Thursday, November 29, 2007

Are all rich people stingy??

Had a busy day rushing from place to place today, until I suddenly remembered about something that someone had ordered from me.

So I had to rush all the way to get it, and when I passed it to the person, he did not even ask how much is it?

Looks like people are thinking that with their high up status, people , like me, would have to be at their beck and call.

Mr Koh, from AVA, came to class today to share his interesting perspectives with us, for once, it made this module come alive..... :p

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

TCC and Encounters with Taxi

I went down to Town today to meet a client at TCC NAFA campus.

Actually, thanks to Johnannes for passing me the discount card that entitles me for 15% discount at TCC. Surprisingly, the food served was pretty good, was told that it was a new menu, just recently planned. I had this beautifully roasted chicken with pasta served. The mild hints of olive oil complimented the dish very well!

Another thing that impressed me was the Ti-Rum-misu... utterly sinful... and also very creative in terms on visual display and design.

Ok, back to the point on my encounter with the taxi service in Singapore. Was fast approaching 10 oclock, so i decided to flag a cab back home. However, there was not a single available cab to be seen in sight, most had red 'on call' status.

Walked from Sunshine Plaza up to Selegie area.. then to Dhobby Ghaut and finally to Park Mall where I finally got through the taxi booking hotline and had to wait for some 7 minutes before my cab arrived!!!

Good or bad... I should have just called a cab at Sunshine Plaza instead... :(

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Good water

Having just recovered from my illness today, I took the chance of being early to meet a client to browse the supermarket. Went to the mineral water section and saw this interesting brand of dew water that was being featured in the newspapers and various media recently.

Quite expensive for a 250ml, nearly $2.. but it claims that is is extremely pure and naturally rich in oxygen.

So having remembered what a friend once did for me when I was sick, buying a bottle of high end mineral water cos I deserved the best.... I decided to do the same for myself and bought it....

It tasted pretty nice and pure.. a quick check on the nutritional information panel revealed 0 nutrition: no calories, no mineral enrichment of any kind.

Actually, the process actually reminds me of distilled water or reversed osmosis water....

Then again, am i paying too much for something that seems over hyped? Arent all waters naturally oxygen rich to support life?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Nokia Queues

Why are the queues at Nokia Service Centre always so long???



Is it due to the fact that many people use Nokia handphones????



or its due to higher frequencies of defective phones from Nokia?

Friday, November 23, 2007

Functional Whine

Attended this talk on Functional Foods today at Republic Polytechnic..


Actually, I was pretty excited to attend this talk until I set thru it.. The talk started late.. ended late... and to make things worse, we sat thru the entire 'lecture' for more then 3 hours.. without a break... to think that the average attention span for most people would be about 30-45 mins.

Also, some of the topics covered were WAY far off functional foods... we had speakers doing their own dedicated hard sell of their spa packages... perhaps.. that was meant to be the commercial break for us to go to the toilet?

The much awaited food tasting sessions was at the end of the seminar... the foods on display were pretty good.. like the omega 3 oil enriched mango flavoured ice cream and stuff... There was even a cranberry brownie (don't ask me how functional it is... it seems to even make kueh lapis with dried prunes a functional food)

Finally, I really appreciate free parking in school now.. the car park fees at RP cost me $3... imagine driving and parking in school everyday!!!! argh!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Rude driver

Nearly got into an accident today when I was getting out from a parallel parking lot..

I was already almost out..
when this stupid driver just sounded the horn and drove past me..
and that stupid bitch had the aduacity to stop her vehicle and stare at me when i drove past...

what a BITCH!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Confusing Practical...

Objective: To determine level of lead in ppb levels in fish samples

Results: Confusion and more confusion

Discussion: If you cant covince us.. please don't confuse us!


Pretty unlucky during the practical too.. the machine started to drip some unknown liquid.. and the whole practical was called off.. and we had to use the previous groups results...
What an uneventful day.. to think we spent quite some time to prepare our samples.. all these were in vain...

Monday, November 19, 2007

New lecturer for Biotech

Finally.. a new lecturer for Biotech....

Pretty interesting lecture today.. who talked about genetically modified food and animals... imagine... glow in the dark green mice...

If they can make humans with such glow in the dark functions... of course.. must include a vector switch so that we can switch on and off at our own will... no need for light sticks during army any more.. :p

Sunday, November 18, 2007

O$P$

Was at Chinatown today for dinner...

Came across this scene...

This China man... standing outside this steamboat restaurant with a large placard with the words written on it "name of restuarant" owes me salary.. pay up" ...

Loads of people were gathering around him.. tourists even snapping pictures of him.. doesnt he know how to complain to MOM???

Or does he enjoy making a nuisance of himself?

Bought my fave egg tarts, wife biscuits and chicken biscuits from Tong Heng.. been a long time since I savoured them... but sad to say.. seems that there is some drop in quality in the egg tarts and the wife biscuits!

Met up with JAM and went to their new premises at Sunshine Plaza.. it sure looks good with prospects there!

Oh... I went to Mr Bean the cafe at Selegie with them! It has been such a long long time since I went there in my JC days... the place still remains the same... like a frozen moment in history... though the menu has certainly changed.. and of course the prices! :p

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Tropical Christmas comes early..

Headed on down to Orchard Road today... to get some stuff with my parents....


Had dinner at this Food Street near Meridien Hotel... it's more an over hyped hawker centre that puts real true local food fare to shame..




Just look at this chicken chop and you will know why...





Anyway.. the theme for Christmas this year in Orchard Road seems to be blue fairy lights hanging down from trees and all.. just walking along the road fills me with all the festive cheer... I cant wait for Christmas to come!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas is coming...

I remember a couple of years back.. there was this Coca Cola jingle that had "holidays are coming.. holidays are coming..."
When I saw this large Christmas tree at Causeway Point today during lunch, it brought some festive cheer to an otherwise routine and mundane day.

Really looking forward to making a Christmas wish list soon..

Anyway... it had been a long time since I had my fave Chicken Katsu Curry... looking at it in front of me just brought back memories...

Fast food restaurant replies.

The fast food restaurant I complained to actually replied to me today.
The outlet manager gave me a call today and informed me that she will look into the matter... and she knows who I am..

Judging from the persistent 'weird orders' I given her... like fries without salt... iced milo without ice... it makes me wonder if that's the reason why she remember me....

haha.. anyway, she said that she apologized and will look into the matter....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hauntings...


Does the ghost of the past comes back to haunt you when you are all alone in a familliar place?


I experienced it myself today....
The quiet corridors of Singapore Polytechnic.... setting sun.... somehow brought me into a time tunnel of the past.. Though not relatively far back in time, I still miss those days of the past...

Pissed with fast food outlet

Really pissed with this particular fastfood outlet today..... wrote this letter to the management today! Name has been changed to X in order to keep the identity of the company protected.


I would like to bring to your kind attention an incident that happened to me on 15th November 2007 1825 hrs at X Singapore Polytechnic outlet.

I was in queue at your outlet behind a customer looking at the menu, while your staff was serving the current customer. A bunch of people came after that and also got in line, the line was not really straight, and as a result, I was not really in line with the crowd that came later.

The manager, who was dressed in a blue shirt, came up to me, and asked me if I was waiting for something or queuing for my order to be taken. When I told her that I was queuing for my order to be taken, she did not even bother to ask if I was in the queue earlier and told me to join the back of the queue.

After reading your companys profile about making your customers happy, I really wonder if there is the culture at Macdonald’s where the staff do not bother to observe and pay attention to the crowd that they are serving. I really wonder why there is only 1 counter open to handle such a crowd. There should be proper crowd control measures taken to handle such a crowd.

This unhappy experience has certainly changed my impression of X’s and I would think twice before I patronize X again.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Busy peasy...

Pretty busy today..

rushing down from places to places....

crappy lecturer's lesson was kinda dry today...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Crappy Antivirus driving me nuts!

This anti virus program of mine is driving me nuts....

I cant activate it to run at all to auto protect my system.. even when trying to update the virus definitions and patches...

I even tried to contact the help desk.. but have not gotten a reply since i emailed them some time back.. talk about good customer service!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Donate rice to the needy...

.. and improve your vocab!!! http://freerice.com It's a win-win situation.... you get to improve your vocab.. and at the same time.. donate 10 grains of rice throught the United Nations to help end world hunger....

Hurry....

I donated like some 1590 grains of rice!

Seriously speaking.. its kinda addictive!

Soya Bean War

Was at Ghim Moh today..

and i noticed that there was a new soya bean drink and curd store opened right next to an existing one..


what competition....

the old store has its steady stream of regular clients..

The new store lacked the human traffic flow... but it had interesting things on its menu like soya curd tarts, soya pineapple tarts.... really wonder who will emerge as the winner..

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Suicidal....



This song caught my attention recently...
its rather catchy....

Friday, November 09, 2007

China Phone call scammer...

Got this call today while I was at work...

'Private Number' flashed across my HP screen..

when i picked it up.. this familliar China Chinese accent.. saying something that I won something...

Pretending not to understand Chinese.. I queried her in an equally 'Angmoh' tone... and she immediately changed to this robotic sounding English tone... 'do you speak english"

Irritating China Scammers...
I just hung up after that..

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Charity Woes

Another charity organisation gets probed into again..

This time.. the highly respected Ren Ci...

Really wonder in future, will people still have confidence in our charitable organisations, especially after so many charity sagas...

All this incidents.. only going to make the true needy suffer...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Early Christmas in the air...

I smell Christmas in the air again..

Got this sms today informing me of a Metro Christmas Sale store wide 20% for members only...

It's more then 1 month away from Christmas.. and here we are having a Christmas sale..

talk about over commericializing festivities...

but i aint complaining.. cos i need to get a new shirt for an event next month.....

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Crap in = crap out....

What a crappy day.....

Had this new lecturer taking over for Advance Food Analysis..

And she just had to use this anaology on why basic techniques are still very important...

course if you input crap.. you get crap results.. the corny thing was that she drew a crab on the board... yawn... my toes are seriously laughing after such a long day..

spare me all the crab can? *pun intended*

Monday, November 05, 2007

Explosion right in my face...

I was changing a bulb earlier this morning for a high voltage oven.. and it nearly exploded with sparks coming out from the holder...

a close shave... judging from the fact that the bulb was eye level...

Also found out today that my juniors had their project selected for Spinnovex 2008...
wow.. looks like it's going to be busy.. it sure brings out nostalgia again...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Lift Kiasuism

I seriously wonder why are some people so kiasu to get into lifts!!!

Are they afraid that there's no space for them??

Was at Causwaypoint today for dinner.. and was taking the lift down to B3 carpark level. The lift stopped at level 1 and this whole bunch of people just came in. Thought that they were also going down.. but i was wrong, this bunch of people remained in the lift when I got off at B3.

This makes Singaporeans so ugly and ungracious.. depriving people who really need to go down to B3.... they should all go down to B18!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

When Express has a different meaning...

Cameras installed in the KPE tunnel have captured 3,378 vehicles travelling above the speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour since it was opened a week ago.


Now, Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) has barely been open for long.. and we are seeing fast returns...

A fine of $150 x 3400 in just 6 days... that would add up to 510 k.

Think uniquely Singapore.. welcome to Singapore's expressway!

Friday Night Chill Out

Went for an informal AFT class gathering today (Friday)...

First, had dinner with 2 of my classmates at 211 cafe! I really love the night ambience of the place. Ordered Fishermen Platter!!! The portion was pretty big... and the seafood was, most importantly, fresh!


We met the rest of the clique at Eski Bar!!! It was a literal chill out.. as the drinks were served in nearly an Artic setup! But the nice drinks they had really warmed one up... This Greygoose orange vodka with sprite was simply refreshing with its subtle citrus notes!

We chatted at Eski Bar till 11+ before heading to NYDC for deserts! Yea.. imagine eating a mudpie at like near mid night... the ultimate sin!!!!

Looks like my AFT classmates are pretty happening!!!! Cant wait for more gatherings!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Reply from SBS....

Wow..
amazing reply from SBS...


Please refer to your feedback received on 24 October 2007.

2 Our investigation revealed that between 1930hrs to 1952hrs, Service 7 SBS641B was berthed at the Clementi Interchange's parking bay. However, in your feedback, you indicated the incident time at 1942hrs. In view of this discrepancy, we are unable to proceed with our investigation.

3 However, if you have new information to provide us, we will be able to reinvestigate into the incident.

4 Regards



I am so flattered by this reply really...