stoopid kotek. Got ERP parking liao, still got attendant one meh?


7. Gary left...
Monday, 16 February 2009 5:30 am
then you still tear a parking coupon!?! kootek back to you..


8. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 12:38 am :: 
Gary: Haiz..... FML.
 

01 February 2009

Old JVC TV


This old TV now sits at my maternal grandma-in-law's place and it's like seeing an old friend whenever I visit during Chinese New Year.

I remember very clearly that we bought this TV on the Deepavali weekend of 1986 and there is a story to that.

1986 was the year I was in Secondary 3 where I was in the morning session i.e. I need to up at 5:45am and out of the house at 6:10am on the dot. Any delay and I will be late for school for between my house and the bus stop is a 15-minute brisk walk. Any later and the buses would be so packed with students that they won't stop at my bus stop coz there is no way they can take in more passengers and no one is likely to get out at my stop during that time of the day.

So what that means is that I have to turn in early for the night if I were to be able to wake up so early. Problem is that there were a lot of good TV shows screen at the hour of midnight e.g. The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, etc.

What I would do is to set the VCR on timer and videotape the shows where I will return at lunch time to watch them.

Just before I leave my house in the morning, I would eject the tape from the VCR that has been recording the night before and pop it into the auto-rewinder below it so that when I return from school, I can save the few seconds of waiting for the tape to rewind so that I can watch the recorded show.

Problem that fateful day was that instead of the tape finish rewinding and pop up obediently, the tape inside snapped and the rewinder just went on and on and on until it overheated and burst into flames.

What resulted was a melted tape rewinder and on top of the media cabinet was a melted VCR, TV and the air-conditioning unit directly above on the ceiling.

It was quite the fire while I was in school but fortunately, the folks in the house were able to put it out but not without the smell of molten plastics filling the house and a charred blackened wall leading up to the ceiling.
Thus, the purchase of the JVC TV right on the weekend of Deepavali 1986.

Fast forward to a few years ago where the colour was going a bit wonky. We threw it away and replaced it with a flat-screen TV.

My grandma-in-law side whom were are frugal background decided to take it and give it a good home.
Today means that the TV is 23 years old and the grand dame is running strong sans the masking tape to hold the falling plastic handles and hinges.

Rock on, JVC!

- Voxeros 


1. Everton left...
Monday, 2 February 2009 5:04 am
An interesting story. Speaking of the bus stop, I remember I was late for school many times because the buses were full. If I did not catch the 6:50 a.m. bus, I knew I would be locked out of the school gate by the time I arrived.
Is JVC an European television. A belated happy lunar new year.


2. darkelfin left...
Monday, 2 February 2009 10:00 am
JVC Rox! Mine lasted for ard 20 yrs also.


3. nerak left...
Monday, 2 February 2009 12:24 pm
And the subtitle that's being displayed right now seems so apt for this post.
And since when is JVC an European brand? So Hitachi is from Korea? Heh..


4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 2 February 2009 7:55 pm :: 
Everton: I think we both take bus from the same bus stop at East Sussex Lane where we have to walk around the entire RJC campus.

JVC = Japan Victor Company. Not European.

darkelfin: Gone of there days where we send for the tv repairman. These days, we just throw and buy new one.

nerak: Don't be an asshat. People really dunno mah....


5. Raven left...
Thursday, 5 February 2009 12:15 pm :: http://iceponytrekking.blogspot.com/
Hello, I enjoyed your blog and the photos. Can I ask you how you added the Shout Blackboard? Would love that for my blog.
Please email me at IcePonyGoddess(at)Gmail(dot)com
Thanks! Ice Pony Girl


6. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 5 February 2009 9:41 pm :: 
Raven aka Ice Pony Girl: Welcome to the blog! Goto How To Do A JayWall Chalkboard.

While you are at it, check out the Chalk Board Flowers collection.
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