15 December 2015

RunForFunds - StanChart Marathon 2015 Update 2

A very big heartfelt thanks to those who stepped forward and dropped a little something into the hat for the RunForFunds project.

Words cannot express my gratitude for the generous gestures.

The above is the contributors' list. The contributors' respective names, for privacy purposes, have been replaced with a reference number, whom I had earlier informed each and everyone who is which.

The list above has to be published so that the amount tallies with the screen capture of my outgoing internet transfer of the corresponding amount (see below).

All in the name of transparency.

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As for the half marathon, I am happy to report that I did complete the 21km, albeit in a less-than-stellar time of 2:57:39. Way off my intended target of 2:29:59.

Still, I am thankful for the encouragements that kept me going.

I promise I will clock a better half marathon time at the next Sundown Marathon 2016.

Once again, I thank everyone for supporting RunForFunds.

Thank you.

Afternote: I have a last minute contribution that was missed at the time of this entry earlier. I am adding the wire transfer slip below and have updated the contributors' list above. No prize for guessing who was late! :P

Nevertheless, still an awesome big thank you for the support! Muakz.

- Voxeros

07 December 2015

A Year Of Running 2015

The recently concluded StanChart Marathon 2015, which I completed the half marathon, marked the end of my running calendar for the year.

While the result has not be satifactory due to cramps midway, I still managed to scrape in under 3 hours.

In any case, inadequate training due to haze, cramps and/or bad route planning causing human traffic jams are just excuses.

I will run better the next round with the Sundown Marathon 2016 (Half Marathon) on my radar.

More importantly, I am happy to report that I raised some money for RunForFunds which I will publish the details shortly.

Remember the above entry from 2 years ago? Perhaps an update is in order.

1. Shoe Wallet.

It is still serving me well. The velcro has died during my time in QQland but I managed to get the Drycleaner Auntie below my apartment to "re-velcro" the wallet. It was a most unsightly patch job as she just used whatever velcro she could find in her drawer. I was ok with it considering that fact that she was not a professional seamstress and she charged me only RMB 5.00 (about SGD 1.00) for the job.

She was surprised why I hung on to this shoe wallet for dear life when most people would simply just throw it away.

Let's face it, where on Earth can you find a shoe wallet in this day and age? I can't. Not even on the almighty

So anyway, for a modest sum of a mere dollar, I get to extend the life by at least another 5 years. Why not?

2. Runner's Belt

The zip broke off 2 weeks ago, thus ending its loyal service of more than 2 years. I have since replaced it with a double zipper version. Bought it off Qoo10 for SGD 7.50 after getting a SGD 2.00 discount coupon off the purchase.

This is for short runs when I don't need to carry water on me.

3. Water Belt

The last water belt was given away and since I haven't been doing any long runs (more than 10km) when I was in QQland. It wasn't until when I started training for the StanChart half marathon this year, that MistressGrace had so kindly given me her belt since she no longer needs it.

Thank you, MistressGrace. Muakz.

The belt is very comfortable. However, the water bottle capacity is a tad small. The back pouch was also a tad too small that I had to sacrifice a bottle space to put my mobile phone. On the actual day of the half marathon, I had to sacrifice a second bottle space to store my gels.

All things considered, they are just mere minor problems, since there are adequate number of water stations along the route of the entire race.

4. Music

I gave away the Creative Zen to Faith since it made no sense to carry an additional item when the iPhone can double up as an MP3 player. That too had gone to Walkman Heaven earlier this year after 6 years.

As for earphones, the Sennheiser PMX-80 Sport is also long gone and I wasn't able to find this model in Singapore anywhere. In its place, I opted to go bluetooth wireless and bought the Jabra Sport Wireless+.

Initially, I thought the built-in FM tuner would be a welcoming change from having to listen to my playlist over and over again and bluetooth would save me the hassle of having to deal with wires.

I thought wrong.

First off, the FM tuner sucks. The neck strap, across the back of your neck connecting the two ear pieces, doubles up as an antenna is too short, resulting in almost-to-nothing reception. Secondly, the battery life lasts shortly under 2 hours. Good for a simple 5K run but certainly falls short of my long run requirement.

As a result, I replaced it with a cheapo Philips SRS4840 for about SGD 20-something from Best Denki. Good value for money considering this fella is close to indestructible.

5. Heart Rate Monitor

Since the last Polar disasters (plural), I got the Wahoo BlueHR in May 2013.

This items is relative cheaper than all the other HRMs as it does not come coupled with a watch. This fella connects directly with my phone.

2 years on and 2 battery changes since, it is still working perfectly. I coupled this with the Digifit's iRunner app and has never looked back since.

6. Running Shoe

The Asics GT-2140 was showing signs of wear and tear since the beginning of the year but I kept procrastinating, pushing it back to the end of the next run after next run. Finally from Green Corridor, to HomeTeam Real Run, to Sundown Marathon and to Asics City Relay, I got a new pair of shoe.

Besides, the StanChart Marathon was too big a risk to run in a pair of shoes that was threatening to fall apart any time and also I needed enough time and mileage to break in the new pair.

Introducing the Asics GT-2000 (T500N).

This pair of shoes is a tad lighter and bouncier. Not sure, it is one of those new tech energy-return thingie or just a refreshing change from dying rubber.

7. Running Socks

In the past, I swore by Thorlo sock. I love the added padding at the ball of the foot as well as the heel. Not only do they feel comfortable, you get some sense of added security knowing that there is some sort of reinforcements down there.

Still, when it comes to long runs, I had to tape up my feet, especially under the balls of my feet to prevent the risk of blisters. I used Strappal rigid strapping tape for that, by the way..

When I bought the new running shoes at Feder Sports (ask for Jeffrey), I thought I'd pick up new running socks as well. Unfortunately, the nice sales lady (Jeff was busy with another customer and I didn't want to kachow him) said that they don't carry Thorlo anymore and recommended Feetures instead.

I was initially skeptical about it being as good as Thorlo which I have been running with for years. The Feetures socks felt very snug when worn and it didn't have that extra padding that I was all so familiar with Thorlo.

Suprisingly, and pleasant, if I may add, Feetures socks are good. I don't need to tape up my feet during my long run trainings anymore. However, for this last StanChart, I still taped the balls of my feet up as a precaution even though I know it is more for psychological peace of mind than anything else.

As expected, I cleared the StanChart half marathon without incident.

I am going to try doing without taping during the next Sundown.

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- Voxeros

17 November 2015

RunForFunds - StanChart Marathon 2015 Update

This screencap was taken last year during Sundown Marathon 2014 with Adrian.

Details are in my facebook entry but only accessible to my friends for legal reasons.

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- Voxeros

10 September 2015

SG Elections 2015 - Part 3

17. MacPherson SMC

PAP Candidate Tin Pei Ling was scorned left, right and center during the last election for coming in via the back door in 2011.

Fortunately, Tin Pei Ling made good on her opportunity windfall by performing well as an MP for her constituents. The word around town is that her residents think she did a pretty decent job so far.

Such was the confidence of the gerrymandering gahmen that they felt comfortable enough to cut her out of Marine Parade GRC to let her run on her own. And likely, to win it on her own.

The opposition, on the other hand, will not win on two counts.

First is NSP Cheo whose sexist remark offended every female voter in the constituency. There are still male voters left, you say? Don't forget, these male voters' grandmothers, mothers, aunts, wives, girlfriends, sisters et al. are from the same pissed off female voter pool. Check-mate.

Second, in every 3-cornered fight, PAP always wins as the two bungling opposition candidates will split each other's votes.

A solo victory for Tin Pei Ling and vindication of her calibre despite her age.

18. Mountbatten SMC

We read from the news that SPP's Jeanette Chong-Audross put in a lot of effort trying to reach out to the residents. Alas, it appears that Mountbatten is too deeply PAP-entrenched that she gets stone-walled everywhere.

PAP to win despite a valiant effort by SPP.

19. Potong Pasir SMC

PAP captured Potong Pasir during last election and the upgrading projects started coming in. Bus routes improved, amenities added and Woodleigh MRT station finally opened.

So all the goodies have come in already. Will the residents say "OK, thank you much, Mr Sitoh. You can go home now." ?

I believe it was a shock for everyone in Potong Pasir that the Chiams lost the ward that they have been looking after for close to 30 years tirelessly.

The margin of just a mere 114 votes may be a wake up call for those who didn't take the election seriously. I'd bet they'd probably were thinking "OMG, what dafug did we just do??"

Lee Kuan Yew started the "repent" back in 2011. Perhaps the proverbial table is turned in Potong Pasir 2015?

Too close to call here but I am rooting for Lina Chiam to return Potong Pasir SMC to Chiam See Tong.

20. Radin Mas SMC

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

Gossip in the grape-vine was that Han Hui Hui wanted to join Reform Party but was rejected as she was deemed too much of a nutcase for them to handle. In short, she was too kookoo.

Guess what happened next? She would purposely pick one ward where RP is contesting and made it her own 3-cornered fight. By now, we all know what happens to a 3-way, right? PAP will win.

Once again, HHH was crowdsourcing for campaign funds and by listing everything out, I can only assume that she is not going to come up with any money on her own. I would have respected her some if she were to fork out the election deposit and ask for money only for the other items like PA system for rallies, posters, banners etc.

PAP to win, Han Hui Hui to lose the election deposit, which she don't really give a rats' ass anyway. Not her money what....

21. Hougang SMC

The WP Ultras will be holding the fort steady while their brethren go forth and fight the Aljunied battle as well as all the neighbouring SMCs.

No contest here as WP remains victorious in the USA again.

Upper Serangoon Area.

22. Punggol East SMC

PAP sending in their Party Handyman, Charles "Mr Fixer" Chong to come and eat Punggol East orh luak. While he has been an effective fire fighter in the past. I doubt this guy is able to connect with the folks at such short notice.

So far, like PAP Tin Pei Ling, it is said that WP Lee Li Lian has managed her ward pretty well. As such, I believe her residents will continue to support her for another 5 years.

23. Sengkang West SMC

The columbarium saga was resolved by PAP Lam Pin Min but lest we forget it was the gahmen that screwed this up in the first place.

So how? Oppose the PAP for sneakily trying to squeeze a columbarium in and worse, gave the tender away without due dilligence? Or support PAP for it was da man Lam Pin Min who came in and save the day, appeasing all parties?

WP Koh Choong Yong had 42% during the last election and with WP's growing influence over neighbouring SMCs, it is possible that this ward may finally end up in the hands of WP.

The way I see this, PAP will still make it. I feel Lam Pin Min did well to clean up the gahmen mess.

24-29. Bukit Batok SMC / Bukit Panjang SMC / Fengshan SMC / Hong Kah North SMC / Pioneer SMC / Yuhua SMC

Paiseh. The remainder of the wards, I really not interested to look closely. Aiyah. Chin chai anyone win also can lah.

30 Pulau Uber SMC

Special mention goes to Shirwin "Sure Win" Eu. I like this guy. He is honest. MP is a good job and it pays well. 5-figure salary leh! Mai siao siao hor!

Too bad this fella never do his homework properly and was unable to get 10 resident's signature to qualify for candidacy.

Still, I feel it is a blessing in disguise for him as he saved losing $14,500 which means that at the end of the election, he will not be the worst-off.

Indirectly, he earned his first month's MP salary right there on nomination day. Correck or Corwrong?

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- Voxeros

09 September 2015

SG Elections 2015 - Part 2

11. Chua Chu Kang GRC

All these while I thought it was spelt as CHOA Chu Kang. Oh well. #shrugs

Goh Meng Seng. The Party Boy of the entire candidates cohort. Worker's Party, then National Solidarity Party, now People Power Party. First Aljunied, then Tampines, now Chua Chu Kang.

This is what we call KLKK (kia lai kia kee). Walk Here Walk There.

Like a vagabond with no roots. I don't see how the constituents will allow him to come in. I have more respect for people like Kenneth Jayaratnam, Sitoh Yih Pin (pre-2011) and Lina Chiam who stuck around even when they were unsuccessful in their respective campaigns.

I don't see PPP getting anything back from this except the election deposit for where credit is due, this fella is GRC election sibeh old bird one.

PAP to take this GRC.

12. East Coast GRC

People say that this is PAP weakest ward. I disagree. It may not be the strongest but there are good things to say about the incumbents.

On paper, it appears from the article above that East Coast GRC has the best run ship both 2013 and 2014.

Lim Swee Say was one of two who was singled out for special mention during the National Day Rally 2015. A public endorsement like that is almost like a 免死金牌 or a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card.

Granted that there has been some comments, deemed unfortunate, during the rallies, he was merely reflecting the sentiments of many folks on the ground (whether you agree or disapprove, that's another debate another time, another place). Problem is that from a foreign diplomacy point-of-view, that was a damning faux pas.

The WP side, headed by Gerald Giam, pose a credible threat and this will be contested down to the wire.

It could go either way but I think PAP has that fasterer, betterer, cheaperer little extra to nose the tape ahead of Worker's Party.

13. Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

IMHO, I feel that this is the weaker PAP GRC compared to East Coast GRC. Vivian B did not endear himself the last election for his obsessive harping on Vincent Wijeysingha's gay orientation. This time round, it is flinging personal barbs towards Dr Chee Soon Juan. It actually reflects worse on Vivian B for seemingly petty and foolish enough to be lulled into Dr Chee's game.

After Sim Ann's speech Monday night, she has earned my most annoying candidate award. Yes. Even beating Han Hui Hui to that coveted award. (Click here -->

She also reminds me of a certain scary ex-Barfly but I digress.

If NSP Choong Hon Heng was SMLJ?! Then this one is SimAnnLJ?! (sorry. couldn't resist)

If PAP loses this battle, Sim Ann must hari kiri liao.

On the surface, Vivian B may appear to be PAP's lemon after the massive budget blow on YOG. His subsequent appointment from Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports to Minister of Environment and Water Resources was viewed by some as some sort of demotion (kena signed extra duty go jaga reservoir).

In the minds of many, we thought this one is "condemn sergeant" liao and perhaps not asked to run this election or maybe not appointed into the subsequent new cabinet. Well, the first is dispelled and the second remains to be seen (I think unlikely lah).

Alas, it was full redemption as he earned the spot of being the other of the 2 to be singled out for special mention at the National Day Rally 2015. I'd like to use my "Free Spin" now!

At the other corner, we have Dr Chee Soon Juan returning to contest after a 15-year absence. His eloquence at the rostrum is second to none and I dare say he is the best speaker amongst the lot. It is scary that he has achieve rock star status with his sublime performance on stage.

Would that translate to actual votes? Remains to be seen.

I have personally not forgiven him for the harm he has done to Chiam See Tong. The younger generations of voters may not be aware of the less-than honourable things that he had committed and the fear of the possibility of an SDP victory here is very real, especially with Paul Tambyah co-piloting in the wing.

Then again, the massive turn outs at SDP rallies, for all you know, is nothing more than bored people looking for a side show to be entertained. Once the novelty wears out, pragmatism kicks in with votes still going to PAP.

Some say this one is too close to tell as it can swing either way. I doubt it. I am placing my betting chip on PAP for I really do not wish the see Judas in parliament.

14. Jalan Besar GRC

While it appears that the Worker's Party is getting stronger, I reckoned this has to be WP's weakest team.

I think many will expect this to be a close fight. However, I believe Yaacob Ibrahim, Heng Chee How and Denise Phua have enough mettle to not only fend off the challengers successfully, but to surprise pundits with a stellar margin.

I'd go for a straight-forward win in favour of the PAP.

15. Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

In football, we talk about a team's depth of squad and this is exactly SDP's achilles' heel. With all their strong candidates in the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, this relatively inconsequential B-Team will not amount to much.

No worries as far as the election deposits are concerned as I do not think anyone has ever lost their deposits at the GRC level.

Incumbents to win.

16. West Coast GRC

This could have been PAP's first victory as early as nomination day, had S. Iswaran not pointed out Reform Party's mistake, on the nomination form, ahead of closing time.

My hat to Mr Iswaran, for that is certainly a class act.

Iswaran gets my vote. (Who says Chinese only vote for Chinese? Scrap the GRC system!)

While kudos to Kenneth Jeyaratnam for sticking to West Coast GRC despite last election's failure, I'm afraid he is going to be disappointed yet again. 3rd time lucky? We can only find out come 2019/2020.

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- Voxeros

08 September 2015

SG Elections 2015 - Part 1

We are mid-way through the election hustings and it is time for me to punt the outcomes of the various electoral battles. Some will be close. Some will be one-sided. Some will be unexpected and lastly there'd be one or two to return with empty pockets.

Let's start from big constituencies to small.

1. Ang Mo Kio GRC

If VR Man, Vietnamese Bride, Banana Boy and that CREEPY-Looking Auntie (standing behind VR Man and Ravi) were to join forces with M "PA... Reform Party" Ravi and Roy "CPF" Ngerng, it would have been the ultimate dream team pummeling Lee Hsien Loong and his team to a pulp with a landslide victory. (Tharman for PM?)

Alas, it was not to be for VR Man is missing, Vietnamese Bride was dumped, Banana Boy is underaged and Creepy Auntie is well...... creepy.

What a let off for Lee Hsien Loong & Co.! Team LHL was never really tested in the past with walk-overs and contested only in the last 2 elections, where he came in at 66% and later improved to 69%.

I foresee Team LHL doing very well this time round and likely be able to breach the 70% mark.

Tharman will have to wait another 5 years to see if he got chance to be PM or not.

2. Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

I think it'd be third time lucky for Desmond Lim for once, he gets to keep his deposit. Yay!

This ward is no contest as it'd be a thumping victory for PAP to give their thumbs up for Janil Puthucheary who volunteered for national service. For Sun XueLing where she refreshed our memories that there was a time when we have hanyupinyin names (in brackets) in addition to our regular name. For Teo Ser Luck who is forgiven for his LKY91 antics falling flat.

3. Aljunied GRC

The fact that PAP is too chicken to send in a Minister to anchor this team is evidence that they are still smarting from the expensive lesson dished out to them during the last election.

With a bunch of noobs, we are reminded of the time back in 2011 when Reform Party sent in a squad of unknowns, only to walk away with nearly 50,000 votes from LHL's AMK GRC. This time round, it will be the reverse. PAP will stage a credible fight and walk away with a handful of votes. However, it won't be enough to wrestle Aljunied GRC back to PAP.

The fact that PAP sticks such a tiny wager on this bet is evidence that the almighty folks in white has already waved the white flag (no pun intended).

I was thinking why not send in Goh Chok Tong to lead the charge? Surely the senior statesman Goh has the mojo to deliver Aljunied back to PAP? If fail, the country saves $1 million per year (win-win!) but don't be too happy yet, he sure come back as President after that one lor (dammit!).

WP to return as victors while continuing to make sense of their financial numbers.

4. Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

People joked about how to tell who is from DPP and who from SPP in this joint-opposition team.

Answer? Got Hair and No Hair.

With Wong Kan Seng put out to pasture, PAP stands a better chance in this hotly-contested ward even though the new faces in the team has yet to impress (the Tiger Woods fist pump do until really siah suay). Still, I think chiobu Josephine Teo and Ng Eng Hen should nick this and come back for another 5 years.

5. Jurong GRC

Tharman for PM!! Enough said.

And SingFirst is a joke.. Enough enough said.

6. Marine Parade GRC

Marine Paraders love their ESM Goh (heng ah. never kena posted to Aljunied) and Tan Chuan Jin has fared well too. No chiobu Nicole Seah means opposition don't stand a chance. Lao Goh to return with votes in the 70% range. Mrs Goh would be most happy to be able to afford more peanuts hereon.

7. Nee Soon GRC

Too bad, it's the wrong Gurmit Singh. Had it been Phua Chu Kang, the yellow-boot one would have won outright, bringing Nee Soon, Johor Bahru and some say Batam back to Worker's Party.

PAP to win this one with Lee Bee Wah, the surprising superstar, stealing the show from Shanmugam.

8. Sembawang GRC

I suspect the reason NSP did not announce their candidates at time of Writ Of Elections is because they haven't found enough people to fill up the slots. (If people find out, very malu lor.) With the party imploding and key members mass exodus, NSP, from the days where people were starting to take them a bit more seriously with Goh Meng Seng and Nicole Seah, is now just another clown show.

They are trying to replicate their Nicole Seah success with another yew kee (幼齿), Kevryn Lim, but sequels, as we all know, are never as good as their predecessors.

PAP to win by default.

9. Tampines GRC
That was one powerful speech so much so that he single-handedly hands victory to the PAP.

I say before, let us not make fun of those whose master of the English language is not as good. Hear what the person has to say. Not mock him.

In this case, whatever he was trying to say, nobody understood lor. I am sure it triggered several "SMLJ?" blank looks from the floor.

PAP to win with Baey Yam Keng, making all the aunties sploosh.

10. Tanjong Pagar GRC

This is the first ever LKY-less contest for the ward. The new candidates must be kicking themselves for not signing up earlier. This time round no more 100% guarantee plus chop sure win liao.

Luckily for them, their opposition this time will not amount to anything.

PAP to sail through with Indranee 好好嘢!!

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- Voxeros

19 July 2015

RunForFunds For Nepal Update (July 2015)

Normally, our RunForFunds centered around the StanChart Marathon held every year in the month of December.

We had a break with tradition where we decided to have a RunForFunds run during the Sundown Marathon 2015 held earlier in July.

Adrian's 21km Half Marathon effort was a fruitful run and I am happy to report the reason below:

a. My Half Marathon Results

Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, I completed my comeback 21km run on 5th July in "a world record time" of 2hr 35 min without back pain or cramps.

Managed to finish 1859 out of 7195 participants.

Must admit I'm surprised with the ranking as many ah peks overtook me!

It was a thoroughly enjoyable run and, if you have not tried it, give it a shot!

Below are my results and pic taken at the 20km mark :-)

b. Your Overwhelming Support

Your support for RFF's initiative to rebuild 2 villages in Nepal is overwhelming.

The target was S$9,200.

As of 16th July 2015, we have pledges totaling S$12,775!

If we include the private fund-raising round in May of S$4,300, close to 50 RFF supporters contributed in excess of S$17,000!

This will make a significant direct impact to the 100+ families in Nepal (see updates below).

On behalf of these families, Bharat and I extend our thanks and gratitude.

c. Funds Deployed So Far

I have made 2 wire transfers.

S$4,300+ in May 2015 (private round - Phase 1a, equiv US$3,200 / 325,440 rupees) and S$9,200+ (RFF for Nepal round - Phase 1b, equiv US$6,800 / 687,820 rupees ) in July 2015.
See attached pic of the bank statements (need to blank out personal details).

I will hold the excess funds in the RFF account for future deployment - see paragraph (f) below.

d. Phase 1a (26-28 May 2015)

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Since May, Bharat and his friends have been working tirelessly and resiliently to co-ordinate the purchase, delivery and distribution of zinc plates to his hometown Gorkha.

As there was a lot of uncertainly in zinc supply and availability of delivery trucks, Bharat had to remain patient and vigilant to secure the best deals expeditiously.

The supply route to Gorkha was perilous and fraught with problems, as the pics show, because the earthquake destroyed the roads.

Despite these obstacles, Bharat and his friends managed to navigate the route safely.

Bharat secured 61 zinc sheets which were not enough to supply to 100 families in Gorkha. He prioritized 52 families: 2 zinc sheets to 9 families (widowed, old couples and the disabled) and 1 zinc sheet to 43 families.

These new zinc sheets augment salvaged scraps.

Nothing goes to waste in their home rebuilding efforts.

The total expenses (prepared by Bharat) are shown in the table below.

As you can see, our S$4,300/US$3200/325,400 Rp transfer was insufficient. My friend Rina and her supporters provided additional funding to cover the deficit.

Descriptions Qty Rate Amount
1 Zinc (Size 7 ft HQ)(High Quality) 30 7,500 225,000
2 Zinc (Size 9 ft HQ) 18 8,000 144,000
3 Zinc (Size 7 ft MQ)(Medium Quality) 13 7,1000 92,300
4 Transportation Cost (Truck) 1 18,000 18,000
5 Transportation Cost (Jeep) 1 20,000 20,000
6 Food & Snack For Helper 11 250 2,750
7 Local Bus Fare For Villager 11 100 1,100
8 Rice @ Rs. 1,050 & Rs. 1,450 10 1,250 12,500
9 Mosquito Nets 25 450 11,250
10 Cooking Oil 3 1,120 3,360



Money Received From Adrian


Due Amount to pay to Zinc shop/others US$ 2,049

Received Cash From Rina's Supporters


Now Cash Balance For Next Trip


e. Phase 1b (5-6 July)

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This time, Bharat, having gained experience from phase 1a, managed to secure 100 zinc sheets at better quality/rates.

Now every family in Gorkha has at least one zinc sheet to rebuild their homes. But zinc supply was delayed due to muddy roads and a landslide because of heavy rains.

We thank God that Bharat and his team have been kept safe throughout.

The total expenses for this phase (again prepared by Bharat) are shown in the table below.

S/No Descriptions Qty Rate Amount Remarks
1 Zinc (Size 7 ft) 40 6,500 260,000

2 Zinc (Size 6 ft) 60 6,500 390,000
3 Transportation Cost (Tractor) 1 15,000 15,000
4 Transportation Cost (Jeep) 1 10,000 10,000
5 Food & Transportation For Helpers 5 700 3,500

Total Expenditure In This 2nd Trip (Rs.)


Previous Balance With Adrian (Rs.)

114,080 Extra Money Left From 1st Zinc Trip To Gorkha

Money Received From Adrian

687,820 Money Received On 05 Jul 2015

Total Money For Gorkha

801,900 Total Money Including Previous Balance

This Time Expenses (Rs.)

Money Received On 05 Jul 2015

Extra Money With Adrian (Rs.)

123,400 Money Received On 05 Jul 2015

f. What's Next?

With Gorkha settled, Bharat will extend the relief work to Sindhupalhowk. We will support this with the excess funds we've raised and Rina's friends will supplement this too. As the monsoon has started, zinc distribution is expected to be more complex and dangerous.

Please keep Bharat and his friends in your prayers as they continue their mission of mercy. I will update you as I receive more info.

Finally, thank you for your generosity. Without your support, none of these would have been possible.



- Voxeros

08 July 2015

Sundown Marathon 2015

No BarRun this time round as I flew solo at this year's Sundown.

Timing wasn't fantastic and I thought I fared very badly this time round compared to last year's 62 mins. As it turned out I remembered wrongly. Last year's time was 64 mins, and so my 68 mins was worse off a lesser 3 mins 49 seconds.

Mai hiam buay pai lah.

The consolation was that ranking went up to 548th from 589th last year. Maybe the better runners all graduated to the 21km category liao. Haiz....

Prior to the race, we were treated to an awesome display of fireworks. It was just our good fortune that Sundown Marathon coincided with SG50 NDP rehearsal.

Well, now that Sundown 2015 is done and dusted, it is still not time to take a breather as I have the Asics City Relay just round the corner.

Pushing on!

- Voxeros

07 July 2015

The Banana Show

Oh look at the poor boy. He is totally shaken up and distraught like a wounded bambi.

Sorry but my gut feel says that it is all an act.

With all the cameras on him, now even with foreign media attention, it's show time!

The way I see it, this boy has too much smarts to run circles around our local Mickey Mouse Media and then counter-clockwise. Remember how he trolled them all the last time with the molest allegations and again even with time-release entries when he was in custody?

Let's face it, our local Mickey Mouse Media are a bunch of not-very-the-smart people. An mere ounce of BananaBoy's wit will probably see the reporters' all die of brain hemorrhage.

If there were a parallel-universe of stupid people, BananaBoy would have been one of the X-Men.

In any case, please go home, have a good night's sleep, take two bananas and call me in the morning.

Video Credit: Youtube - Straits Times

- Voxeros

06 July 2015

Standard Dropped

I am sure many of us have heard someone saying this at one point in time or another, or even said it ourselves.

This place or that store "standard dropped liao".

Standard Dropped is more often than not, referring to a certain food or food place where it no longer used to be as good. Or at the very least, since the last we remembered.

Few of the notable "standard dropped" places that I have heard of late:

  • Power Nasi Lemak
  • Punggol Nasi Lemak
  • Fong Seng Nasi Lemak

    Note: Sorry ah. I eat nasi lemak by the truckload one. So naturally, this particular item shows up on my radar more frequently.
  • Chatterbox Chicken Rice
  • Kay Lee Char Siew
  • Prego's
There are more that I have heard but at the time of writing this, these few were all that I was able to recall off-hand.

My question is this.

I only hear people say this standard drop. That standard drop.

Has anyone ever said a certain food or food place standard IMPROVED?

It seems that we are so focused on the negatives that we take good food for granted?

Good food don't fall from the sky. They are the result of hard work, passion and  dedication by the remaining people who pour their hearts out to make you that perfect hokkien mee, that awesome roti john, that divine char siew / siew yoke or even that sibeh steam chicken rice chilli sauce, or that bowl of kan hor jiak hei mee?

Allow me to say a big thank you to the folks who slave away day in, day out in front of the fire frying that wok-hei-ful char kway teow or stewing that sompah-best rendang or double boiling that 几够力  watercress pork rib soup.

These are the people who still believe that food should have a soul.

These are the people who need our encouragement.

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

05 July 2015

Death Of The Ramen Fad

(Random Ramen Picture)

I accompanied my dad to Central Mall to get his RedMi phone fixed. Apparently, Gabe managed to somehow destroy the USB charging port of the phone.

Sidetrack: My dad quipped how short the queue was at the XiaoMi service center as compared to HTC. Perhaps the latter is more problematic?

So anyway, the XiaoMi staff said to come back to collect the phone after 2 hours. Repair charges, by the way, was waived. Thank you XiaoMi!

Looking at the watch, it was close to lunch time and we decided to just grab something to eat while we wait out the 2 hours.

At Central Mall, it was only natural we gravitated towards the ramen place.

We regretted it.

If I were to describe the ramen in one word, I would pick "lifeless". Seriously, I don't know what I was eating for SGD 14.00. The noodles was so boring that my tongue attempted suicide by jumping into the path of my chompers.

So now you know why I refrained from mentioning the name of the establishment. No difficult to guess. Happy sleuthing!

Then it got me thinking about this ramen hype where we pay 12 to 18 bucks for a meal in a soup bowl where back in Japan, it is an insert-coin-make-selection-ticket-to-counter-pick-up-noodles street food.

In the era of pre-Somerset ramen, there usual places were Liang Court and Central Mall. Now with big names like Ippudo coming into the saturated fray, it is getting kinda boring liao.

I tried Ippudo in Hong Kong. One word. Meh. I cannot fathom what the fuss was all about. It is just another glorified Ajisen.

In any case, allow me to be the first to sound the death knell of ramen fad in Singapore.

May it rest in peace with the rest of the fads like donuts, bubble tea and Portuguese egg tart.

p.s. llaollao froyo will be in the death notebook albeit slightly down the page.

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

04 July 2015

Snorting Corn Starch

It was a horrific accident and my heart goes out to everyone who got hurt.

I can only imagine the horror at the scene of the accident. Chaos, pain, panic, fear, despair all mixed in the morbid fragrance of sio bak in the air.

I remember being at a fire scene many years ago. One cannot imagine how is it something as awesome as the fragrance of siew yoke be associated to something as tragically horrifying as a burn victim.

That sensory overload was something that I had a hard time dealing with.

Anyway, enough of that. I wish for the speedy recovery of the survivors. May they get well soonest.

Coming back to this colour run thingie, I felt that it was something really dumb to begin with.

Sure, the supposedly underlying message, methinks, is that at the end of the run after all that colour blasting, we are identically multi-coloured. We are all coloured the same. No one is a different colour from the next person i.e. let's all kick racism's ass. Yay!

Let's pause and think things over for a while, shall we?

First of all, you are doing a 5K run. Sure, it is not really that long a distance, but it is enough to get a person breathing heavily from all that cardio exertion. Now, spray a shitload of corn starch powder in the air for everyone to breathe them in heavily.

Can anyone not see something wrong with this?

Sure, the corn starch particles are not small enough (PM 2.5) to enter your bloodstream but these larger particles (PM 10.0?) going into your body where it is not supposed to cannot be healthy at all, right?

Yes, eventually, they will be expelled from your body via phlegm, mucus, coughing and even choking. This is how the body deals with foreign particles in your air tract.

Wouldn't it be easier to not put them into your body in the first place?

This is the exact reason why I don't bother with these color runs.

It is stupid.

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- Voxeros

23 June 2015

The Scoop On Scoot

TL;DR - Too long; didn't read.

I only saw Felicia Camel Toe.


Really sorry.


p.s. Ok. Fine. I did read a little bit and all I can say is that the only thing LCC is equal to that of FSC and that is flight safety*. Everything else is you get what you paid for. Fly FSC if you can't deal with all the badminton pattern that comes with a budget airline.

p.p.s. * I can't say the same for Indonesian budget airlines though. 

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- Voxeros

19 May 2015

The Test Of Love II

In my earlier blog entry, I speculated if Yang, who was given permission by the courts to leave Singapore on compassionate grounds, would skip bail and leave his girlfriend/fiancée in the ditch.

As it turned out, the guy was man enough to return within the stipulated time and appeared before the State Courts.


Now, let's see how they face up to the charges laid upon them. For all the hatred they have incited, for all the flames of bigotry that they have fanned, let's see them account for all of them.

If kena prison sentence, can have wedding inside prison one or not ah? Or must wait until come out first then can ROM?

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

11 May 2015

MYP Award Ceremony 2015 - Part 2

Dear SuperFriends,

The 12th Maximize Your Potential (MYP) award ceremony was held on 25th April, 9 am @ Geylang Methodist School Primary, GMSP.

The MYP is a key program under the Run For Funds (RFF) movement.

Present were 20 MYP award recipients (4 Pri 4, 10 Pri 5, 6 Pri 6; 9 of them are prefects!), their parents/guardians, 10 supporters of Run For Funds, GMSP principal and teachers.

To date, 92 students have received the MYP award……. we will reach the milestone century mark within the next 2 years!

Pictures taken at the 2015 MYP award ceremony are posted here:

Teacher-in-charge of MYP Miss Theresa Tong welcomed everyone.

She congratulated parents and students, adding that it was proud day for all of them.

The recipients were selected for MYP based on their academic performance and good behaviour.
Here’s an overview of this year’s event:

1. Part 1: Life Lessons

Adrian spoke about the importance of choosing friends wisely.

Friends play a critical role in supporting us and guiding us along a right(eous) path.

He reminded the students that choosing “wrong” friends who have wayward behaviour and dubious characters, could influence them negatively.

He gave examples of how his good friends have influenced him for the better and chastised him when he was wrong.

He encouraged the students to surround themselves with good friends and be a "good friend" to others.

2. Part 2: Mini-Workshop (New)

RFF supporters Christa and Lawrence shared practical exam preparation tips.

These included (1) knowing their own study styles (2) working on their weaknesses (3) proper planning

The students listened attentively to these pearls of wisdom.

Some parents/guardians shared afterwards that the min-workshop was enlightening and would help them guide their children/wards better.

We will do more of these in the future.

3. Part 3: Target Setting

Adrian encouraged the students to aim high.

If they excel in studies and have good CCA/behaviour, scholarships at local and foreign universities (e.g. Stanford, Cambridge) await.

He shared that the 2014 Pri 6’s did very well for their PSLE and all the RFF uncles and aunties are very proud of them.

1 qualified for Victoria Secondary School, 4 qualified for Chung Cheng High School (Main) and 2 went to Geylang Methodist Secondary.

(For those of you who are familiar, to qualify for Victoria and Chung Cheng, students need to score >240, a very good score).

He also shared success stories of past MYP recipients to inspire the students.

The awards were then presented to the students by RFF supporters Lawrence, Christa, Henry and Jason (the man anchoring RFF's web presence).

Event ended with GMSP principal Mrs Rina Liang congratulating the award winners and urging them to keep up their good work.

Rina also thanked RFF supporters for inspiring the students via MYP.

This was followed by a tea reception + group photo taking.

Accounts Update

RFF account as of 29th May 2014 = S$28,576.19

RFF account as of 4th May 2015 = S$28,666.23

We didn’t raise funds in the past year as funds are adequate.

We did, however, receive a $100 contribution from a friend of a Superfriend :-)

The amount you see above is after $2 monthly deductions from the bank for account maintenance and addition of interest.

We contributed $21,000 to MYP in 2013 and these funds are depleted after this year’s award ceremony.

The plan is to inject the $21,000 later this year to fund MYP for another 3 years (2016-2018).

So in 2016/17, we will raise funds for MYP for  years 2019-2021.

Some of you have approached me to contribute to MYP/RFF.

Can I suggest you channel your generosity this year to Nepal relief missions?

They need our help to rebuild their lives.

Special Thanks

Special thanks go out to the following people:

Theresa Tong – Your labour of love and persistence over the past 12 years has impacted 92 young lives and their families. On behalf of the students, their families and MYP supporters, we salute you !

Sulistiati Idrus  - Welcome to the MYP family. Thanks for caring for the students in GMSP and looking after their welfare.

Rina Liang and the staff of GMSP – Thank you for believing in MYP and allocating time and resources to support it. The students at GMSP are blessed to have teachers who are committed to making a difference in their lives.

RFF supporters – As always, thanks for your support, prayers and contributions all these years.

If you have any queries about RFF, please email or call me.



- Voxeros

04 May 2015

The Test Of Love

These two of the three editors (the third Malaysian one is still at large outside Singapore) of TheRealSingapore rubbish website were charged for sedition for all the bigoted rubbish that they put on their website.

As far as I know, they are out on bail but their passports have been impounded.

Today's latest update was that Yang was given permission to go to Australia to visit his critically ailing father.

The public prosecution was right to deem him as a flight risk i.e. he may jump bail and never come back. However, not letting him go see his father's final moments would be really bad PR all around the world for after all, the crime was not a serious one like murder or drug offenses.

It was simply shit stirring.

So after some deliberation by the court, he was given back his passport to travel on condition of a higher bail and a return-by 17 May 2015 deadline.

The girlfriend? I am afraid, girlfriend means not immediate family and so will not be accorded the same courtesy.

She is staying put.

Do you see where I am headed with this?

This may just be a test of their love. Will Yang ditch the girlfriend to rot in jail while he gets away scot-free?

OK. OK. I am just being dramatic here. She is not in custody. She is on bail remember?

Question here is will Yang return on/before 17 May 2015? Or will the lass be abandoned to face the music alone?

On one hand, I hope not, for her sake and it would be really sad to see yet another coward that the world will have to deal with.

On the other hand, I hope he skips bail. That way, I will have fodder for my next I-Told-You-So, You-Heard-It-Here-First blog entry.

Only one way to find out.

In 12 days.

Stay tuned.

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

01 May 2015

National Museum Of Singapore - Revisited

A couple of weeks ago, I mooted the idea to the family to go check out the memoriam exhibition of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew only to be met with less-than-lukewarm response.


So on the first morning of the Labour Day long weekend, I head out, on my own, to the National Museum Of Singapore, after a morning run and a shower.

It was a tiny exhibition and over in a matter minutes, still well worth the trip anyway as we bid our second farewell to a great statesman.

I stood at the cross created by the edges of the four marble slabs in the foyer of the National Museum, which I believed is smack middle.

Then I looked up with the camera and it appears that the spot perfectly aligns with the center of the dome.

I think.

I love the National Museum. I love the stories she tells of our land. Venagdasalam had his two-shooted coconut tree, I have my National Museum where I head to seek solace and quiet reflection.

- Voxeros

19 April 2015

MYP Award Ceremony 2015

2015 marks the 12th year of RunForFunds as we officially completes a full cycle of the Chinese Horoscope.

Once again, we would like to invite one and all to join us and support this occasion.

Please RSVP as we need to confirm catering of light refreshments.

Dear friends,

The Maximize Your Potential (MYP) programme is into its 12th year.

You are invited to join the MYP award ceremony on:

Date: 25th April 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 0900h – 1030h
Venue: Geylang Methodist School (Primary), 2nd floor Library

Last year’s Primary 6’s did very well in their PSLE’s.

All of them have been promoted to schools of their choices (Victoria, Chung Cheng Main, GMSS).

At this year’s ceremony, I will be inviting friends to share “secrets of their success” when they were in school.

I hope you can come and share yours too to inspire the students :-)

Your support for RunForFunds (RFF) has made a difference to more than 80 young lives in the past 11 years.

Visit the RFF facebook to recap those magical MYP moments:

Please email, whatsapp or SMS me to RSVP (for catering purposes).

*Ed: Or drop a response here.

Thanks for your continued support of the RFF movement.



- Voxeros

26 March 2015

Singapore Wakes For The Singapore Wake

Founding father of our country, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, has left us earlier in the week.

Singaporeans from all walks of life gather together to say a final farewell.

Even when resting in peace, the late Mr Lee is still able to get all Singaporeans to come together as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion.

They used to say that national service is a common denominator where all new recruits regardless of creed or colour are the same blur sotong.

I say the same for the late Mr Lee that all Singaporeans, again I reiterate, regardless of race, language or religion, and if I may add one more, political affiliation, are the same Singaporeans.

I feel sorry for Mr Teo Ser Luck whose LKY91 workout dedication didn't go down well with the masses. People feel as if, or rather I feel like there's a kid on sugar high running and screaming all over the place in at a funeral, with the paper aeroplane on fire after catching one of the joss candles.

Still, taking a step back, I realised that's just his way of mourning. Mr Teo should have just stuck to his guns and not take down the Facebook entry, just as the late Mr Lee would have dug dig and steadfastly stood behind his convictions. He should have just ignored those people for scorning his "jock mentality" and just remember the late elder statesmen any way he wants. After all, it is the intention behind it that counts.

But what's done is done and I say let's cut the Mr Teo Ser Luckless some slack and focus on what's more important. Saying a proper goodbye to Ah Kong.

Breadtalk, on the other hand, is unforgivable. Don't for a moment think by hiding behind "all proceeds will be donated to the Community Chest", you can get away with a cheap shot to score publicity and public relations. I am glad fellow Singaporeans were smart enough to see through the plot and took it apart.

Breadtalk, you should be ashamed of yourself. Hope you learn a lesson from this episode.

Oh and hire a proper PR agency, if you have not already engaged one.

Finally, we come to Alvin, the Malaysian blogger, who advised us not to "blindly worship" the late MM Lee. This coming from a person whose passport got revoked by his own country and is stuck in California.

Whatever shit coming from him did not go down with the 3.7 million of us. For a Malaysian (if assuming your country still want to be associated with you), I do not expect you to understand and so I really do not appreciate mouthing off like that.

Then again, this was spotted on TheRealS********.com and so I am just going to ignore it as garbage.

 I also wish that ICA would put this idiot on the list of persona non grata.

Image Credit: Facebook - Adrian Lee, - Eric Lee

- Voxeros

23 March 2015

Lee Kuan Yew. 1923 - 2015.

He is gone.

Singapore's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, has passed.

Ever since he was admitted into hospital since early February, my gut feel told me that this great man's time is up.

There have been several fake news circulating via mobile messages of his departure earlier. The latest being a dumbass kid spoofing the Prime Minister's Office website. I hope the police get the other rumormongers too.

The Chinese has Dr Sun Yat Sun as their founding father, I am proud we have Mr Lee as our 国父.

Some may argue that our founding father should be Sir Stamford Raffles instead. However, like a golf tournament, with all due credit to Raffles, while a good tee off helps a lot, it is the final putt that decides the championship.

And one more thing, Mr Lee is here to stay and be with Singapore forever.

Mr Lee is a great statesman who transformed this little island of virtually zero natural resources to a beacon of the region.

Granted he has several policies that I disagree with, he must be respected for sticking to his guns, standing behind his decisions.

Taking a step back at looking at the overall scorecard, the number of "agrees" far outstrips the "disagrees" in my books. I would have voted for him if I were his constituent.

Just yesterday, my daughter and I were caught in a mega storm as we were heading home from Little India. We didn't need a umbrella as we were able to reach home dry. I thought to myself, is there  another place on Earth, that we can have such awesome infrastructure?

That, ladies and gentlemen, we have Mr Lee's initiatives to thank for. It is all these things, big and small, that made me proud as we set ourselves apart from the rest.

Mr Lee has toiled a lifetime giving us a better life and now is time for him to take a break.

Have a good rest, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. May you rest in peace.

#RememberingLeeKuanYew #thankyouLKY

Media Credit:;; Youtube - David Wah

- Voxeros

22 March 2015

当年 奎因街 (小坡三马路) 的 公教中学

下午搭着公交要去 百胜楼 (Bras Basah Complex) 买一次性隐形眼镜, 结果由于路不熟下错车站了。 心想反正剩下的路不远, 干脆用走的好了。

这么一走又拐错了弯, 小迷路地走着走着就莫名其妙的来到了 奎因街 (小坡三马路 Queen Street)。

站在 奎因街 让我觉得好像通过时间隧道, 来到了小时候的我。

早上才刚刚看了大堂哥在脸书 (Facebook) 上PO文当年跟 巫启贤 同窗的回忆录, 看来轮到我也来个回忆回忆一下了。

这条街已改到面目全非但几栋老楼房仍然还在。虽然有装修翻新过, 但还是认得出来。

这栋是 华德楼 (Waterloo Centre)。 前面的广场应该是当年 联络所 (Community Centre) 的篮球场。 记得只要用学校的图书馆借书卡抵押就可以把篮球借出来玩。 还记得篮球场旁边有个架在七八尺高的电视机供于当地居民晚上观赏。 当年电视机还没普及, 可算是奢侈品所以不是每户人家里都有电视机。 因此一般居民晚上吃饱饭后都会下来乘个凉, 看看电视也顺便跟邻居们联络感情。 “联络所” 这名称也大概是这样来的吧。

这里是 华德楼 的另外一边。 记得放学后, 大伙儿都会跑来这里踢球。 要不就三楼停车场顶楼, 要不就楼下一楼, 整班人马追着一个一块钱塑料足球到处乱跑乱踢。

奎因街 往西南方向走着就来到了我堂哥们和我小时候念书的地方。 当年的 公教中学 就在这里。 堂哥们念中学而当年的我念小学 (公教中学附小)。 上面这张照是中学部。 我小四那一年在中学部呆过一年。

公教中学 是天主教会所办的华校。照片里正在翻新的是学校所属的 圣皮特及圣保罗天主教堂。记得有一年堂哥们踢球打破了教堂玻璃窗, 我爸妈被叫去学校了。

上面这里就是小学部。 如今已变成艺术博物馆了。 记得一楼最右边就是主任办公室, 也就是我常被请客吃藤条的地方。 主任办公室楼上就是小学部的图书馆。 小五那年小林和我身为图书管理员的小组长 (Head Librarians) 在改考卷期间 (年终考试后和放假前之间那两三个礼拜), 就用着 ”年终大整理“ 的名义, 带着我们 的"伙计“们到图书馆里去踢球。 小学部图书馆内是铺地毯的, 所以进去要先脱鞋子。 一票人脚穿着袜子踢一颗小小的乒乓球。  记得短短的那一周, 大家都把自己上学的袜子全部踢破洞了。 搞到妈妈们一个雾水到底怎么个回事儿。



说到食堂, 食堂内角落有个后门, 我们就常常从这后门偷跑出去。 然后再钻入 维多利亚酒店 (Victoria Hotel) 的后门, 通过 海南鸡饭馆子 来到了 维多利亚街 (小坡二马路 Victoria Street)。

要是我没记错, 维多利亚酒店 的前方分三段。 左边为酒店大堂出入 (现在还是)。 相片中间的牛排馆应该就是当年的 海南鸡饭馆子。  最后就是最右手边的 7-11便利店。 那个应该是当年 上海书局 的一楼。 我的第一支 ”英雄牌“ ("Hero") 墨水钢笔就是在那买的。

上面这张是今日的 Grand Pacific Hotel。 这是当年就处于上海书局的隔壁的 大班酒店 (Taipan Hotel)的所在地。  记得小五还是小六那年酒店就被拆了重建。 建好后就变成 Allson Hotel。 眼前这栋 Grand Pacific Hotel 应该是 Allson Hotel 后续再次拆掉重建的吧。

过了 维多利亚街 终于到了 百胜楼。这栋楼是售卖书籍的 “书城”。 书 书 输 输, 迷信又爱赌的华人就把这 “输城” 来个反败为胜命名为 “百胜楼” 讨个吉利。

记得这里是我买第一张首日封 和 第一个乒乓拍 (Butterfly Super Sriver 5)  的地方。

- Voxeros