Tuesday, October 31, 2006

MRT sucide again???

First Chinese Garden MRT...
now Clementi MRT!!!

Title : Man killed by train at Clementi MRT station
Date : 30 October 2006 2225 hrs (SST)
URL : http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...238456/1/.html
SINGAPORE: Westbound train services between Queenstown and Jurong East MRT stations were disrupted after a man was hit by a train, and died, at Clementi MRT station. SMRT says buses were provided for about 11,700 passengers who were affected by the disruption. This incident comes almost two weeks after a similar death at the Chinese Gardens MRT. Police have classified the death as an unnatural one and are investigating. - CNA/so

Its getting more scary as such incidents keep happening.. will it be a trend whereby people are driven to desperation to jump down MRT tracks and disrupt our transportation network?

Frankly, I think that the MRT system in Singapore was very poorly planned in the first place. When the MRT was built, there was insufficient design factors to cater for the disabled people. As a result, there were a lot of add ons to the exisiting stations. Even like Dover station, it was not pre planned, and after consideration again, only then the government build the station. Similarly, why wasnt the fact that people could have jumped down the MRT tracks and disrupt the system considered? If we can have sliding doors at the platforms for the underground station, why not for those above ground level?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Mosquito Madness

Cant believe after all NEA's publicity about how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding..

There are still containers lying around on the rooftop of a particular building in campus...
and it is nearly full with water from all the recent rain..


And the best thing is..

I cant seem to find an email to send this photo to the Estates Department.

No wonder there are so many mozzies in that area!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Never Trust TV shows

Why the strange title today???

cos i went to try out a food outlet that was featured on TV.. supposedly serving the famous kolo mee from Sarawak, which is supposedly a signature dish there..

When i went into the stall.. big mistake...

The noodles served were horrible... its more like koka noodles.. so instant noodle like.. not only that.. it was so expensive...

As my seat was facing the kitchen diagonally... seeing the methods of food handling in the establishment.. only made my appetite wane.. not to mention the fact that every table had this container of chilli with no serving spoon in it.. god knows how many people have placed their used utensils into the container to get a second serving of chilli...

Another form of bad service was my hot drink of tea with milk was served without a spoon to stir the drink... and i had to use a chopstick to stir it!!!

Heres a pic of the noodle:


Let you decide from the pics if its worth eating..

Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Fiesta

Gosh... I think I am going to do badly for my Food Legislature Test... most of the questions seemed alien to me.. i think i 'BS'ed my way too...

Anyway.. after that, I did some retail therapy in town with MDD to calm myself, especially after the traumatic test and stress from all the FYP happenings..

Popped into Zara to get a shirt.. which i will probably wear for the launch of my product, if successful, in the upcoming Spinnovex exhibtion. Luckily, this time i only had to pay less then 10 bucks... cos i used my Zara vouchers redeemed from UOB Credit Card.. Thank god.. haha..

Had lunch with MDD at OmuRice at Takashimya Basement Food Village. Second time there, had my usual Curry Katsu OmuRice. Yummy.. miss it!

Next headed to the various supermarkets to look for processed meat products to note their nutrionary levels.. It was like playing SuperMarket Sweep today.. We went from Cold Storage Takashimaya to Jason's at Paragon to Carrfour at Plaza Singapura. The search was pretty eventful, at least got something substantial to boost my findings.. hehe..

Anyway, for the first time today, someone actually treated me to Thai Express, but to drinks only.. and worse still, using my $10 voucher... haha...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sometimes... its good to explode...

I had a bad explosion of emotions today...

Simply couldnt cope with the pressure and stress that has been taking a toll on my emotions..

I just exploded at someone today.. but things seem better after we talk to each other and iron out the differences..

Maybe sometimes, its good to explode.. cool down.. sort things out..

Anyway.. thanks to Hup Lee Angels... you know who u gals are.. for the help..

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sensory Part 2

Did round 2 of my sensory evaluation again today... results seem not too bad.. people accepting my product. which is quite a good sign.. hopefully, it will be equally successful after the launch....

Anyway, got this letter from the bank.. informing me that i will be receiving my security token for online banking soon.. more and more banks are issuing this security token.. guess i will have a whole lot of such stuff from the various banks in time to come..

Quite dumb to have so many such security tokens.. why cant MAS just issue a fixed one? or maybe use the handphone as a common platform for security..

Imagining having to carry all your security tokens overseas to do transactions....

Pretty ironic, since internet banking was meant to be convenient.. yet now.. it seems not so..

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tiring Public Holiday

So tired.. despite the fact that its a public holiday and there's no school..

but i am actually stuck rushing my reports and stuff..
cos for the past few days or even weeks, I have been so engrossed in doing my FYP reports and planning the work to come.

To make it worse, I got blamed for something by someone today.. pretty in a pissed mood now..

tommorrow, i will having a sensory session again.. I hope the results will be favourable, might decide to modify my recipe abit.

keeping my fingers crossed.

Monday, October 23, 2006

5 cents - Still Legal Tender?

Today I went to a coffee shop which was located below a multi storey carpark at Dover area for lunch. Upon ordering my drinks, I was about to pay the auntie 2 - 5 cent coins when that stupid b*tch told me that she doesnt accept 5 cent coins, if i wanted to pay 5 cent coins, she will return them back to me the next time i go there... and even threatened me to think wisely... such aduacity!!!! I am going to complain to some monetary association.. and make that auntie pay... sentence her to drown in a sea of 5 cent coins.. I dont see why she cannot accept 5 cent coins, especially since that Singapore Mint still deems them as legal tender.

Think that fat auntie is just too lazy to carry the surplus coins in her pouch bag. Man, she should accept more coins just for her own good - to work out those excess fats!

Anyway... I had sensory evaulation on my product today... pretty good response from the younger generation who preferred it more...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wedding - The Time of one's life?

Just came back from a wedding dinner... ok.. I don't really know the groom..

It's amazing how you get invited to weddings, especially to someone you dont know... Dinner started so late at about 8.30pm...even though the invitation stated 7.30pm.. Guess local Chinese wedding dinners still start late and end late.

Throughout the wedding dinner, was bombarded by dialect songs.. really made me wonder if I was at a wedding or a Lunar Seventh Month Ge Tai... Blasting loud dialect music sung by starlets...

Another thing that amazes me most is the 'Yum Seng'... which is like so passe... Why cant a simple cheers do....

Speaking of weddings, the next person who asks me when it will be my turn will get it from me.. cos so many people asked me this question at the wedding... Next time, I go funeral wakes, I will ask them when their turn is...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Morning of Broken Glass

Went to school this morning.. and I noticed that the bus stop had shattered glass fragments littered all over... whipped out my Ipaq and got this picture which i sent to STOMP...

It was featured on the portal:


Anyway.. rushed from place to place this morning.. first to school to meet my lecturer at 8 who offered a lift all the way to Bedok Shimei East Kitchen for an industrial visit for HACCP module. Reached the factory before 9 and we only had like an hour to make observations and note down details on the processes before leaving the place at 10 in order to reach school in time for another lecture that starts at 11.

Thankfully, the lecture was a short one... after which, headed down to Holland Village Thai Express for a FYP discussion with my lecturer... The food there seems to be the same old few dishes. Think its time they created some new Thai dishes to jazz up the menu.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Viva La Vivocity

Today went down to VivoCity at Harbourfront!!!

It's such a mega mall.. I see brands like GAP, Zara and more... Candy Empire was there too... the fact that it was not open yet made Doug sad.. haha..

Ate at Carl's Junior, cos we couldnt really navigate around there and were simply too hungry to further explore on a empty stomach.

Went to Zara to take a look.. hoping for some inspiration for the annual CLS Dinner and Dance, which theme happens to be retro.. and someone just had to try the pink floral shirt.. must admit that it looks very nice and retro on him though.. haha..

And since Candy Empire was not open at Vivocity, we headed to its flagship store at Millenia Walk to buy some stuff.. seeing all the sweet delectable candy just made me go weak in the knees.. Bought some Australian GB nougats.. really missed them from my recent Australian trip, Doug recommended me some honey coated Macadmia Nuts which tasted really nice and crunch.. The most expensive and sinful thing I bought was this box of Hazelnut Pralines from Ernest Hillier which is simply melt in your mouth. It came in this very neat looking metal cannister.

Monday, October 16, 2006

An act of Sabotage...

I suddenly feel so terrorized...

Its the 3rd time that one of our FYP major ingredients went missing.. It seems too much to be a sabotage from someone to stop us from proceeding on with our development, especially since the product is going to be launched pretty soon.

Another thing that proved the fact that someone is sabotaging the projects was that the oven that was meant to be for shelf life test was tampered with. Someone had set the oven to a temperature of 100 over deg Celsius and the contents of the oven all were carbonized, i heard. Even though my products were not inside, I still empathic with the other groups that had their products in the oven.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The sounds of silence

This is a backdated post summarising why i have not been blogging about stuff recently..

Been badly affected by the number of incidents happening in my life..

Seemed like the whole world came crashing down.. until i saw the light and inspiration..

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nearly Lost But found..

I regained something that I nearly lost today... seriously don't know if its a good thing or not.. but I hope things will be like usual...

Anyway, was nearly lost today as I had to make my way to Lorong Chuan to collect samples for my FYP project... Luckily, my navigation skills were pretty good and I had common sense..

Had nice yummy Haagen Daaz Ice Cream at Junction 8 after collecting samples... a good way to chill out on a hot day...

Recently, I have been very tired and weary. Hope tommorrow will be better!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Confucius Confusion

Confucius: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. "


Life is so complicated. What would you do when one fine day, one of your close friends came to you and admitted that he did something wrong and tell you a lie to cover up for his bigger wrong doing?

Only after further questioning, does he finally admit the full story of what he had done wrong. A case of lying or a case of admitting his mistake that he did something really wrong?

Should one thus be angry and sad?

The answer is so confusing.... Oh Confucius, confusion is all around...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Yummy yummy...

Did a little sensory evaluation on my FYP product today...
its pretty nice!!!

We tried both ways of cooking.. frying and steaming.. nearly burnt the lab down when a small flash fire appeared on the pan over the induction heater.. pretty scary!!!

Lecturers found the version of my product nice.. so now got to work even harder...

Today went to Bugis Lee Kong Chian Reference Library... they have a very effecient security system whereby you are not allowed to bring in bags bigger then A4 and no printed papers... Reason being that section of the library is not meant for studying..

Was stopped by the security guard when I attempted to bring in my file, which consisted of lecture notes and stuff.. He brought me to the counter and i told the ladies there, if i cant bring in my stuff, how am i going to do research. It's kinda absurd that they actually prevent people to go in to study, which is making good use of the facilities.. would they rather prefer to have ah peks and ah mas sleeping in there?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Answer to my prayers..

Finally came up with quite a successful sample for FYP today..

I shant really reveal what this is first... until the right time.. maybe till next year SPinnovex.. hehe

Been working really hard.. busy with reports and numerous trials recently, somemore with the bad haze levels from yesterday which reached as high as PSI 150, I think i am going to fall ill soon!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Ban on Camera Phones in Army Camps..

The spread of videos taken in army camps or during reservists trainings on popular video webhost has lead to Mindef banning the use of camera phones in army camps. Such a move has indeed brought about a debate on whether such an action is indeed justifiable.

While it is in good in a sense that it helps in maintaining security, the number of handphones without cameras is fast decreasing as more and more handphone manufacturers are placing camera features to supplement the basic function of a mobile phone.

Banning camera phones and devices that can record images can be implemented easily, but can the leakage of classified information be controlled especially in times of modern technology whereby one can have access to a wide range of chatrooms, internet forums and blogs. Take a look at the STOMP website, much information about reservists or funny happenings in camps are frequently featured there.

Thus while it is easy to ban devices, it is even harder to control human behaviour.....

Friday, October 06, 2006

Chang Er, Chang Er.. Where Art Thou?

The haze been pretty bad on a Mid-Autumn Night, I can hardly even see the moon at all!

What's mid autumn without a moon to appreciate?

Anyway, i have been rather stressed today.. rushing from lab to lab to do my FYP... Really keeping my fingers crossed that the formulation will work!

Someone criticized my FYP product today.. been facing some negative comments from people who feel that it looks weird, tastes weird... I guess the mentatlity and acceptance of such a product is not there yet.

But nevermind , I shall work even harder.. Like how the song "Beautiful by Christina Aguillera" goes:

'Cause you are beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can't bring you down
Ohh no'Cause you are beautiful
In every single way
Yes words can't bring you down
Ohh noSo don't you bring me down today
Time to work harder!!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes...

The haze condition in Singapore is getting really bad...

Just by looking at the number of pictures that are posted up onto the Stomp, Straits Times Online Portal, it looks like smoke is really getting into the eyes of Singaporeans..

Figures shown by NEA indicate an average figure of below 100... but i really wonder.. such a figure might not actually reflect the severity of the haze at the particular time and area.

Was at a neighbourhood shop earlier in the evening and noticed a corner that had mooncakes on display... upon closer inspection.. saw that they had pineapple tarts and peanut puffs available too.. which kinda reminds me of like Chinese New Year.. Even the packaging looks like those for CNY.. scary thoughts..

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Lobster!

No...
not the edible kind..

I got a lobster aka yabby as a pet today!

Pretty active guy.. refuses to stay still for a minute!!

It's been trying to escape from its tank!


Sorry for the blur pic, its due to the fact that the little bugger refused to pose for a shot!

Anyway, today, I suddenly feel the drive in me again for FYP.. it dwindled over the holiday period... but now, I am starting to feel the effects in me again.. Like cafffeine from a cup of espresso taking effect...

Hope, the drive will stay!!

Really Sweet Ad...

Here I am blogging even before school starts on a mid week wednesday...
School starts late on alternate wednesday cos there is no lab sesssions going on...

I saw this ad on you tube.. its really romantic and innovative...


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A sigh of relief...

Heaved a sigh of relief when my product for FYP came out looking pretty fine..



In fact several of the lecturers said it tasted very nice. Our lecturer in charge even gave me an 8/10 rating... At long last, the FYP is heading somewhere.. but still a long way to go.. must continue to work harder to improve on other factors...

Wish me luck!! And must support my product, ok?

Monday, October 02, 2006

FYP in progress

Finally my FYP having some progress... stayed back in school after lessons to do some trials..

thankfully, there was space in the lab for us to do the trials...

Look at all the white stuff... in the mixture.. thinking of something fatty and sinful?

Not to worry.. it's going to be healthy.. hehe..

cant reveal too much details here at the moment.. will do so at the right time..

quite comforting in a sense that at least FYP is progressing and not being stagnant..

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Over 1k visitors

Ever since the Chicken Katsu Curry saga that I posted on my blog, I have been receiving a steady stream of about 100 viewers a day.

I thank you for the support, and to the numerous emails to me asking me about the name of the restaurant... hehe.. its a secret! Not too nice to do washing of dirty linen in public, lest i get sued for exposing all their emails here on my humble blog...

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Once again, thanks for visiting!