25 August, 2011

自欺 · Self-bully

一方面觉得较少登入是很惜的一件事,因为很多的想法都随着琐碎的生活细节而流失。

但换个角度想,真正有灵感、有热忱的时候,自然会有更新的冲动。


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今天早上去上班的途中,碰到了小学同学的母亲。

经过那么多年的经验,我早就学乖了——不要询问同学的近况!

但那位母亲很自然地就和我聊到她的女儿,我的同学。

话说我的这位同学成绩不错,能就读的大学要求她用半年的时间适应学院生活后才开课,而另一间N学府则称她的成绩太好,没有适合她的财经学科。所以她的结论是……

……先找份工作,明年再申请看看好了。


因为时间的关系,我没有办法和她多谈,但是难免觉得作为母亲的,被孩子骗是很可悲的事。

(1)本地大学那么难考进,怎么可能会想放弃?

(2)我有那么多同学也都就读大学,事实上我的哥哥们和远亲也上大学,从来没有听过哪间知名学府说要半年就读适应期的。最多也是迎新会嘛,对吗?

(3)我不相信所谓另一间学府会因为‘成绩太好’所以就不接受学生。学生成绩越好,学校声望与名誉就更上一层楼,怎么可能拒绝?颁发奖学金都来不及了呢!否则每届状元不都准备离校好了?

(4)别的国家我可不清楚,但在新加坡而言,理科学生从来都不用担心没有适合他们的学校。因为人文是在本地被看轻、被忽略的,而数学、经商、会计等的课程可谓一箩筐,怎么可能一科都没有?


所以说,长辈骗小孩是无知,晚辈骗大人呢?悲哀。


但是!!!

还有另外一个可能性,就是母亲自己自欺欺人。

举另一个例子好了——就像孩子说三个月天天加班不回家也深信不疑,其实早知道女儿放荡的性开放生活,却选择相信孩子的那一套谎言……

那已经超越一般的悲哀了!简直是…… 众人皆醒我独醉,悲哀自欺无人怜。


所以说……

生孩子是一场很大的赌注,我非常敬佩迎接小孩进入他们生命的家长。

愿意下赌注是勇气,愿意被孩子便仅剩悲哀。

18 August, 2011

My 20th Birthday

One of the highlights of this year has been getting employed at Munkysuperstar Pictures, better known as the company behind clicknetwork.tv in Singapore. I have to thank the bunch of loves who taught me so many new things, and it has truly been a life-changing experience.
So a week before my birthday, I started preparing foam tags for the bunch! (:


But procrastination set in, and I could only finish with the trimming and attachment of badge safety pins on the eve of my birthday.
Boss had told me that we'll have my birthday dinner with Don on Thursday after news shoot, so I thought things were fine till then. Boss also promised that there would be no pranks, but honestly? I couldn't believe any more than half of it because I'm scared of karma! Hahaha~
SUSPICION #1

Anyway, the first thing that came to my mind on Wednesday was- Boss is in pink! She usually wears black/white/grey/dark-colored tops in general. Apparently she bought that shirt to attend Pink Dot. Hmm.
Then next weird thing I realised was that Stephanie was exceptionally well-dressed too. She came in a super nice-looking top! And Cherie was wearing a dress, slightly chio-er than her usual.
At 11am plus I thought it's quite cool that everyone dressed nicely without saying to do it together in advance!
SUSPICION #2
Then.. the next weird thing gave a bit of the surprise away- Althea, a nice person from the office used-to-be next door, started chatting with me on G-chat, and wished me happy birthday!

I thought something was up, but thought she remembered wrongly when I told her at the company BBQ. 
Then!!!!
SUSPICION #3

I was waiting for Stephanie to ask me if I want to join her for lunch, cos that's what she usually does before 2pm. But she didn't speak a word, neither did anyone go for their separate lunch!

SUSPICION #4

Boss had put in our common shared calendar that she's out the whole afternoon and for the rest of the day. Then suddenly she popped back into office, looking all flustered. Hahahaha, and she said,"sorry guys, I'm late.... shall we go for lunch?"
AND THEN!!!!!!

SUSPICION #5
Everyone was just-so-happen to be ready to leave! That's like IMPOSSIBLE!

The usual is, someone initiates the lunch? question, and then after a lot of dilly-dally, we will set off.  
Lollol.
So I couldn't help it, and raised my suspicions in the lift, when I caught an evil glimpse from someone... forgot who. Next thing I know, the lift went to the basement, and they told me to put on blindfold... when I was about to text Pohpoh! Lol.
So apparently Boss' husband, who has his office a level below ours, booked Queenstown MacDonalds' party for me! WOOHOOOOO~~~
There were too many pictures, so I can only put them in a montage... Gotta admit though, they are not in their aspect ratio! Sorry if anyone looked fatter (ie me). 
OH RIGHT. On the journey, I felt like my sense of hearing was getting much better without sense of sight, which happens to be the one thing I fear losing most. 
But I never got to find out who else was on the car with me, other than Fin and Boss. =// *shrugs*

OH! And--- I was thinking what's the worst that could happen, because I heard Boss' grins. Then the first thing that came to my mind?

NOT NEVERLAND PLEASE.
(Anywhere but there!!!)
Yup. It's a Thai club, and I don't like clubbing, plus not ready for any sort of sleaziness halfway through work. Lol.
That guess made my boss laugh.
Okay enough said! PICTURES!!!


We had to play the usual party games, and there were two.
(1) Two teams, and the team members have to peg onto Boss/me one at a time, and the team with the most pegs at the end of 30seconds wins. Um. Our team lost, cos we were honest, and lined up a metre away from me, and queued, then proceed one by one. Boss' team was just standing around her, arms taking turns! 

Lollol. Anyway, everyone's happy. 

(and MCD staff cheated us, say winner will get extra prize in the goody bags at the end....)
but anyway most of the goodies they gave us ended up in props..

Then the second game.... Musical chairs!

Everyone's lesson of the day was seeing Boss' GAME FACE!

She won, of course!


As people would say it, you only believe it when you see it.
Hahaha. But it was for pure entertainment, no hard feelings! ((:


Ended with a meal, and singing birthday song plus cut cake. AWWWWW... Thank you everyone!

Noteworthy....

Cherie actually BAKED me a cake, not buy! ZOMG!

If you haven't notice, my name on the cake is manually drawn delicately in the Harry Potter design! Mad awesome right?!?!?! If you say no, you must be a Twilight fan. Then go away. Lol.

And then I got the birthday girl presents!!!
Another funny news-worthy bit- the crew called us by the names written on the "crown", and cos Cherie wrote mine as birthday girl, the crew called me "Birthday Girl" throughout. For real.

So cute...! Hahaha~

After all the fun, we got back to the office, and Cherie showed me the draft of the cake she sneakily did in her notebook. So cute and sweet. Thanks muchie x97489378924


Anyway, the used-to-be-next-door-office people were too busy at work to join the party, so I brought the other half of the cake goodness down to their office...
And then ALTHEA HANDED ME A BAG.
"Freda chose this for you, so if you don't like, it's her fault."

SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS SAID.
WHY WOULD I NOT LIKE IT!?!?!

I wasn't even expecting any present from them please... I dunno, the thought of it makes me wanna cry. =')

And more importantly, there were a few post-it notes on the bag of the presents... I kept them in mua wallet! So thankful for the bunch of nice people I've got the chance to meet in the past half a year or so.
Like seriously, if Boss never accommodated me in the first place, none of this would have ever happened.
I could be slogging out in a Chinese media publishing company, or working like crazy in some random places.
All I can say is, I'm thankful, thankful, and extremely thankful.

I was so touched by the present from Althea, Freda and Sheena, that when I got back to office and opened it up, I was in such a daze that I declared that it's a bag.
And it wasn't until like 5738256871minutes later when Cherie corrected me, that it's a leather jacket.

It was all great fun, minus the one thought that... I should have won a chio-er top that day. HAHAHA.

Review: Best Mobile Ice-Cream Portion


I love mobile ice-cream vendors!

I've been a big fan since primary school days, when an uncle would park his vehicle just outside my school, and kids dash to buy after school. Over the years, I've tried ice-cream from quite a few vendors, and I want to share the locations of some good vendors!

I love the scoops-in-cup kind as compared to a block between two waffles. However, what some vendors offer is a cup of ice-cream, but they scoop from the varieties for the waffle type, ie the chocolate, corn, durian, strawberry, raspberry. I think that's just awful, but maybe that's just me. If you're those who like varieties-for-value, then go for that!

Anyway, there's another type that's from a famous ice-cream company that's in Singapore. You'll recognise the logo and mascot from the umbrella and labels on the ice cream holder. To my surprise, that's actually mediocre.

If you've tried ice-cream that has got bits and pieces of ice in them, that probably shows that the ice-cream isn't "fresh". It is because the temperature of the fridge isn't consistent, so the ice-cream has been frozen and melted a few times, thus the water became bits of ice in the ice-cream. That's bad anyway.

Well, the best is the one that mixes three flavors in brown, yellow and pink.

The way to determine the "authentic" one? Try the chocolate. There's a very unique taste to the chocolate of the three. It's unlike the usual choclate ice-cream you get in food chains and mama shops. It leaves a strong aroma after it melts.

One place where you can find it is at the new Ponggol garden where there's a river. The seller is a Malay and he's there some nights.

Picture Credit: StreetDirectory.com

Another place that offers not just the authentic ice-cream, but also the BIGGEST portion I've EVER tried is around 565 Thomson Road between the florists (the one in the picture).

Not worth going down for it, but if you happen to be nearby, go for it!

Review: My Dessert House

I love hanging out at Ang Mo Kio hub mainly because my friends live in the neighbourhood. So one of my favourite food outlet is My Dessert House, located at the basement right in front of Watsons.


One of the best things about the place is how spacious it seems. The furniture is comfortable, and the layout is such that almost every table is at a corner, something many people prefer as it gives some sort of privacy.
Another thing I love about the place?
There's a clipboard for you to write your table number (taped at the corners of the tables) and your specific orders.


I think it's a great concept, especially when you are a picky customer. For example, I'm the kind who would order a waffle and state that I want less cinnamon powder and more honey. That's the sort of thing I always feel that waiters hear but can't be bothered to note. Or if you want a drink, and state less sugar, don't want toppings A and B, but you still want topping C. At least you can be sure the message is brought across.
How is it different from places like MOF that does something similar, but they list all the food on the order sheet?
For one, MOF's order list font size is about 4, and Dessert House's is about size 12. I had a horrible experience because MOF's order sheet is so hard to read, plus all the abbreviations, I made sure that I ordered the right meat, but I ordered Soba instead of Udon. =(
But of course, to be fair, the service and portions at MOF are bigger and more atas. For Dessert House, you have to fill in the order sheet and bring to pay at counter to make your order. But they serve the food to your table. Have I mentioned that their staff is very friendly, polite and thoughtful?

Previously they sold chocolate eclairs, and I bought like five mini ones that make up one person's portion. However, they saw that I was with two friends, so they provided three forks for my small portion of dessert. That's really observant and thoughtful!
They have a few blends that are worth trying out, the best being Champagne Grape. The drinks are slightly sweeter than average, but the fruits used are more sour to balance out the sweetness. So if you don't like sour strawberries/grapes, just put a note in the order list! See what I mean? =)

Champagne Grape Ice Blend

Another dessert I love from the place is the Chocolate sundae. It's just the normal sundae, but I love the portion that's generous, but doesn't kill.


The last best thing got to be their promotions that you can check out HERE.
In terms of fastfood, I've always preferred McDonalds to KFC because Mac's serving is just nice, but KFC's set always make me feel too full. In this case, Dessert House's serving is pretty well-measured.
If you haven't realised, the illustrations of their dishes are pretty accurate, as you can compare the sundae photo I took to the one in their menu. I hate places where they show that the portion is BIG, but comes like a kid's meal portion. That's called scam, and it's annoying.
Their curry is always sold out when I visit at night, so I guess it's one dish you should try if you ever visit!
These being said, there were a few dishes that weren't as good when my friends and I went, so take note if you ever visit! If you're easily satisfied then it shouldn't be a problem.
  • Braised Chicken with Rice
  • Egg Baked Rice
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

Review: Soo Kee Ring Fitting


I always wondered how people choose the accurate ring size, and I found the perfect answer in a Soo Kee Jewellery brochure!

On the last page, they had this article about the perfect pick & fit, so all you have to do is to poke your ring finger into the numbered holes! The one that fits you well is your ring size.

Not sure if I'm the only one who didn't know about this, but I'm fascinated anyway!

So if a guy wants to find out a girl's ring size, all he has to do is to turn to the flip side and pretend it's a game or something. Afterall, rings are costly and you don't want to get the size wrong! It's better to come up with a lame excuse like try this board out and see which hole your finger would get stuck in! than to be all romantic but "agar agar" and screw the romantic proposal, no? (:

08 August, 2011

MC King

你可能不知道 蓝钦喜/Jimmy Nah 是谁,但你可能会记得MC King这号人物。

他在2008年1月4日过世,还记得我一度非常伤心,因为他是一个值得我欣赏的人。后来我在这个部落格登了一篇我写的‘诗’纪念他,亦是为了抒发悲伤之情。

这篇作品在今年年初颖姿重顿中移至另一个网站,而今晚偶然又出现在眼前。觉得值得回味、缅怀、分享,再次让它回到颖姿。

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如果有一天,


If a day comes,
我无声无息地离去,

And I leave without a sound nor sign,
请不要为我伤心,

Please don't feel sad for me,

因为我只是去了一个更好的地方,

Because I'm just leaving for a better place,
就像从学府毕业一样,

Just like graduation from school,

迈向更辽阔的空间。

Heading for a better place to be.



如果有一天,

If a day comes,
我再也不能守在你们身边,

And I can no longer be by your side,
请你们原谅我,

Please forgive me,

并且帮我照顾我可爱的家人。

And help me take care of my lovable family.

如果有一天,

If a day comes,

我的脉搏请了长假,

And my pulse decides to take eternal leave,

请允许我的器官服侍另一条生命。

Please allow my organs to serve another life.


如果有一天,

If a day comes,

我再也不能让你取笑我的咪咪眼儿,

When I can no longer let you laugh at my small eyes,

我再也没有力气陪你玩耍,

When I don't have the energy to play with you anymore,

我再也没有元气和你拉拉扯扯,

When I can't ramble with you,

请不要难过,

Please don't be sad,
亦不要落寞,

Nor be disappointed,

因为你曾经陪伴我,

Because you had stood by me,

我已满足;

And I'm contented.

因为曾经出现在你的生命,

It's because we've met in this life,

我相信来生还会再碰面。

That's why I choose to believe we'd meet again.



如果有一天,

If a day comes,
我合上了双眼,

And I gently shut my eyes,
切记,

Please remember,

请默默地祝福我,

Do wish me well in your heart,
以笑声送我最后一程,

And send me off my final journey with laughters.

不要再责怪、后悔、悲伤,

Don't blame, don't regret, don't you cry,

因为我的自传已成功落幕,

Because I've told the story of my life,

需要的不是未来,

What I need is not any future,

而是珍惜曾经的力量。

But the ability to cherish all I had had.



如果有一天,

If a day comes,

时间到了而我该离开,

When my times is up and I ought to leave,

请别在我的四周徘徊,

Please don't stay by my side,

请别被困在遗憾中,

Please don't wallow in remorse,

请继续过着你的生活,

Please continue with your life,

如果想念我,

And if you miss me,

努力时,

Work hard,

请出双倍的力量,

And put in twice the effort you usually do,

就当是帮我做了我的那一份;

Take it as you're working my share too.

开怀大笑时,

When you allow a hearty laugh,

请笑双倍的声量,

Make that twice the volume,

就当是帮忙笑了我的那一份……

And take it as you've laughed my share too...
我很爱无缘无故地笑,

I like to smile for no reason,

你应该没忘记吧……?

I'm sure you remember that...?


如果有一天,

If a day comes,
我的部落格再也没法更新,

When I can no longer update my blog,

请不要毁了他们,

Please don't close them down,

因为它见证了我的过去、现在、未来;

Beause they have witnessed my past, present and future,

因为它最真实,最可爱;

Because they are as real and as valuable as can be,

因为它该原封不动地传个世世代代;

Because they are worth passing down to generations that follow,

因为它证明了我的爱。

Because they have witnessed my love.



哪怕有一天,

If a day comes,
这篇文章忽然应验,

When what I write in this poem comes true,
请不要惊慌,

Please don't panic,

请不要迷信,

Please don't worry,

而该为我高兴,

Please be happy for me,

因为这说明我已胜过天——

Because it shows that I've won life...
我抢先一步,预知了我的未来。
...by foreseeing the arrival of this day.

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