29 March 2010

QQLand Incorrigble Parking

Took this picture off a balcony when I saw how the folks here park their cars. If you click to enlarge, you can see the painted lines, that's how the car were originally supposed to park.

Parking idiots gathering?

Welcome to QQLand. 
- Voxeros

28 March 2010

Dumbass Of The Week XIII

It was 24 Mar 2010 when George W. Bush and Bill Clinton went down to Haiti to visit the earthquake victims.

Bush was caught wiping his hand on Clinton's shirt after shaking hands with one of the victims.

Dumbass Move #1 for wiping his hand after shaking hands. Reminds me of how Dr Seet Ai Mee lost her 1991 elections after been spotted to be washing her hands after shaking that of a fishmonger.

Dumbass Move #2 for wiping his hand on Clinton's back in a sneaky fashion.

That's a really low move, even for a Bush.
- Voxeros

27 March 2010

My Nuts

Was reviewing new samples when we chance upon this.

I was the only one laughing away as the rest of the folks looked on like I was a lunatic. They obviously did not get the joke

I can see it now when we send the promoter out to the stores.

"Hello Auntie, you want to try My Nuts? My Nuts really nice to eat wor! My Nuts very cheap!! Lai, EAT MA NUTS!!!"

Let's just say that I am going to confine this to the non-English speaking markets. LOL.

- Voxeros

25 March 2010

Crisis Of Faith

I plurked that a few weeks ago on the day just before I left Singapore.

I was in Church and possibly my very last church service in a long time to come.

I have been praying for months to find something worthwhile to do in Singapore so that I can remain close to my family and friends. Alas, it has fallen on deaf ears or was there no one at the other end to pick up my prayer call in the first place?

Now don't get me wrong, I love my current job and the opportunity that comes with it. It is like the Two of Spades in the game of Chor Dai Dee where it is the best card and you only play it right at the end. However, the price to pay for that kind of money and power is beyond imagination. A solitary nomadic life. Not many people have the mental appetite for it. 

My crisis of faith arises when my prayers went unanswered and I have had a miserable year prior, working with idiots and morons. I was there to bear witness to see good people suffered injustice while I was helpless to offer any assistance. I was also there to see two-faced conniving witches pretending to be angels while plotting your murder.

Where were You?

I am now in QQLand on my own and I believe I got there on my own. Some may say that this is God's plan to put me in QQLand which is why my prayers to remained in Singapore were denied.

I say bullshit. That's just self-fulfilling prophecy.

So for now, I am taking a break and to get myself some peace of mind. I am done looking for Him. He can come look for me instead, if He exists in the first place.

- Voxeros

1. Nerak left...
Thursday, 25 March 2010 2:42 pm
It's not easy for you to say such as I know you have always been a rather staunch Christian.
If you are still feeling upset, you still have me to talk to! :)

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 25 March 2010 4:34 pm :: 
Nerak: I was never a staunch Christian and neither am I a good one. I am just one. I think.

3. darkelfin left...
Thursday, 25 March 2010 7:22 pm
well, u know wat staunch christians will say. this is all god's way of testing you. and you have FAILED!
dun worry, if u are upset, you still have Nerak to talk to. :)

4. barffie left...
Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:09 pm
Don't give up. Faith (on a general term) is there, so people have something to always look towards to, or to fall back on when the going gets tough... I don't think I can do what you did, but I can understand that you just had to. =(

5. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:23 pm :: 
Darkelfin: To those supposedly staunch Christians, I say screw them.

Fail? Fail lor! Seriously, I stopped caring already.

Barffie: Well, in this case, I only had myself to fall back on.

6. Ruok left...
Friday, 26 March 2010 11:19 pm
We almost always want the answers to our prayers to be a positive one. But what if the answer is a "no"? Do you reject it or accept it? I believe He answers prayers; just that His answers are not always "yes". It could be a "no"; it might even be a "not right now". Point is, he does answer them. We just have trouble accepting his answers when it doesn't go according to our plan.
I found this book to be helpful when I had my own crisis of faith. "Reaching for the Invisible God" - Philip Yancey. Hopefully you will find it as useful as I have.

7. Gary left...
Saturday, 27 March 2010 2:19 am
there are certain things in life you cant never say, that is it. I believe even if God had put you there, there is a reason to it. no? God's plan is always the best, but human beings refuse to accept as they think that their plans are the best, but in the end, fall short and deny the glory to God. Perhaps you have some unfinished business..

8. merryfeet left...
Saturday, 27 March 2010 3:16 am
This little Asok here (not such a blur f* anymore but unfortunately, still blur, and still the lowest lifeform, exp. a/c servicing in an mnc) is commenting because she faced the very same thing you witnessed. Peace, integrity and intelligence cannot co-exist in Singapore is it, must target the Asok to save his own ass. Wtf.
Somehow whenever I feel the need to complain i come to your blog and you are talking about the same thing haha.
And anyway.. Atheist here. I never knew who I was speaking to when I was encouraged to try prayers for 2 years at the alma-mater. I don't believe. I can't. And I really don't like it when people tell me for all of my problems and happiness, it's God's plans. I go through the shit and found my happiness because I made the decisions that landed me there in the first place, so it could go either way. Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, but I'm not comfortable with the Church's.
I survived alone in a foreign land without friends for a month, can't even speak the language. I know it can't be compared to your long term posting overseas la, but I believe you will be well. Jiayou! Be strong!

9. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 27 March 2010 1:05 pm :: 
ruok & Gary: I am familiar with Yancey's work. The skeptic in me just find that "it's God plan for you" is just too convenient an answer to explain everything.

It is a self-owning exercise where every prophecy ends up being self-fulfilled.

Merryfeet: I know how you feel. You keep dialing the hotline only to be put on hold for hours. You wonder if there is anybody actually on the other side of the line or were you just merely put on machinese to listen to endless loop of muzak?

10. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 27 March 2010 1:13 pm
Errr.. i loan you my Guan yin ma, okie? No stress no stress.. Huggiess....

11. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 27 March 2010 1:20 pm :: 
Chocolate Gal: Thanks for the offer but I prefer to walk this path on my own for now.

12. Mistress Grace left...
Saturday, 27 March 2010 9:52 pm
Its your karma, would Karma be a better explanation for things. Jay, faith means having belief in something even if the answer is not yes and having the ability to accept things as they are. As you know, I am not a staunch religious person. But then, if you are christian because you are christian, then you shouldnt be in the faith itself.

13. barffie left...
Sunday, 28 March 2010 1:36 am
Faith, to me... it's something within me. It's not a 'higher being' or a 'force of nature' or something. So I guess, 靠自己還是最實際的。。。

14. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 28 March 2010 9:49 am :: 
Mistress Grace: I do not believe Karma in the religious sense but I do believe what goes around, comes around.

Barffie: Yes, that is perhaps how it can describe me. I am helping myself.

They say put everything into the Hands of the Lord and he shall take care of it. It's like the queue at a gahmen agency. Yes, they will help but God (no pun intended) knows how long before the queue reaches you.

Hence, I just decided to do things on my own. Those folks who still have the so-called faith, I say they can sit there and slowly wait while I get off my ass and start making things happen.

15. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 5:28 am
The thing is, nobody can truly tell you what God's plans are for you. And if I've caused you to believe so from my comments then I apologise. I was just trying to impress we might not like God's answers to our prayers.
I too am not an advocate of just leaving everything to God and let him take care of it. It's again coming out from the genie complex some Christians are prone to.
It might not be biblical, but I've always believed God helps those who help themselves. So no, i don't expect you or any Christians to sit on their arse and leave Him to do everything. Why not get a genie lamp instead?
If you've already read the book I mentioned, you might want to take a look at this other one : "Prayer" with the tagline "Does It Make Any Difference"

16. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 7:15 am ::
ruok: No need to apologise. I where you are coming from. I used to tell the same thing to other skeptic.

Here's the thing about God helping those who help themselves. If I am helping myself, I don't need Your help liao loh.

Again, I used to be an advocate of God helping those who help themselves. Now it's kinda coming back to bite me in the ass. Karma's a bitch sometimes.

17. Sophie left...
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:37 pm
Its okay to take a break from God, Jay. Faith will find you again.

18. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:46 pm :: 
Sophie: Well, we'll see how it goes. Not going to think about it anymore. If it happens, it happens. If not, the no biggie either.

21 March 2010

Cigarette Biscuits

Was at Carrefour in Bangkok doing market research when I chanced upon this.

Wow. This is definitely great stuff for the kids. I am so buying this for them!

Branding FAIL.
- Voxeros

20 March 2010

Towel Elephant

I checked into my hotel at BKK and was immediately greeted by this cute little elephant. Originally I thought it was a soft toy but upon closer look, it is actually and elephant made from folded towels.

- Voxeros

18 March 2010

Thai Red Army March

It's great to be a Road Warrior again. Perhaps this is my calling after all. Cursed to never be able to settle in any single location for long.

Destined to be a nomad, perhaps?

So anyway, I am writing this in Bangkok and smack in the middle of the Thai Red Army March in protest against the incumbent government.

Quite a bit of drama as litres of human blood with spilled and splashed to curse the present government, grenades tossed and cache of weapons discovered and confiscated.

In all, it was a peaceful event and I am glad that both sides exercised great restrain to erupt this event into one of violence.

The folks were pleasantly friendly then when we got caught in the jam of the Red March, one of the Red supporters actually politely asked us to turn our car around as they apologise that we wouldn't be able to get onto the street that we want as the procession will take quite a bit of time.

Tourist were all over the streets whipping out their camera, mobile phones and snapping away in total safety. The Red folks even waved back at us when we took their pictures.

Gotta love them Thai folks. Such sincere graciousness and friendliness that we should take a leaf and learn from them.

It's great to be a Road Warrior again.

- Voxeros

05 March 2010

$1. How About It?

This has been going on for many years already. Dr Chee was sued by the Lees and was awarded a shitload of damages against him. As a result, Dr Chee had to declare bankruptcy, which effectively disqualify him from standing for future elections until he is discharge.

Some may say that this is the ruling party' tactic to prevent Dr Chee from running against them but I was thinking that surely the court would not have ruled in favour of the Lees had the allegations of defamation been disproved?

The court's decision to award damages of such magnitude may raise an eyebrow or two but the bottomline is that Dr Chee made some remarks that were found to be untrue and hence taken to task for it. No?

So here's what I think. How about a merely token gesture of $1 and all legal fees?

That way, the Lees will get what they wanted and that is the various allegations made by Dr Chee were untrue while on the flip side, Dr Chee will not be forced into bankruptcy and subsequently able to stand for election to challenge the polls fair and square.

It is not as if Dr Chee is a sure winner just because he stands for election. I mean if the ruling party thinks that they have done well and have the hearts of the people, what are they afraid of? I do not believe a mere Dr Chee can inflict so much fear into the ruling party. Quite unthinkable. Really.

I say do everything above board and challenge Dr Chee man to man. That way, when the ruling party wins, they would have won it fair and square and nobody can say otherwise.

So how about it? $1 and we close the case. Given that the ministers are soooooooo highly paid, I am sure they don't want the money and especially money under such circumstances.

- Voxeros

04 March 2010

Jelly Lost At 7-11

Awww.... did someone lose a Jelly? We found one at 7-11.

Image Credit: TehC
- Voxeros

03 March 2010

QQLand Revisited

For those wondering where I have disappeared to, I headed back to QQLand.

After a good couple of months of rest, it was decided that I should head back there where my skill sets and experience are actually worth some decent moolah. It great to be back to a place where people appreciates what I have to contribute.

Gone are the days of working for idiot boss and moron colleagues (sans a few good ones).
Welcome to the major league.

I did try to find something back in Singapore in order to stay close to family and friends but alas doors weren't open or the offer just doesn't make cents at all. Worst is the asshole company that didn't even have the balls to tell me no. Cowards.

So anyway, I have been here a few days already. Accommodation is settled.

Had to arm twist the folks there into getting me a QQLand mobile sim card as well as wireless network on a borrowed laptop.

I am working from a coffee table seated on a sofa.

I don't have an office yet as I am slated to be based in another city which will happen sometime later half of this year. I guess my table and chair will show up when we move office in 2 weeks' time.

I need a neck massage from all that awkward sitting posture.

I am happy albeit missing everybody back home.
- Voxeros