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Saturday, 30 September 2006 - NATAS Travel
Fair, Part 1
After a heavy dim sum breakfast with Soo
Kee at Red Star restaurant, we went down to the NATAS Travel Fair
at Singapore Expo. Boy, that place is crowded! But thankfully,
once you're inside the hall, it wasn't as bad as I thought it
would be. Didn't really have to queue to get attended to. Of course
we didn't cut queue.... My wife moves fast, that's all. :)
My parents happened to be at the fair too! We went together for
dinner at Eunos before heading home. With the stack of materials
at hand, I left it to Lydia to work out the itinerary and travel
plans while I "volunteered" to vacuum and mop the house.
Friday, 29 September 2006 - Late Night
Soo Kee came to our place after dinner
and we ate lots of moon cakes and drank lots of tea! We had durian
and normal mooncakes from Goodwood Park Hotel, as well as durian
mooncake from Angie the Choice. Lydia liked the durian moncake
from Angie the Choice. That one feels like you're eating durian!
Today was Lydia's last day in MINDEF. Yes, she has resigned.
Today was also my last day in office.... before I go on my 2 1/2
weeks reservist duty, that is. Which explains why I went for a
haircut at Reds today. I'm glad Ann Ng, my regular hairstylist,
has returned from her maternity leave. She said "ni sou le"
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 - Meet Baby
Look at this adorable baby! He's just
4 months old and Christina & Pat's bundle of joy. :)
Christina is one of two JC girl friends I still keep in contact
with (the other is Cindy). These two girls (ladies?) are both
married and with a kid to show. And Cindy's pregnant now too!
One thing's for sure. My future baby will be too young to play
masa masa with them!
Website easter egg special: Christina was my
wedding MC too. Try moving the
mouse cursor over her picture and see what happens. Any resemblence
to the photo above? :D
Monday, 25 September 2006 - Singapore Idol
If TV Mobile wasn't screening Singapore
Idol, I wouldn't have known that today was the live result screening.
If Lydia haven't told me, I wouldn't have known that the two finalists
are Johnathan Leong and Hady Mirza.
Would I spend 60 cents to SMS my vote for my favorite (now who
would that be?) contestant? Are you crazy?
Am I surprised/disappointed Hady won? No. Frankly, I couldn't
Sunday, 24 September 2006 - Totally Washed
The whole body is aching from yesterday's
wakeboarding! From the neck, to the shoulders, back, butt, legs...
it really is a total body workout! Plus a nice sun tan too! Lydia's
walking around like a pregnant robot. Yup. Try to picture that,
This week was quite a furry of activities (which explains the
lack of posts to the website): From Tuesday's office bowling,
Thursday's dinner & clubbing with office friends and ex-office
friends, Friday's dinner with NTU friends at Ikoi Japanese restaurant
@ Miramar Hotel (beats me why the rave over this place?), Saturday's
wakeboarding, and Sunday's Ah Teck's 1-year-old baby celebration
lunch and evening visit to Ah ma.
Phew! I need a weekday and weekend break! :P
Saturday, 23 September 2006 - Riding the
Waves and Wakeboarding!
I never thought I'd try wakeboarding but
I did! As a committee member of my company's sports and recreational
club, we organised the wakeboarding activity for the first time
and an encouraging 27 people signed up!
Arriving at Marina Country Club at Punggol in the morning at 9am,
the majority were brave first-timers. After a brief dry session,
we broke up into groups of 3-4, and the 8 boats took us out into
the sea. Lydia, Soo Kee and I were in same boat, and Soo Kee had
the honours of being the first, heehee. Oh, it was worrying to
see him crash repeatedly many times and not being able to stand
up. But on the 7th attempt or something, he finally got up and
was wakeboarding! Yeah!!
After 10 minutes or so, it was my turn to take the challenge.
After strapping into the wakeboard, I waded into the waters. I
was really wondering if I could do it or not, seeing how Soo Kee
struggled before he finally got the hang of it.
First attempt: crash (tried to stand too early)
Second attempt: Success!!
Sweeeet! I'm actually wakeboarding! Woohooo! It was really exciting
and thrilling to be able to get up and wakeboard!
Lydia was next and she had a difficult time trying to get out
of the water. When she crashed facing downwards, we had to go
over to flip her over cos the wakeboard was too heavy for her
to flip herself around! But on her final try (15th attempt?),
she managed to get up and lasted about 3 seconds! Yay!!
After 2 hours on the waters, we returned back to shore. It was
really great to see that all of them had enjoyed themselves, even
those who were not able to get out of the waters and wakeboard.
Couple of them are interested to come back again on their own!
Sunday, 17 September 2006 - Europe Honeymoon
We met up with 2 of our favorite couples
from our honeymoon trip in europe, George & Corrine, and Hoe
Lee (aka Holy) & Weiling. Wah, haven't seen Holy and Weiling
since the europe trip in November last year! How time flies!
Today was also to celebrate Corrine's belated birthday. Lunch
was at Jumbo Seafood Gallery at The Riverwalk. Wow, we ordered
alot of food! 2 plates of sri lanka black pepper
and chilli crabs weren't enough and Corrine ordered another plate
of chilli crab! These guys really enjoy their food too!
With the Singapore River conveniently located beside the restaurant,
it's unfortunate no one else was interested in dunking Corrine
into the river... :P
We proceed to SuperBowl at Marina South later for bowling. It
was quite fun playing with them. Managed a score of 152 and 148
over 2 games, before going to the arcade to play games. Wah, too
long never play already. I used to be able to reach the last stage
of Time Crisis 2 with one token. But now only made it to the 2nd
stage. But I think my shooting skills still better than George
and Holy, heehee. :D
While the others were preoccupied with their games, as I walked
along the rows of arcade machines, fond memories of my younger
days start to flash by in my mind. Macross reminded me of the
time Lionel and I would partner and play this game from start
to finish over and over again, while Meiyu sits by and watch.
Metal Slug reminded me of my NTU chillout arcade days with Andrew
where we make a great team playing all the Metal Slug series!
And dinner was durians! Literally! We went to Geylang and ate
$110 worth of durians! 2x D24 $15/kg durians, 1x cat mountain
king $15/kg durian, 3x 3-for-$20 durians, and 1 $5 durian. 7 durians
for 6 people! Yummy! But at the end of it all, suffering from
durian overkill man!
Going out with them makes me think about the fun times we had
in our europe trip: taking photos, sight-seeing, cable-car ride,
cheese fondues... and of course the unforgetable French cuisine
dinner in Paris. It sure was fun!
Saturday, 16 September 2006 - Beh Kia See!
One week after my terrible toe blister,
I'm playing street soccer at 1pm again at the same venue! :P
After surprisingly getting clearance to play from Lydia, we went
down with Soo Kee to St. Wilfrid sports complex. I think it must
have been months since Lydia came down to a soccer game!
With two plasters wrapped round my little toe,
it's play time! Overall, it was quite an enjoyable game, even
though I failed to score. Had two great shots tipped over by the
goalkeeper, and also missing an open goal square pass! Must still
improve my dribbling, ball control and ball movement...
Friday, 15 September 2006 - Unexpected
The initial plan was to go to the nearby
coffeeshop for dinner. And since Soo Kee stayed at the same coffeeshop
block, we gave him a call to join us. But what was supposed to
be a quick dinner ended up with us coming home past 11pm!
First stop was at Pasir Panjang Food Centre, where we had BBQ
stingray, sambal kang kong, satay, chicken wings and fried carrot
cake. The food was not too bad, especially the satay.
After the stall auntie dropped numerous hints for us to move on
(1. Asking us to move tables so that they can have their dinner
at the table closest to their stall. 2) Taking a rest at our table.
3) Asking the cleaner to clear our table.), we headed to Anchor
Point for Haagen Daz to continue our chit chat. It was nice to
chit chat about everything, from work, to soccer, to wives.
And we finally left becos Haagen Daz closed at 11pm!
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 - Day 2 of MC
Today's the 2nd day of my MC due to the
toe injury. It's nice to wake up at 10am on a weekday. :)
With so much time on my hands, that's why you see a morning entry
here, and hear me rumbling about my favorite football club, Blackburn
After 4 games played, they are 2nd. 2nd from the bottom of the
20-team table, that is. 2 draws and 2 losses, with the latest
a draw against Sheffield United (a newly promoted side!). I certainly
hope they improve soon, otherwise the familiar relegation battle
may loom again.
Well, the only consolation is that this is just early season.
And that Arsenal is just 2 places above them
My advice to Arsenal, who have yet to win at home in their new
stadium: Change your field back to the same smaller size as the
Sunday, 10 September 2006 - Happy Birthday
Happy birthday to my brother, Jason! He
just turned 29 and will soon join the 30s club soon, haha! Glad
he liked the tie hanger present we gave him. It certainly beats
our old way of hanging ties from clothes hanger.
Today's the first time I went to church in slippers too! With
a toe hurting like that, it was impossible to slip on my shoes.
No matter how painful, still must go to church mah. :)
Saturday, 9 September 2006 - Football Pain
Under the blistering 1pm sun, I was playing
street soccer with Soo Kee and his friends at St Wilfrid Sports
Complex! The artificial rubberised grass court with mixture of
black granite was oozing heat like a microwave oven! Try standing
still for a few seconds and you can feel the heat conducting through
the shoes and up your legs.
But it was very fun! Half the length of a full soccer field, with
goal posts and court markings.
Unfortunately, my poor little toe couldn't take the heat and battering.
At half time though our 2-hour game, the blister at the top of
my toe was hurting but I decided to still play on. But at full
time, after I took off my shoe, it was a scary sight. The skin
was torn off and the flesh beneath was exposed and utterly raw!
After limping my way home, it was time for some painful experience:
washing the wound, applying the iodine, and getting an earful
from my wife. Hmm.... which one is the worst? Heehee!
Lydia remarked that I had a high tolerance for pain. Well, this
isn't the most painful experience I had encountered. The worst
was getting stung on the foot by some unknown sea creatures in
Sentosa waters. I've got pictures of that too (hey, you have to
take pictures to keep them as memories wat), but let's leave show
and tell for another day! :P
Wednesday, 6 September 2006 - Fallen to
It's all Swee Wai and Soo Kee's fault.
Today was supposed to go for an evening jog at Tiong Bahru Park,
followed by an apple for dinner. Instead, we had a full-blown
feast of fish steamboat, sweet and sour pork, fried chicken wings,
fried buttered prawns and vegetables!!
Dinner was in Jurong at an industrial area food centre with Soo
Kee, Swee Wai, Vernon, Mandy, Pei Sze, Vincent and Steven. We
really ate till our stomach were filled to the brim! Cos the auntie
said that medium portion not enough, must order big...
Monday, 4 September 2006 - Death by Stingray
Steve Irwin, the famous Australian crocodile
hunter, died today after being stung by a stingray while filming
a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef. He was killed when a
poisonous stingray barb punctured his chest.
His death has left a sad feeling in my heart, even though all
I ever knew of him was in Animal Planet. His lively and crazy
nature will always be remembered.
Life is surely unpredictable. Death can come anytime. We can make
all the plans we want for the future, but God alone is the one
who holds the masterplan for our lives. Everything that has happened,
God has a plan and has allowed it to happen, no matter how difficult
it is to comprehend from our own human understanding. But everyday
I pray though, that He will keep all my loved ones safe, healthy
and protect them from harm.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 - Huff and Puff
Oh what a healthy weekend it has been!
Saturday afternoon was playing street soccer with Soo Kee and
friends at the old Republic Poly from 4pm till almost 7.30pm!
I scored 3 goals. :) The first was a total fluke goal that rebounded
off the side wall (it was an intentional cross okay..), evaded
my team and opposition players, took a wicked spin, and spun into
the bottom corner of the goal post. I'll take it whichever way
it went in. It's quite nice to play in a walled-up street soccer
court for a change. It adds a totally different gameplay and strategy
into this wonderful game. :)
While I was huffing and puffing away, my wife was out for high
tea at Marriott Hotel with her NTU friends Anna, Claudia and Hwee
Ming. Followed by shopping at Marina Square. This is a very good
example of why I'm losing weight faster than her. And she's complaining
how come I can lose more weight...
Actually... after the soccer game, Soo Kee and I had 2 bowls of
desserts each at the popular Redhill Mickey Mouse dessert stall!
:P And followed by claypot chicken rice, which I had to finish
a large portion cos he had too much water intake!
And on Sunday, I vacuumed and mopped the whole flat by myself
too. This is supposedly to allow Lydia more time to study for
her exam. Although I'm beginning to notice a pattern whereby she
would be studying while I'm cleaning up the place. But once I'm
done, the TV comes on.... hmmm.
In the evening, we went jogging at Tiong Bahru Park. It was our
first trip there and it's quite a nice place to jog. For Lydia
who has not jog for almost a year, it's not too bad that she managed
to complete approximately 2 rounds.
And dinner was an apple! Must exercise and lose more weight!
Friday, 1 September 2006 - A Super Headache
I seldom get a headache. But lately, it
has just been getting worse and worse. It just keep coming back
with new ones all the time. How???? Cannot take it already!
I mean, there's the Ultimate Collector's Vader's TIE Advanced,
Jabba's Sail Barge, Imperial Star Destroyer, new X-wing Fighter,
Grand Soccer Stadium, Exo-Force's Supernova, City's new Airport...
and a whole lot more of new releases by Lego!
This would make a great centrepiece in my
Any true-blue Lego and soccer fan (like me)
should have one!
How thee, I pray, wilt I resist ye!??
Wednesday, 27 August 2006 - To Serene
To Serene, who posted in the guestbook
at entry 66, the website is done by Joel (me). Thanks for the
compliment! Since you did not leave behind your email address,
today's entry is specially for you.
Well, the truth is, it's been a pretty unhappening weekday so
far. Go to work, go home, go to work, go home. It's nice to be
home early actually and catch up on things that needs to be done
at home. Just that, I haven't had the chance to idle for so long
that it feels kinda strange!
Sunday, 27 August 2006 - Late Nite Partying!
Oh man.. last nite we came home past 4am!
And had to wake up at 8.30am to get ready for church! After some
grocery shopping at Novena Square, came straight home and slept
from 3pm till 6pm. :P
Saturday morning kicked off with a MacRitchie
TreeTop Walk at 8.30am with my parents, organised by my dad's
company. I'm always happy to get some more exercises and be close
to nature. Lydia strangely did not complain about the sun today.
Well, after walking some 45 minutes, a 10 minute walk across the
250m long suspension bridge later, it was time to walk back. Feeling
"cheated", we decided to jog back instead. No sweat!
Dinner was at Esmirada
@ Chijmes, with my office colleagues (Soo Kee, Hayley, Wai
Seng, Vernon, Serin, Chuen Kiat, Lina and ex-colleague Terence).
What?? This cool Mediterranean restaurant do not have live screening
of Sat's EPL matches? It's a pity we didn't choose the restaurants
at the basement too. The soccer atmosphere would have been fantastic!
But nonetheless, the food was pretty good, though a bit cold.
But the fantastic dining experience in the open court area of
Chijmes (and the chit chats of course) certainly makes it memorial
We headed to Bar None later at Marriot Hotel. What? They ordered
2 bottles of Diva Vodka? Top that with a bucket of ice, 7-Up,
lime and cranberry juice as mixers.Vernon and Lina had left earlier
and Wai Seng soon left after a few drinks. I ain't that much of
a vodka fan and had trouble differentiating how potent a mix should
The atmosphere here was definitely a million times better than
at DXO. It was crowded, with a good mix of guys and gals (though
it seems like an older crowd. Suitable for Soo Kee, haha!), a
live band, and people on the dance floor. Well, with two bottles
of vodka to down, finger-guessing game was a sure-fire way to
get everybody drinking, laughing and dancing!
It was quite fun to go clubbing again. Reminds me a little of
the NTU days where Wednesday night means mambo night out at Zouk!
We finally called it a day around 3.30am. Only Lydia did not drink
as she does not enjoy drinking. Knowing that Lydia will be 100%
sober, Soo Kee had right from the started, full of faith (or ignorant?),
entrusted his car to her to drive us back home after clubbing!
Does he know that my dear wife had not driven even once on Singapore
road? The last time she drove in Indonesia was 7 years ago! And
she has never drove an auto car before too!
Soo Kee was definitely too high to drive. I am very likely alert
enough to drive home, but am worried if I'm good enough for an
unfortunate breath-analyser test. I drove the car down the multi-story
car park before handing the keys to Lydia. We briefed her on the
accelerator, brakes, auto gear handling... and uttered a small
prayer to God. Haha, just kidding! She drove not too bad actually.
Was slightly nervous at the beginning, but the short 10 min drive
was otherwise without incident.
Before entering Soo Kee's multi story car park, I took over again
(the turns are too narrow to push her driving skills' luck!).
The moment the car was parked nicely, Soo Kee leaned over the
wall and "watered" the poor plants one floor below.
Me? I'm as sober as a cucumber.
Friday, 25 August 2006 - Eat Till u Drop
Oh, I'm sooo full now after a long buffet
dinner at Kuishinbo at Suntec. Together with Lydia, we had dinner
with my office colleagues (Peter, Masaya, Song Tiu, Xiang Ling,
Ali, Chee Yong & 3 overseas visitors) from 6 plus till the
restaurant closed at 10pm! The food was really fantastic! I took
plates and plates of free flowing salmon sashimi, and a wide variety
of other Japanese food, especially the Kuishinbo half-hour special
of baby lobsters, and superb desserts!
And for $8 more for free flow of Tiger beer, the 3 visitors from
Sweden & USA literally just drank beer for dinner! Each of
them must have consumed like 10 glasses or more?? And they don't
look any teeny bit drunk, flushed or "high"!
Amazing... It was really funny and enjoyable to see these guys
make numerous trips to refill their beer. The offer sounded too
good to be true for these guys and Song Tiu had to reassure them
that it is really true, haha. Well, at an equivalent of 4 Euros
for free flow of beer in their homeland, it is indeed an impossible
But of course the buffet dinner itself cost $40-something +++.
Expensive, but worth it!
Wednesday, 23 August 2006 - Joel vs Boel
Bet you didn't know one of my nickname
was Boel. It began in my secondary school days during a period
of bowling-craze. We were so crazy that there was a week where
we went bowling 4 days out of 5 school weekdays! And we even went
bowling in the morning before sitting for an exam in the afternoon!
The 'J' in my name thus became 'B' (for Bowling).
And yesterday, Boel again played bowling with his office colleagues
this time round, together with Lydia. Having not played for more
than a year, my first game ended at 101. Warming up mah... For
the second game, *ahem* my score was *ahem ahem* 196! :D
Alas, the next game dwindled to 128 (I have a strange problem
in getting used to adjusting my 2nd throw for sparing) . And then
it climbed to 177. For the 5th game, my sparing failed me terribly
again and got a score of 124.
But you know what is worse/historic? For the first time
ever in my bowling history, I lost to Lydia! She scored
a 127 for the final game! My wife, the skinny, feather-weight
gal who throws a pinky 8-pound bowling ball, scored higher than
Oh boy, she sure had a good time teasing me after the last game.
At a score of 121 before her final last throw, she needed to just
knock down 3 pins to equal my score. Deep in my heart, I was worried
she would choke under the pressure and hit the drain. And I was
really happy that she knocked down more than
3. It was her all-time highest score.
Really, no bluff you, I'm happy for her. For the last game, my
hand was hurting, my thumb was hurting... really, no bluff you
Monday, 21 August 2006 - Still Having the
I was supposed to go running (jogging)
with my office colleagues today after work. 10 minutes before
setting off, I got ready to get changed.... and then I realised
that I didn't pack my running attire. D'oh!! I had packed my water
bottle, my towel, my spare T-shirt to change into after workout,
my running shoes. But not my running top and shorts.
So unbelievable, me! How come like that? Maybe it's becos my favourite
Blackburn lost 3-0 to Portsmouth last weekend? Or the ecstasy
of Manchester United 5-1 victory over Fulham? Or hearing Ruth's
6-weeks pregnancy news? Or that silly squabble with my better
half (which 90% of the time will somehow end up as the hubby's
No prize for guessing which one.
"See lah. No one to pack for you.", the birdie voice
called out triumphantly..
Saturday, 19 August 2006 - English Premier
League Kick Off!
More than a month ago, I have already
blocked this date in my calendar. It's the start of the EPL season!
Yay! This means Lydia and I will be jostling for the remote control
come every weekend...
Lunch was at a Korean restaurant at Suntec with our Europe tour
friends, George & Corrine. Corrine said that George is fat.
What?!? If he's fat, then I must be the Mashmallow Man.
Going out with these two is really great. Cos that's the only
time way I could spend some quality time in a toy shop. :D Without
them, I wouldn't have made it to Simply Toys at the far flung
end of Suntec. Thank you, you two!
But really. I must find another chance to visit Simply Toys again.
It has a fantastic range of Lego parts and minifigs! So... anyone
free to go out with us and distract/overpower my wife?
Dinner was a birthday party for my cousin's, Gabriel and Hazel,
at my uncle' place. The condo had a really nice swimming pool
that glimmered with tranquility and calmness against the soft
setting light of the sun, with palm trees swaying in the breeze,
and the BBQ pit and chairs mushroomed nearby. But alas, in front
of a big screen TV upstairs we sat instead, cos there was some
Hong Kong drama serials on TV that Lydia got hooked on (today
first time watching, mind you, and the last episode), together
with my aunt, uncle and mum.
There was a time when she was just as attentive when Manchester
United was playing. That was in the BM period. Before Married.
Thursday, 17 August 2006 - Happy Birthday
to Boo Boo!
Today is Lydia's birthday! Both of us
took leave today to celebrate her birthday! At the stroke of midnight,
I sprang a surprise cake on her: 2 slices of Coffee Bean cheesecakes
with a candle each (one for each of us to eat mah, heehee). She
was very surprised and touched! :)
She huh... on the eve of her birthday, went to check the fridge
to see if there's any birthday cake for her. And when she didn't
see any (I hid it behind our kaya and jam bottles), started asking
me where's her birthday cake, where's my sincerity, started "throwing
tantrums ("I go Tiong Bahru buy a cake for you ok?"
"No! Dun wan already! How could you not buy me a cake?")...
of course I played along with her. And got an undeserved earful
In the morning, we had breakfast at MacDonalds before going for
a morning ride on the DHL Balloon. It was quite fun to be so high
up in the sky!
Returning back to Bugis Junction, a birthday for my wife is never
complete without..... a shopping trip! I think we shopped for
almost 2 hours. Then we headed to Botanical Gardens for a picnic!
Most females I thought would be happy to spend time with their
loved one, in the lush greenery of the garden, with a picnic mat
spread over the grass under a shaddy tree. But noo... my one has
to be special. The sun too hot lah, why walk so far, very warm...
hard to please huh?
Many hours later, it was time to bring her back to her natural
and favourite environment: Raffles City Shopping Mall. Within
minutes of stepping into the cool, air-conditioned shopping mall,
I soon had to whip out my credit card to buy her a pair of birthday
Dinner was at Jumbo
Seafood Restaurant at The Riverwalk. We ordered 1.3kg of black
pepper crab, 1.5kg of chilli crab, 6 buns and a small plate of
Hong Kong noodles (somebody said birthday must have noodles...)!
Wah! What a feast!! The crabs were superb, and the portions were
really huge! Yummy!
Monday, 14 August 2006 - Standard Chartered
10km Marathon Wannabe
What's the best way to lose weight? Go
My colleagues had already form 3 teams to take part in the Standard
Chartered 10km marathon. As much as I would like to force
myself to exercise by signing up, the marathon so coincidentally
falls on Lydia's exam day.
So the next best thing I could do was join them for their training
session. Today was the first one at NUS track and field. Only
SeanMun, Noel and Masaya were there though..
As luck would have it, half the track was covered with wooden
boards and blue canvas! Not to be deterred, I would cover a semi-circle
before turning around. Oh boy, after like 1 year since my last
jog, it was tiring! But thankfully I was determined and completed
my estimated 2.4km. In like... 19 minutes! :P
Hey, it's a start ok? I'm exempted from IPPT one know. Sure can
improve one. Hm, but the question is, distance or timing more
Sunday, 13 August 2006 - Missed Church!
Heehee, we missed church after failing
to wake up (or drag ourselves out of bed) for the 10am service.
Lydia stayed at home to study while I went out with Soo Kee to
Ikea to get some stuffs. Wah! Ikea is totally packed! I chucked
my single item aside in Row 10 after seeing the mad queue at the
Dinner time we picked Lydia up and headed to Redhill hawker centre.
Oooh, the chicken claypot rice (supposedly from Chinatown) was
fantastic! And the bak kut teh too! The famed Mickey Mouse desert
stall was consistently having a long queue and the tao suan and
cheng tung were delicious! Must come here again to eat!
Saturday, 12 August 2006 - Late Night Out
& Fireworks II
After spending the afternoon at my parent's
home (haven't been home for a while, heehee), we headed for the
Esplanade to catch the last fireworks display, this time by Team
France. Even though we were at the Esplanade Bridge around 6pm,
it was crowded! These kiasu Singaporeans! How come also come 3
hours before the fireworks start?! :P
We managed to find a good prime spot. Not by the bridge railing
or the side-walk seats, but by the railings separating us from
the cars zooming by behind! It offers the best unobstructed view,
but required some close contact with the bushes, heehee.
Hey! Saw Mandy and Hayley walking by! Called out to them and they
squeezed their way up to the railings too! What an amazing coincidence
cos we'll be meeting with Soo Kee and Hayley later for a nite
And the fireworks finally started at 9pm! It was spectacular!
What made it even better was the music that choreographed the
whole fireworks display could be heard from the base station at
The Merlion. It was really beautiful to be able to see the low
fireworks as well as the high ones!
The whole thing was over in 10 minutes and it began a mad rush
to the MRT station and home (Hayley came back with us too) to
change out and meet Soo Kee and Terence at 10 plus. We went to
DXO at the Esplanade, with a cover charge of $18 with 2 free drinks
included. But surprise, surprise! The club is very deserted! Nobody
on the dance floor, few people here and there only. In the end,
we just chit chat and drank by a cosy corner on the 2nd floor.
You know what they say about not drinking on an empty stomach?
It's one hell of a truth! With only two slices of kaya-butter
bread for dinner, 1 bourbon coke & 2 vodka ribena later, my
heart was beating really fast and my stomach was feeling really
strange. Didn't really have much of an appetite at Lau Pa Sat
where we had satay and teh tarik. Was worried that I was going
to throw up.
But fortunately I didn't! By the time we reached home and bathed,
it was close to 4am!
Friday, 11 August 2006 - Fireworks by the
After an evening session of street soccer
with Kian Pang and his office colleagues at the roof top of a
car park in Beo Crescent (there really is a street soccer court
up there, though a bit tattered and old), we met up with Soo Kee
for dinner. As the timing was approaching the 9pm fireworks, we
decided to cruise by in his car to see the fireworks along Benjamin
Unfortunately there were police cars along the expressway and
bridge to deter people from stopping or slowing down. But timing
his run properly, he made a U-turn at Fort Road (with a dozen
cars having the same idea too!) and the fireworks started as we
were approaching! Inching his way from 1st lane, to 2nd lane,
to 3rd lane, to 2nd lane (trying to get into the slowest lane
possible, haha!) we had a magnificient close-up view of the fireworks!
So close and it just filled the whole night sky!
Dinner was at Newton Circus and it's quite a nice place to eat
and enjoy outdoor dining. We had hokkien mee, satay, chai tao
kuay, BBQ chicken wings and BBQ sambal stingray. Yummy!
All my street soccer exercise today gone lah. :)
Thursday, 10 August 2006 - New Mistress
in The House!
Ladies and gentlemen .... on this joyous
day.... I've got a new computer!! Woohoo!! Check it out man!
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz 2MB cache processor
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 LGA775 motherboard
Kingston 2GB (2x 1GB) DDR2 667MHz CL5 RAM
Gigabyte GeForce 7300GT 256MB DDR2 graphics card
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA-II 16MB cache harddisk
Samsung SH-S182D 18x DVD+/- Double layer DVD writer
Altec Lansing ATP3 2.1 speaker
Cooler Master Centurion 5 casing
HEC 480W dual fan power supply unit
Had gone down with Lydia to Sim Lim Square and got all the items
(except graphics card from Bell) from Video-Pro. The staff who
attended to us was really friendly, attentive and patient. Had
spent the last 3 days researching on the cheapest shop for each
item! Though they were not the cheapest for all the items, it
was the lowest overall cost, and also with a small discount thrown
in, plus free assembly.
Was tempted to assemble the PC myself actually so as to admire
the new technology components and cables and to have a deeper
understanding and appreciation of the whole system. But after
thinking about the convenience, decided to let them do it. Nevermind,
I can always admire the internal components through my casing
side-window panel! :P Can't wait to have it up and running and
run benchmark tests to compare my current system with the new
Wednesday, 9 August 2006 - Happy National
Happy 41st birthday Singapore!
've always made it a point to watch the National Day Parade. Some
people take this holiday opportunity to go abroad but for myself,
I prefer to be home in Singapore, on its independence day. On
this special day, nothing beats watching the parade and hearing/singing
the old Singapore songs, National Anthem and the Singapore pledge!
And of course the fireworks and the fly-bys. It was the first
time the Apache helicopters were flying. While I liked the Apaches
for their awesome firepower and strength, Lydia likes them cos
they sounded like her favourite fruit, ah ta chee! D'oh!
Oh, yesterday's fireworks festival display at Marina by Team Singapore
was wonderful too! Was there with Andrew and San San at the grand
steps of Marina Square facing Marina South and it was packed like
sardines! Must try to catch the next fireworks display on Friday
Sunday, 6 August 2006 - Free Hokkien Lesson
Sah puay puay! Sah puay puay!
Si puay puay! Si puay puay! Si puay puay chit siah!
Lak puay puay! Lak puay puay!
Lak puay puay chit siah! Lak puay puay neng siah! Lak puay puay
Oh, what a perfect opportunity for Lydia to learn and improve
her Hokkien numbers. In the comfort of our home, all the "Neng
pah, sah pah, si pah" were belted out across the whole neighbourhood.
Ah.. the familiar hungry ghost festival auction is here again,
conveniently at our car park below even.
Tested Lydia on her Hokkien knowledge and she's not too bad!
Looks like lak puay puay (688) is a popular number!
Friday, 4 August 2006 - Split Up
No, doodoo, no one has split up. I have
only just split up the entries in this section. Cos having entries
dated all the way from 12 July 2005 in a single page is a bit
massive, a tad slower to download, and most critical of all....
it was slowing my Dreamweaver 8 web application to a crawl. :P
The minus point is that the internet search engines will probably
take a while to update the content movement of these webpages.
So to all new visitors who chanced upon this website while searching
for something which was briefly mentioned in my entries, try the
archives links if it ain't here. Just press Ctrl+F in your IE
browser to launch "Find" to do a text search.
Here's the last 10 search engine queries today that had brought
visitors to this site:
1) one day jb shopping tour
2) latest hair style for man in singapore
3) malacca food
4) THe cage and soccer
5) doctor valentine low website
6) soccer phone jerseys in potato chips
7) nice pose for wedding?
8) wedding anniversary gift
9) cage futsal
10) girl goes blind miao
Thankfully you guys ended up here while searching for decent stuffs!
Thursday, 3 August 2006 - The Cubicle Song
This song is to all office workers out
there, especially the cubicled ones. Click on the player below
to hear the mp3 clip (1.9MB) in your media player. Lyrics supplied
below. Now be a sport, and sing along to the tune of "You're
Beautiful" by James Blunt. :D
My job is stupid,
My day's a bore,
Inside this office,
From 8 to 4.
Nothing ever happens,
My life is pretty blank,
Pretending that I am working,
Pray I don't get canned.
My cubicle, my cubicle,
It's 1 of 62,
It's my small space,
In a crowded place,
Just a six by six board booth,
And I hate it, that's the truth.
When I give a sigh,
As the boss walks by,
No one ever talks to me,
Or looks me in the eye,
And I really should work,
But instead I just sit here,
And surf the internet.
And my cubicle, my cubicle,
It doesn't have a view,
It's my small space,
In a crowded place,
I sit inside there too,
And sometimes I sit here nude.
Tuesday, 1 August 2006 - "Do you want
to go to Sim Lim Square?", she said
I thought my ears had heard wrongly when
a female voice in the house said those words yesterday. My wife,
my Lydia, who would drag me away from the window display of a
computer shop should I stop and linger longer than you could say
"window-shop only wat..", did she actually said that??
She saw my puzzled look and repeated the same magical sentence
again. She needed to get a financial calculator and her friend
had told that she had gotten it from Sim Lim Square. I literally
burst out laughing.
Folks, this proves that miracles and blue moons do happen, and
every once in a while, wives will send their husbands to computer
Keeping my fingers crossed that she will soon ask me to go buy
more Lego. :D
29 July 2006 - Road Trip to Malacca!
It has been ages since we drove up to
Malacca. More than 6 years ago, in fact! This time round, we went
up with my parents and Auntie Lian in my dad's Hyundai Accent.
By 7am we cleared Singapore customs (to save on the weekend car
coupon, heehee!), had breakfast at Taman Sri Terbau and begun
the long journey north to Malacca, about 260km away.
My dad drove the early leg of the journey up and we arrived about
11plus. Lunch was at the famous Malacca chicken rice ball stall.
Nice and yummy! The rice is rather unique and quite a novelty.
The taste is probably inferior to the better chicken rice ones
in Singapore, but it's like a must-eat/do thing here when in Malacca!
Next stop is another must-eat thing! Ice chendol with gula malacca.
Simply heavenly! Malacca surely does have the best gula malacca.
After some sight-seeing around Malacca, we left about 3plus and
headed to A'Formosa to take a look at the resort and condos, before
heading back to Johor Bahru. But this time back, I was
the driver. Leaving the Malacca toll booth at 4.09pm, we arrived
in Johor Bahru just before 6pm! Less than 2 hours, non-stop, reaching
a maximum speed of 145km/hr! :P I dunno why but I just like long-distance
driving and don't feel sleepy all.
Photo taken in December 1999. Heehee!
Photo taken on 29 July 2006
Dinner was at Taman Sri Terbau again, this time for BBQ sambal
seafood. We had BBQ sambal stingray, butter-fried crayfish, sambal
kangkong, sambal sotong, and large glasses of sugarcane juice!
Fantastic and only RM99 for the seafood! Auntie Lian really enjoyed
the crayfish, exclaiming that it taste much better than the way
it is cooked in Australia. Really glad she liked the food and
her Malaysia trip today. :)
Hmm, this is becoming like a food
Friday, 28 July 2006 - Crystal Jade @ Suntec
Auntie Lian's craving for salted fish
fried rice was finally fulfilled when we brought her to Crystal
Jade Kitchen at Suntec for dinner. She even wanted the whole plate
for herself! Back in Australia, western food is usually all she
have. Boy, you should have seen her eat in Padang!
Have also added some photos below to make you drool!
Thursday, 27 July 2006 - Back in Singapore
We're back from Padang! Tuesday night
During the 6 days there, we just ate and ate and enjoyed ourselves!
Hair spa, foot reflexology (I went twice!), body massage.. each
costing a fraction of what it will be in Singapore. And the food
was simply excellent. Our breakfast, lunch and dinner consist
of authentic Padang food like: nasi ramas, pisang saleh, nasi
kapau, sate mak syukur, sate kacang mak codet, ice durian, lontong,
curry fish head, durians, nasi tueh, soto garuda, ikan bakar...
Padang's ice durian. Look at that layer of
creamy durian topping!
Ikan bakar, Ruth's favorite dish (BBQ fish
with lots of chilli)
Soto garuda (fried beef, potato & vermicelli
soup with rice)
Wednesday, 19 July 2006 - Food Paradise
Lydia's auntie from Australia arrived
in Singapore yesterday. She said I've slimmed down. :D
Anyway, we're all going to Padang (Indonesia) soon and that place
is a food paradise! The splendid spread of nasi padang dishes,
the road side superb curry fish head, Lydia's dad chill crabs....
Die lah. Sure gain weight after the trip one!
Monday, 17 July 2006 - Futsal Competition
@ The Cage
Yesterday was one enjoyable soccer Sunday!
My company organised the first Futsal competition at The Cage,
with six teams (5 players, 1 reserve) taking part. Located at
Kallang, The Cage is a very nice artificial turf futsal indoor
court, converted from a disused warehouse.
My team consists of Soo Kee, Vernon, Chuen Kiat, Hong and Ban
Keong. We topped the group round by winning the first two games,
with me scoring two goals in the first game. The first goal was
a nicely connected first-time shot through the legs of the goalkeeper
after a square pass by Soo Kee. The second goal was a fluke goal
actually, hehheh. I meant to cross the ball to Soo Kee at the
far left post but it went off my right foot and smack into the
top right corner instead!
The semi-final was against the factory Indian team. Trailing twice
in normal time, we managed to equalise twice and took the game
into extra-time. Unfortunately from a free-kick against us, we
conceded the golden-goal. Was disappointed initially, but it soon
gave way to a general good feeling of having played well and thoroughly
enjoying the competition very much! "Old men" like Jeffrey
Tay can actually play! I'm amazed by their stamina! It was already
very exhausting for "young men" like me!
The Indian team eventually won the competition 4-3. So it ain't
that bad to console outselves that we lost to the eventual champions
huh! Definitely looking forward to more futsal games with my office
Saturday, 15 July 2006 - Beat the 20% Metro
The Metro 20% discount storewide sale
is back again! An excellent opportunity to stock up on my SKII
(yes, I use SKII. Lydia says it suits thick-skin people. Bleah)
and Lydia's Lancome products. Previously we used to go down on
weekday after work and the cashier queue would be madness! It
was common to queue 1 hour just to pay for the items.
But today we went to Metro Paragon at 10am just when it opens.
There were fewer people and queued only 10 minutes to pay for
the items. We were done in 30 minutes! Simply fantastic!
Today, we discovered a new route to Orchard from our Bukit Merah
home too. Previously taxi was the only direct way, but with the
recent taxi price hike, I'm boycotting taxi as long as I can.
But now, all it takes is a 5 minute walk to Lower Delta Road,
and bus 65 and 14 will take us to Orchard Road in 10 minutes!
Wow! I love my new home! Of course, there's a worry that Lydia
will probably make more frequent trips to Orchard Road now, but
let's enjoy the discovery moment while it lasts!
Friday, 14 July 2006 - Thank God It's Friday!
This is one week where I am glad it has
ended and looking forward to a weekend recharge! I overslept twice
this week. Maybe it is the alarm clock, but strangely, during
the entire 1-month World Cup, not once did I overslept.
Monday went out for Carol's farewell dinner.
Tuesday had street soccer practice with my office colleagues.
Wednesday attended a special Lucasfilm showcase event at Cathay
Cineplex. It was awesome!
Thursday was on half day leave zipping around the whole of Singapore
And Friday, today, where I can finally sit down in front of the
computer and type this and eat an apple.
Added 20 new photos to Wedding Studio Photo Shoot (Behind The
Scene). Click here
to check them out.
Monday, 10 July 2006 (Day 32) - Italy:
World Cup 2006 Winner!
With one swift head-butt, zilly Zidane
straight red led to France's downfall as Italy prevailed in the
penalty shoot out! What a dramatic ending to World Cup 2006! I
would say Italy are worthy winners. Only 2 goals conceded in the
tournament: 1 own goal, 1 penalty.
What have I learnt about this World Cup as it comes to an end?
1) Sleeplessness is not a problem for me
2) The Golden Boot winner is rarely the World Cup winner
3) The dishy-cardy referees finally stopped their absurb behaviours
after the Quarter Finals as otherwise nobody but the reserves
will be available for the Final
4) England should set up a penalty-taking boot camp in Italy,
who scored all 5 of their penalties!
5) Soccer betting is certainly not for me, as the following statistics
World Cup Predictions:
Correct result prediction: 37 (of 64)
Correct score prediction: 4
Coincidentally, it was Carol's last day in the office too. Together
with Lydia, May and Michael, we had a farewell dinner for her
at Kuriya Fish Market, Great World City. Oh boy, there was so
much laughter and amusement that my cheeks are totally aching!
Especially Carol's "fish malfunction"! That totally
takes the cake, heehee!
We then went to TCC for desserts and started becoming trigger-happy
with our phone cameras. Below photo is courtesy of my o2 Atom's
2 Megapixel flash camera. With Photoshop touch-up of course. :P
We will miss you Carol. Stay in touch!
Saturday, 8 July 2006 (Day 30) - Blame
It on the Sun
Today, I had one of the worst soccer games
ever. Couldn't run, couldn't move fast, was totally drained. The
excuse: the darn scorching sun sapped all the energy out of me!
Our side was playing facing the setting sun and I just couldn't
summon any energy or inspiration to up my game. Disappointing
Lydia met up with her best friend from Padang, Yulia. She came
over to our flat also to look at the wedding photos. After spending
so much, must show people mah. :P Oh, she's single and available
too! :) Who among my guy friends can we "match-make"
her to? :D
Predictions (end of extra time, if draw at full time):
Germany vs Portugal: 3-2
Italy vs France: 0-1
Predictions so far:
Correct result prediction: 36 (of 62)
Correct score prediction: 4
Wednesday, 5 July 2006 (Day 27) - The Italian
The Italians have did it again! Against
Australia, they scored a penalty dead into injury time. And now
they scored with less than 2 minutes remaining in the extra time
against Germany! Those lucky jokers! Hey, I think they can win
the World Cup!
But I was down with a headache for the rest of the day after sleeping
only 2 hours each before and after the match. Amazingly, I did
not fall asleep during my Microsoft Sharepoint course! I'm amazed
by myself! :P
Ann, my regular hairstylist at Reds is on maternity leave till
September. I had my first 10-min, no frills $10 haircut today.
At EC-House at Ikea. Verdict? No photos, no autographs, no comments
Tuesday, 4 July 2006 (Day 26) - Durian Feast!
Oh my goodness... we're soooo full now.
But it's so yummy!
We had durians for dinner! Lydia simply couldn't resist the D101
"Red" durians selling at the Tiong Bahru pasa malam
and we bought 2 for $32 ($8/kg)!! But it was really fantastic!
The flesh was a bit too soft but the taste was simply heavenly!
We finished them all in one seating. 20 seeds we counted! :P
Tonight's the World Cup semi-final, but the excitement in me has
simmered down. Cos my favorite team is out! Who do I hope to win
or lose? It doesn't really matter much to me. Each one has the
chance to win it. But if I have to choose my favorites, they would
be: Portugal, France, Italy and with Germany last.
Predictions (end of extra time, if draw at full time):
Germany vs Italy: 1-2
Portugal vs France: 1-0
Predictions so far:
Correct result prediction: 35 (of 60)
Correct score prediction: 4
Sunday, 2 July 2006 (Day 24) - The End
of the Dream
My World Cup dream is over... England
lost to Portugal yesterday. A combination of a red card for Wayne
"zero-goals" Rooney, a misfiring Frank "Chelsea's
free scoring goal-getter" Lampard, plus the only consistency
that England have in all competitions: Losing in penalty-shootouts.
Five-time losers in 16 years. The fans should have sung, "God
saved England" instead. Sigh.
Saturday, 1 July 2006 (Day 23) - The Morning After
After 2 days of no live World Cup matches,
it all kicks in again yesterday! We went to catch the Germany
vs Argentina match at a pub (The Village?) at Pasir Panjang with
Soo Kee, Vernon, Hong, Vincent, Steven and his gal friend. Wow,
these guys really drink a lot of Heineken beer! I lost count of
how many jugs we ordered! I don't really like beer and prefer
hard liquor, but gamely drank along with them.
Argentina lost in the penalty shootout! I was supporting them
to win. It's a pity cos right up till the goalkeeper got injured,
they were in control of the game.
It was almost 3am by the time we got back, bathed and got ready
to sleep. And we woke up at 11.30am! What a good sleep-in! Can't
wait for tonight's England vs Portugal game! England! England!!
Predictions (end of extra time, if draw at full time):
England vs Portugal: 2-1
Brazil vs France: 3-2
Germany vs Italy: 1-2
Predictions so far:
Correct result prediction: 35 (of 58)
Correct score prediction: 4