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It All Ends Here

It's all coming to an end. In 2 days time I will be getting back my life, my liberty and most important of all, my pink IC. I never thought that NS could have been as enjoyable as it was. All the stunts, pranks, jokes and fun we had together throughout these 2 years will never be forgotten. Here's a special thanks to all those who shared laughter and tears with, to our 61st and 62nd batch especially. NS wouldn't be the same without you guys.

Let's start from the beginning. To Tian Soon, thanks for recommending this super slack vocation and giving us a great time during course as well as the Changi Team era. You're still one of my bestest buds. To Wen Sheng, I donno how or why we became so close during the past year but I don't regret any moment we had together. We are the kings of the East and brothers forever. To Chris, we will definitely miss your crazy side-breakfall demos as well as your prowless in Tekong. Study hard in a aussie and come home with a good degree, not an aussie accent mate. To Junior, don't be such a stuntman in the working world cos you're gonna get burnt harder than anything you ever felt in SPT. Be a good boy in aussie and you can could on us to take care of Shermaine till she joins you. To EZQ, some things in life have to be done, don't always try to siam cos sometimes you have to get it done no matter what. Enjoy your freedom now and hopefully find a good partner soon. To Ben, good luck and have fun down under but make sure to take care of yourself while drifting through downtown. We want to see you back in Singapore in 1 piece ok? To Jian Wei, you're the most hardworking person in SPT and I'm sure you will put that worker's attitude to a much better use after ORD. Hope to see you one day as the Singapore Champ of DOA, you can do it! To the rest of the batch, although we didn't spend much time together I hope you guys will remember me the same way I will remember you.

To Ian Michael and Binny, I believe you 3 are the best and most knowledgeable CCIs in the wing right now. We have thought you well and will always be proud of you. To Ming Qiang, we will always remember your rubber duckie voice when you first came in. Don't always be such a nice guy cos some people will just climb over your head. Sometimes you have to look out for yourself first. To Tim SC, hope to see the finished product on your back some time soon. Just endure AFC a little longer, it will be over soon. To Geoffrey, proffessional bumming at home may be relaxing but don't let it take over your life. Will be joining you as a civilian in 2 days time. To Alex, always remember these words of wisdom from our holy Nandakumar, "If you play with fire, one day you will get burnt." If you wanna slack, do it smartly. To Esmond, we will miss your mono-toned voice and your cheeky smiles. To the rest of the batch, rock on!

Well, thats for the warm-up of my fingers, cos today I will be flooding your page with more than just my ORD thanks. 1 whole week of activities will be cramped into this tiny little space of mine so endure! Last night Singapore crowned it's 2nd Singapore Idol, Hady Mirza. Truth be told, I would rather have Jonathan be the next Singapore Idol cos we already have a Malay Idol, although Hady's voice was always better than Jon's. Did you guys notice some strange happenings during the Results show last night? Firstly, like all 'LIVE' Singapore shows, most of the performances by the top 10 were all pre-recorded. It was extremely obvious during Matilda's song, where she dragged a note while her mouth was not even close to the mic. What's the point of a 'LIVE' show when everything was already recorded? Secondly, it's very obvious that Hady doesn't support local music when he totally forgot the lyrics of Electrico's song and even had the cheek to ask the leader singer for the lyrics on national TV during the performance. Even a pro like Germit fumbled during one of the annoucements where he annouced the wrong website address and had to be corrected by the backstage people through his ear piece. Well, all the best to Hady and Jon, but personally I still feel Jon would do better as the Singapore Idol cos he has that X-factor that Hady is lacking.

Anyhow written on Sep 26, 2006 at 10:13 AM

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Fish Out of Water

This weekend was a week of many firsts for me. Firstly it was the first time I was visiting a new mother during her confinement month. For those of you who are staying in the same mountain as me, a mother who has just given birth has to be confined at home for an entire month for God knows what reason.

Anyway, she resides in some Ulu Pandan place called Senja. [Any place not in the East or Central area of Singapore is Ulu Pandan to me] Hence we had to take the MRT to Jurong East, than swap a train to Chua Chu Kang and finally switch a LRT to Senja just to get NEAR her place. Not to mention we still had to walk like 10 minutes before reaching her block.

Oh, by the way, I can't believe I'm saying this but it was also my first time taking the LRT. I noticed a few things about the LRT system that the designers might have overlooked. Number 1, there are no glass panels beside the ends of the seats for commuters to lean against. It's just a metal pole connected to thin air. This is VERY DANGEROUS especially for mountain tortoises like moi who are taking the LRT for the 1st time. What would happen if they just assumed everything was like the MRT system and took a foot of the ground to lean against the tempting 'glass panel' beside the seats? It would cause a major commotion as well as free entertainment value for the rest of the commuters on the LRT.

Number 2, 1 LRT station can hold 2 LRTs going the same direction at any one time. Which means that they actually are wasting resources building 2 LRT trams to be used during rush hours rather than making a single LRT the length of the entire station [a.k.a. MRT]. What's the point of spliting a station length into 2 LRTs? Don't tell me they have to be short just to be able to take the sharp turns of the LRT track?

And lastly, the LRT is actually a loop service but they have 2 routes. One will go by the left loop while the next LRT from the terminal will go by the right loop. This is actually a clever move by the designers to save commuters staying on the near end of either side some valuable time but I think they forgot something... 2 LRTS can't be leaving the terminal station at the same time. And since the LRT loop is actually quite short, I don't see much of a difference in matter of the amount of time saved cause if you missed your side of the loop, taking the other side would almost get you back in the same amount of time as waiting for your next loop service to arrive.
OK, I shall stop my bitching about the LRT system for now. Maybe I'm just pissed that I had to pay an amount that is more than what I have to pay from getting from Boon Lay to Pasir Ris, but flaws ARE flaws right?

It was also my first time staying over at Pipi's sister's new house. And boy do they have some funny house rules. OK, maybe just one but it's still funny. They won't sleep until every eletrical appliance in the house is turned off, which includes, but is not limited to, lights, fans, TV, radio, laptop, main power points etc etc. So being a guest in their house means you have to go to sleep before they are willing to sleep, and I must say their bedtime is kinda early. So it's somewhat like being forced to go to bed just to make sure that they have enough rest.

Ok, enough of the bad memories, let's move on to the good memories of the week. Firstly we spent almost $200 just during that weekend alone. Together with some friends, we actually wanted to go sing some Karaoke at CineLeisure K-Box but a warning for those people out there who want to sing at K-Box, no matter what they tell you, their actual timing is as follows:

K-Lunch : 11am - 2pm
K-Happy : 3 Hours FROM YOUR CHECK-IN BETWEEN 2pm - 7pm
K-Golden : 3 Hours FROM YOUR CHECK-IN BETWEEN 7pm - 10pm
K-Midnight : 3 Hours FROM YOUR CHECK-IN BETWEEN 10pm - 3am

They are likely to tell you that their slots last for 4 hours until you go down to open a room, they suddenly turn around and say that they are only available for 3 hours and anything after that depends on the demand of rooms from the next batch of customers. Trust me on this, we were fooled twice that day, thinking that the next slot would last 4 hours, we decided to skip the current slot and go for a movie only to find that the next slot is exactly the same duration as what we could have got. Pissed off, we left the Central area for a less populated area, Marine Parade. I don't know why, but the service and staff of K-Box at Residental areas [Jurong East, Marine Parade] are always much better and friendlier than those at major shopping areas like Tampines and Orchard, where the staff always seem to act like they just come back from a round of extremely bad sex.

Over at Marine Parade, the counter girl told us with a smile that we would definitely be able to have the room from 10pm - 3am. No buts. That was the 1st time that I ever sang for 5 hours straight. I believe I'm not the only one who fuly enjoyed myself that day. Thanks again boys and girls.

Anyhow written on Sep 18, 2006 at 10:21 AM

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Welcome to my New Humble Hole

I guess that all those days spend cracking my brain on how to make the most of the little amount of customisibility that comes with xanga are all over. I managed to get this thing up and running in the space of just 4 hours. And I must say, I'm quite impressed with the end result if I do say so myself.

Anyway, Nationial Service is drawing to a close, and recently I've been stoning at home from dusk till dawn practically doing nothing. I guess I should start looking for a job cos if I'm heading the way I think I am, which is SIM, the new semester only starts on September 2007, while the bridging course starts on April 2007. Which effectively means I have almost 7 whole months to spend at my own free will.

I just sent out an email to apply for a job and I hope we can get in together, cos a good friend of mine also applied for the same job. Hopefully we can earn a few extra bucks before having to go back to studying.

And as for studying, unless it snows during summer, most probably I'll be taking Communcations and Information Systems at SIM. A lot of people have be telling me that the competition in the IT job market now is extremely tough and has been getting tougher ever since those programmingly-inclined Indians started to pour into our Singapore markets. Well personally I don't really give a damn about certs and degrees, but just because bloody Singapore is a Paper Market, I have no choice but to further my studies. Personally I always feel that paper qualifications to a certain extent only show how good your memory is and how fast you are able to put it into words. But when it comes to applying the knowledge, it's a totally different story.

Still not convienced? Here's an example for you. A newcomer learns all the theories of how to swim by reading up and practicing at his condo's swimming pool. A shipwrecked passenger survives drowning by swimming to a nearby desserted island. Now throw them both in the middle of the sea, who do you think will survive the longest? The smart alac who knows everything? OR the survivor who knows how to stay afloat?

Whatever the case is, I still need a stupid piece of paper, infact more than 1 if you count them [Degree, COE, ROM] to survive in Singapore... Therefore I have no other choice but to walk the beaten down path that so many others have peaved for us.

Anyhow written on Sep 11, 2006 at 2:11 PM

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