Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Facebook Status

"Walked out of the plane and took my first breath of KK air. Walked down the mobile stairway and took my first step on KK land. Looked up to the skies and saw my first KK stars. The wind blew and I felt my first KK wind in my hair. It felt like only yesterday I was here. I almost cried."

-Full coverage of KK Trip 2009 will ensue-

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cat Plushy Turned Door Knob Hanger

I've had this cat plush toy for some time now. I got it two years ago as a gift.


It had been sitting around without serving much purpose and I am running out of space to display it.

So I dug out a spare button and a short piece of rope...


sewed them onto each paw...


fastened them together, and tadaaaaa... I have a new door knob hanger!


Still not serving much purpose, though, to be honest.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Born Rich (富贵门)


***[SPOILER ALERT!]***

I just finished the last episode of TVB's Born Rich (富贵门). I thoroughly enjoyed every episode of this drama but knowing TVB (perhaps too well for my own good), I withheld hopes for a perfect ending to match the good plot and great characters.


Surprisingly, the ending was indeed near perfect. There weren't too many deaths, and even the bad guy was given a chance to repent. At one point, you decided that the villain had turned from a much lovable character to such evil that there couldn't possibly be any turning back. Despite a part of you wishing he could go back to his old good self, you knew he deserved nothing but punishment. How is it possible then for TVB to let the villain live happily ever after without compromising its social responsibility of teaching its audience the moral lesson of you-reap-what-you-sow?

By giving the villain a last-minute repentance and subsequently a permanent amnesia, although at one point, there seems to be a suggestion that he actually healed but continued to fake the memory loss, which I think is a very nice touch by the scriptwriters. People who cared for him was spared from the heartbreak of losing him, the victims of his misdoings got to return to their happy lives with no grudges (since the villain had returned to his old good self), and a broken family was slowly being reunited in a realistic, yet romantic pace.

TVB often try too hard to make their show impactful by killing off a major character in the end. This time, however, there was no death of major characters (except one, who may or may not matter depends on how you see it) and the ending was just as impactful.

One more thing that set Born Rich aside from other typical TVB dramas is the way the script was written without spoon-feeding moral lessons to its audience. They are definitely there, but not obviously pin-pointed out every single time, unlike some other dramas *cough*Moonlight Resonance*cough*. xD

Nowadays, TVB dramas this good are hard to come by. Perhaps one tiny little glitch I think this drama has is its English title - Born Rich. It sounds too...unpoetic. If I were to give it a new English title, I'd probably say something to the effect of...Wealth and Deceit or A Life Born Into. But then again, I've heard way worse English title of TVB dramas, so I'm not really complaining.

Oh and one more thing. Plenty of scenes in this drama were shot in Sabah. The main reason I started watching, really.

Here's the opening theme to Born Rich. Enjoy!
I watched the whole drama expecting a totally different kind of ending, no thanks to the misleading opening theme!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Kicking-Off the Christmas Spirit at Work

Someone once asked me why am I so excited about Christmas when I don't believe in Christianity or Jesus Christ.

I say why be so particular about religion when it is the season people are nicer and friendlier?

Sure, it is the season merchants burn huge holes in consumer's pockets. I won't deny I am a victim myself. Even more guiltily so for knowingly fall for it. But you know what?

I am happy. Walking in the city with Christmas songs and decorations makes me happy. Seeing people in great holiday moods makes me happy. Buying gifts for loved ones make me happy. Treating myself to new items for the holiday seasons makes me happy. Some say it is unnecessary spending. I say necessity is subjective. As long as I am spending within my means and not on overpriced stuff, who's to say it's wrong?

Enjoy the holiday season while it lasts, everyone!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ah Koon the Cat

To my great delight, there was a cat show at my neighbourhood shopping mall today. It wasn't grand but it had cats. I made some purchases, knowing the profits will go to helping the cats in Kittycare Haven. I heard there's going to be another cat show tomorrow at the same venue!

Ah Koon the Heaviest Cat in Kittycare Haven @ Lim Chu Kang


A Personal Photo with the Celebrity Cat
(no, I was not strangling him)

Totally made my day.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Orchard Road Christmas Lights 2009

Photos taken on 21 Nov 2009 (Saturday).

Inside Orchard Central


Singapore Visitors Centre


The Blue-Pink Stretch of Christmas Lights


The Rotating Santa Claus Statues


The Blue-Yellow Stretch of Christmas Lights


Paragon


Takashimaya


Ngee Ann City


Random Deco


Another Random Deco


One of Many - The whole stretch of Orchard Road was flanked by these


Tree-Top Lights


The Orchard Road Crowd


The Lamp Post Decoration


Isetan / Wisma Atria


Isetan / Wisma Atria - Close Up


A Welcome to Orchard Road


Ion Orchard


In front of Ion Orchard - There's a ghost in this pic...can you spot it?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cringe Moment!

LOL!!! This video makes me laugh so hard (because of all that screaming) and at the same time, makes me feel so proud of my juniors!


SFC @ Bakat Interact 2009, KK, Sabah

I can totally understand why other schools hate us so much. Even I (now) get annoyed by all those screaming! But hey, I know they had loads of fun and 10 years later they will think back on these memories and feel so so embarrassed and yet have not a hint of regret. Everyone deserves a childhood memory to cringe at but be thankful for.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

DIY Ang Pao

There's a Chinese wedding to attend tomorrow and I can't find any ang pao packets. So what do I do? Make my own, of course!



List of materials include:
  • Red crepe papers (from my crepe paper flower materials stock)
  • A sewing needle and gold threads (well, as gold as I could find, that is)
  • A sacrificial wedding invitation card (from which the gold "喜喜" was cut)
  • About 8cm of gold ribbon wire
  • Glue

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dark Chocolate Moment

These were taken a month ago. Nowadays, I don't get to eat a whole bar of chocolate that often, so I am recording the experience!

The chocolate bar was a gift, by the way. So there's my excuse.


Verdict? Too bitter for my ideals, but it's chocolate nonetheless, so I'm not complaining. Besides, I hear dark chocolates are good for the heart.

The Many Versions of Bohemian Rhapsody

There are so so many Youtube videos of people doing all sorts of different renditions of this song - awesome ones, funny ones, even downright bizarre ones. There is this lady singing it SOLO...

...and then there's more...


I first watched this at work. BIG MISTAKE.



Here's a bizarre one:


Goes to show what a legendary song Bohemian Rhapsody has become.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

F.A.M.I.L.Y.

Mom and Dad came and left Singapore in what seems to be a just a blink of an eye. I've spent a whole week being extremely excited about seeing them, so much so that I had trouble falling asleep the night before. Now that they have came and left, and despite knowing all too well this is exactly how I would feel, I still feel the pang of sadness at its full effect. The more I looked forward to seeing them, the more I miss them after they left.

I don't think it is normal to find it so hard to part with my parents at this age, when I am supposed to have my own life, my own stuff to care about. Truth be told, I am somewhat embarrassed to admit to still being this attached to my parents. The thought of them leaving this world scares me to death. Yet, I know that it is an inevitable fact that they will not be around for me forever. That is why that despite them being perfectly healthy now, I can't help thinking I must seize every moment with them and spend as much time as possible with them, lest I will regret for the rest of my life.

I used to know someone whom I thought was just as attached to the parents as I am. This person has since found a significant half and decided to stay with the significant half instead of returning to the parents as initially (and overtly) decided. The question of the likelihood of me finding a significant half aside, I pray to God (whichever God that is responding to my prayers) that I will never ever become like this person.

This post is probably more suitable for an entry in the personal diary. But I needed to let this out. Not that many people read this blog anyway. Those who do, well, you care enough to try to understand me than to judge me, right? Hence the reason I want to keep this blog amongst personal friends only, really.

Peace.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Earth is a Recycle Bin

CYH: I think we are probably reject goods - man.
kaioucat: Hahaha...so flawed.
CYH: God has sent his perfect creations elsewhere, and earth is like this small recyble bin on the desktop.
kaioucat: So...the apocalypse is when god empties the recycle bin?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Women Shower vs. Men Shower

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Landlady from Hell

How to tell if you're staying with a landlady from hell?
  1. She wants to add $20 on the monthly rental because you own a personal computer.
  2. She insists on following you to the telco to sign up for a broadband internet account to make sure you don't do anything funny with her residential phone line. There aren't anything funny you can do with her residential phone line.
  3. She strictly expects you to literally hand her the first month's rental at the exact moment she passes you the house keys "because the contract says so", failing which is a World War III ordeal that renders a phone call from your rental agent asking you to do so on behalf of her, just so she can avoid the confrontation with you.
  4. She gives you lengthy lectures on how to "live" in her house the first day you move in.
  5. The closet initially promised as provided as part of the room is actually half filled with her dead mother's old clothes.
  6. She wants her floor mats, pails, towels, and just about every other household items to be placed in the exact location and position, with elaborate maintenance rituals.
  7. She offers to cook dinner and says it will be ready at 7pm, and then come home with raw ingredients at 9pm.
  8. She profusely apologises to you because her nephew "accidentally" used your toilet papers in the bathroom, like those few squares of toilet papers are made of gold (maybe they are for her).
  9. She covers or wraps every single piece of household appliances, where possible, with cloths and plastic bags, and insists you do the same.
  10. She collects tissue papers from public places for home use.
  11. She cleans her stand-fans with Dettol and insists you do the same.
  12. She sets rules for her iron usage i.e. do not fill with water if ironing 5 pieces of garments or less; leave the iron air-cooled overnight before wrapping it up in a plastic bag , putting it back into its box, and then keep the box in a designated place after every single use. Just another one of her rituals.
  13. She calls the rental agent to complain about you being too quiet and staying in your room all the time.
  14. She talks too loudly on the phone.
  15. She talks too loudly.
  16. You come home one day to find the door to your room is locked. You distinctly remember you did not lock the door on your way out. You ask her to open it with the spare key that she keeps. She looks shocked to know that you do not lock your door. She is guilty as charged for sneaking into your room even when she thinks you keep your door locked, which would obviously mean you want people to keep out.
  17. After "exploring" your no-longer-private bedroom, she insists that you buy a clothes rack for yourself because your placing of those few pieces of clothes on your furniture inside your room is too untidy for her.
  18. She insists on cleaning your room for you because she thinks you don't clean it well enough. Even when you're in your room doing your own stuff, she wants you to get out so she can spend 30 bloody minutes in your room cleaning.
  19. She expects you to collect laundry water for recycling, when collecting laundry water means placing the drain hose outlet in a small scoop and transfer the water into larger pails - scoop by scoop. And it has to be water from the last rinse cycle. The antique washing machine does not have timer functions. You are supposed to have premonitions on when the washing will start its last rinse.
  20. Her washing machine is so old, it stops mid-wash almost 90% of the time, and she insists that the machine "can still be used". Until it breaks down two months into your stay and blames you for it.
  21. She spots "scratches" on the wooden door and claims you scratch the door with your fingernails. The scratches are at the far corners of the door, where you either have to squat down or tip-toe to reach. The door was made of hard wood. You do not keep long fingernails.
  22. She "notices" that the window panes have "bent" since you moved in. She blames you for being rough on the windows. The "bent" panes are made of glass. Glass don't bent. They crack.
  23. She has a private bathroom attached to her bedroom. Instead of using it and saving both of you from having to share, she uses the common bathroom, and then complain that you hog the bathroom during her "time slot".
  24. She spends one hour in the shared bathroom washing and scrubbing - everyday.
  25. A strong wind blows her hall windows closed while she is out. She tells you off for closing the windows. Having absolutely no reason to get out of your room to close the hall window aside, you explained that it was the wind. She doesn't believe you and starts telling you how the wind flows inwards and not outwards. In her world, wind blows in only one direction.
  26. You turn on her TV (for the first time) only to find out a few minutes later your show has ended, so you switched it off. She shrieks like it was World War III because she thinks turning on and off electrical appliances greatly diminishes the life-span of the appliances.
  27. She walks around in the house and use the toilet in darkness in an effort to save electricity.
  28. She goes for a week-long overseas vacation. You ask for a relative's contact number so you can contact him/her in case of emergency with the house. She distrustfully tells you that her relatives are not comfortable to give me their numbers.
  29. One year into the agony, you finally decide to move out. Your moving transport can only arrive at 11:30am. She insists that you get out of the house at 11am because she needs to leave the house at 11am. You coming back to return the house keys to her is absolutely out of the question. She doesn't trust you enough even after one year of staying together.
  30. You find out after moving out that she has been calling your rental agent once every few weeks to complain about you for not satisfying her ridiculous list of qualifications as a tenant.
  31. From her, you learn the true meaning of psychoticism, neuroticism, and OCD.
  32. *Missed out this one: She insists you open/close the doors with absolutely no sound because she "cannot stand the noise". Not even the softest thud.
Coming Up Next: Landlady from Hell - The Sequel

P/S: My current landlady is a really nice person who makes me want to be a better tenant. That's how things work, you know? You be nice to people, people be nice to you. Simple.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

In the Mood for Cantopop Music

I was browsing the Hong Kong music charts online to see what the Hongkies Hong Kongers are listening to lately. Didn't find anything I like - not even remotely!

I was hoping to find something I like as much as I do "小酒窩" (Little Dimple) by JJ Lin and Charlene Choi (the original version is in Mandarin, though I much prefer the Cantonese version as it gives me a more homely feeling).

I actually got to know this song rather incidentally. I signed up for a new M1 mobile phone plan end of last year and was pleasantly surprised by the free JJ Lin CD promotion they had at the time. The Cantonese version of "小酒窩" was a bonus track in the album.


Click Play to Listen to 小酒窩 (Cantonese Version)

Alas, I remain deprived of new Cantonese songs...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Colleagues and I Do Stand By Me (Acapella)

Rehearsal
Event: Last Rehearsal before Halloween Day

Date: 30 Oct 2009 (Friday)

Venue: Company Recreational Club




Our 2 Absentees of the Day were Represented by the 2 Stands with Orange Hats


Actual Day
Event: Corporate Dinner & Dance cum Halloween Bash
Date: 31 Oct 2009 (Saturday)
Venue: Orchard Hotel Ballroom

My Table Mates

The Performers in Full Costumes

Now that the performance is over, I'm definitely going to miss the people and the practice sessions.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cartman Sings Poker Face

From the latest episode of South Park - Season 13, Episode 11: Whale Whores.


Cartman's Singing Rocks!

Where would South Park be without Eric Cartman?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stage Fright

Remember in one of my earlier posts I mentioned I was roped into my department's acapella team? It's for a performance during the company's Dinner & Dance, and it's happening this Saturday. When I agreed to join almost 2 months ago, I didn't think I'd feel any stage fright at all because of the large team. But now that it's only 3 days away, I'm certainly feeling the anxiety of performing on stage in front of hundreds of people, some of which I work rather closely with in a very formal manner.

With so much experience speaking and performing on stage all those years ago, I really thought I was already accustomed to it. I guess familiarity requires practice to maintain, especially when circumstances have changed so much since the last time I did it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another New Addition to the Bedroom

I could hear this floor mat screaming at me at the mall to buy it. It's one of those things you feel are made just for you, and it's close to sinful if you don't buy them.

Did I mention how little it cost?

I'm beginning to sound like a shopaholic. I think it's time for me to stop buying pointless (besides decorative) stuff for the bedroom now.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Look What Came in the Post Today!

...

...

...

...


Thanks, Tiff! I love it very much!

Now, Mozie...how about giving this one a name too? *wink*

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dinner at Chako

Chako is this quaint little Japanese restaurant located at Clementi. For anyone who has dined there before, I'm sure the first thing that they remember about that restaurant is the LONG-ASS waiting time.I'm talking about hours of waiting. Some people bring a book, their laptop, PSP, or homework to the restaurant hours before they expect themselves to be hungry. I kid you not, seriously. However, if you appreciate good food, it makes all the waiting well worth it because theirs are absolutely fabulous!

Actually there are ways to reduce waiting time (although it'd still be long). My colleague, who is a regular customer, called a day before to make reservations and placed our orders, and told them what time we'd be there. This can shorten the waiting time quite significantly (maybe 1 hour instead of 2). To download their menu, click here.

OK no more blabbering. Pictures galore!

Ika Fry - Bread-crumbed deep-fried cuttlefish served with salad.


Yosenabe - Claypot soup with seafood, chicken, assorted vegetables, mushroom and beancurd.


Custard Puding


Green Tea Puding


They serve complimentary roasted barley tea, which is good. Total spent for 2 persons: SGD58. Absolutely satisfying!