Saturday, May 30, 2009

Driving Is More Stressful Than Taking Public Transport?

Heard from a local radio call-in program one morning:

The topic was about the newly-opened MRT Circle Line, and what the public had to say about it.
One caller said, "The Circle Line is certainly a big welcome to the public because it made it convenient for many car drivers to take public transports to work everyday. When we drive, we are under a lot of stress. If we can take the public transport, there will be no stress and we can arrive at work fresh."


My take: SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TRY TAKING THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT DURING PEAK HOURS.

No stress??? Helloooo... the worries commuters have to put up with everyday during peak hours include (but are not limited to):
  1. Rushing to catch buses, lest risk waiting another 20-30 minutes for the next bus.
  2. Bus A has arrived. Should I take it now or wait for Bus B, which may or may not take a long time to arrive, but will stop closer to my destination? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
  3. Crowded buses - doesn't matter whether or not you get to board them, it will still be a stressful experience. Can't find a spot to grab on for balance, risk of straining your wrists from over-exerting strength to maintain balance, risk of getting your feet stomped on by passengers who lost balance, ineffective air-conditioning systems which lead to sweaty passengers which lead to stuffiness, etc...
  4. Crowded MRT and bus stations. I'm not exaggerating when I say the situation is very much like a sauna, except there're also exhaust smoke, dust, and people pushing you around.
  5. Having to be 100% cautious at all times to make sure you don't break any rules and comply to every bit of social and moral responsibilities, no matter how trivial. Failing to do so can lead to your picture being taken by model-citizen-self-righteous passers-by, who will later publish it on Stomp explaining why you are a lousy citizen.

How many of us have had our days ruined right at the beginning of the day by an ungracious seat-hogger, being shoved about by people in a hurry to collect birth certificates*, a nasty jab on the toe by someone's high heel, an embarrassing stumble in the MRT or bus, or just plain arriving in the office drenched in sticky sweat despite having had a refreshing shower just 1 hour ago?

This is not a complain directed towards the operators of public transports. In fact, Singaporean public transport is very efficient, me thinks. But to say it is stress-free to take public transport is like saying the Malaysian government is corruption-free - total bullshit!

*A form of expression directly translated from Cantonese, which is usually used to tell someone off for rushing for no apparent reason.

Monday, May 25, 2009

见死不救?

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kaioucat: Another poor prospect tenant came to view the room. How to save them?

Friend #1: Hand gesture. Eye contact.
kaioucat: But the crazy woman and the rental agent were too close by.
Friend #1: Maybe you should put up a sign at the front door that says "Danger. Keep Out".
kaioucat: How about this? "Beware of Crazy Bitch".
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To be fair, she is not a bitch. She is just crazy. Neurotic crazy. Kiasu, kiasi, and stingy. She thinks she's a saint and always right, so everyone should think the way she does.

Phew. That was like a fart. Smelly but feels good to let out. xD

Note: The title of this post reads "jian4 si3 bu2 jiu4". Literally translated to "see die no help". It means to see someone dying / in dire need for help and not lending a helping hand. That's how I feel seeing prospect tenants coming to view my current room.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mac OSX Dock Indicator & Separator for Cat Lovers

I installed the Tinted Glass dock by Corey O'Donnell from Leaparddocks.com, but I didn't like the indicator and separator that came with that dock, so I decided to design my own to replace them. Here's a screenshot of my dock now, with panel from Tinted Glass and my own original cat paw indicators and separator.


If you're interested, here're the PNG images of the cat paw indicator and separator. Feel free to use them!


Make sure to save these images in the same folder as your dock folder, replacing the existing indicator_large.png and separator.png files. Reactivate the dock using Dock Library and you should see glowing cat paws and a glassy separator on your dock!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sudden Void of Entertainment

Three TV shows that I have been following have ended their latest seasons. In fact, one of them ended altogether.

  1. Lost Season 5 wrapped up with the cruelest cliff-hanger ever! And Season 6 is only due to premier early next year!
  2. 30 Rock Season 3 ended with not much of an impact. But then again, it's still very much in the middle of the show's peak. No need for much impact.
  3. Scrubs Season 8 finale marked the official ending of the whole show. It was supposed to be touching, but I got the feeling the producers were trying too hard to make the audience sad. I didn't feel all that heavy-hearted to see it end.

Also recently ended were the anime Jigoku Shoujo, and this Malaysian reality online show called Malaysian Dreamgirl.

That leaves me with just HK dramas to watch, or if I get desperate, I might just start watching Heroes Season 3 (didn't like Season 1, but ended up watching Season 2 out of boredom).

It's gonna be a boring 2nd half of the year...up till December, at least.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

43 Bloody Degrees

Oi!! Why so hot??!!
My landlady is not happy when I turn on the air-con so much OK?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fake MC & Cute Doctors

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kaioucat: Do you think chronic sleepiness can be an excuse for MC?
Friend #1: No, but it definitely warrants a fake MC. Go to a doctor and tell him there is something wrong with your body. He will make up some fake illness for you. I went to a doctor last week in good health and told him I had sore throat. He used a torch to check my throat and then declared, "Yes, you have sore throat".
kaioucat: o.O... *wtf*

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Speaking of doctors, how come doctors are always so good looking? Once, I went for a medical check-up and this doctor was REALLY handsome and charming (as usual). The check-up included a procedure on my abdomen to check for abnormality (I guess). He was pressing on my stomach with my shirt pulled up a bit, and I started to blush (to my horror). Then he started to tap on my abdomen with his three closed fingers (estimated number, since I was busy trying NOT to blush). And (to my ultimate horror) the tappings sounded like DRUMS!!! *dom* *dom* *dom*

I swear, there was a window opposite me and I felt like jumping right out of it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I've Had Enough

Yep, I finally give up. I'm moving to a new place end of this month, and I can hardly wait. Can't believe I did not decide to move out earlier.

Screw the landlady, God bless the new tenants.

More stories of the landlady from hell after I move out (if I remember). I don't think I can hold in my anger until it's over if I talk about it now.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Syok Sendiri Moment

LOL! First off, sorry for this syok sendiri post.

I don't usually like to blog about my diet plans and exercise regimes, because I get rather supersticious that it might jinx my efforts and I then would suddenly lose all motivation to continue, which actually happened before, although I don't think it was any jinx...probably just my own lack of self-discipline.

In spite of that, I have to write about something I discovered yesterday. See... I started going swimming regularly about 5 months ago. The frequency was up and down, ranging from once to four times a week.

So yesterday, I lifted my arm to check out my underarm flappy fats. They're still there :-( , BUT I also noticed something else. I flexed my forearm muscles and walaaaaa!!! There was a noticeable bump on my forearm! This may hardly be breaking news for regularly fit people, but for me, who hasn't been exercising for goodness-knows-how-long before I started swimming 5 months ago, this is a HUGE milestone in my (slow) journey to fitness!

LOL! Sorry again for the syok sendiri post.

Note: For those who don't know, I guess syok sendiri means being excited over something only oneself can get excited about. Does that make sense? Anyone have a better way to describe the meaning of syok sendiri?

P/S: It's Mother's Day today. Remember to shower your mother with love, hugs, and kisses! And if you're away from home (like me), remember to call her!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

H1N1 Brings Out the...

...kiasiness:


Highlighted: "It's interesting, I think, the parents actually wanted the school to guarantee the safety of the students, which I think we can't. In the end, we explained to the parents and students that we can't let them go."

Source: Channel News Asia

Who can guarantee that sort of things ah? Some people think everything in this world is either 1 or 0. Confirm this, guarantee that.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

St. Francis Convent, Kota Kinabalu

Putting me in SFC was probably the decision my parents made that I am most thankful for. The memories I have from that school, both primary and secondary (mostly secondary... kekeke) were just irreplacable (I know, almost EVERYONE would say the same thing about their own school memories, but life in SFC is really unique in its own way).

Why the sudden sentiment? I was bored, so I went into YouTube and searched for random videos with the keywords "St. Francis Convent". Found a few really nostalgic videos, although they were all uploaded by juniors many years after my time. School choirs, dances, sports day, Bakat Interact, random pictures taken in the school... nostalgic gilaaaaa!!!

Such a long time has passed since those days, and I have so little to remind me of them, especially since my parents moved away from KK and I don't get to go back there regularly anymore. The moving process also got rid of many old belongings related to my school days. The memories are getting more and more vague each day, sometimes I wonder if they really happened, or were they just a dream?

Would I live my school days any differently? No, but I would definitely have taken more pictures (video cameras were just not that widely used yet at the time) and kept the stuff from school, regardless of how useless they have become!

I almost cried watching those YouTube videos...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Labour Day 2009!

I was having a discussion with my colleagues last night on whether we, executive employees, are celebrated on Labour Day, 'cause you know...the word "labour" kinda actually only refers to manual workers. So, I decided to Google the word "labour" to see what the World Wide Web has to say about it. Typically, Wikipedia has some explanations:

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Labour Day or Labor Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.
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The word "workers" was linked. So I clicked on it and this is what I see:

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"Worker" redirects here. For other uses, see Worker (disambiguation).


One of the construction trades, traditionally considered unskilled manual labor (as opposed to skilled labor).
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So, according to Wikipedia, I am not celebrated on Labour Day.

Not satisfied, I checked Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary for the definition of "labour" and I got this:

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Main Entry:
1la·bor           Listen to the pronunciation of 1labor
Pronunciation:
\ˈlā-bər\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Anglo-French labur, from Latin labor; perhaps akin to Latin labare to totter, labi to slip — more at sleep
Date:
14th century
1 a: expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory b (1): human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy (2): the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits c: the physical activities (as dilation of the cervix and contraction of the uterus) involved in giving birth ; also : the period of such labor
2
: an act or process requiring labor : task
3
: a product of labor
4 a
: an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages b (1): workers employed in an establishment (2): workers available for employment c: the organizations or officials representing groups of workers
5
usually Labour : the Labour party of the United Kingdom or of another part of the Commonwealth of Nations

synonyms see work
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The only part of Merriam-Webster's definition of "labour" that I can relate to is "b (1): human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy". So, by deduction, I am celebrated on Labour Day - somewhat.

Ah, what the heck. As long as I get my day off, who cares if Labour Day celebrates me or not, right?

Happy Labour Day 2009, everyone!