Thursday, September 14, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
we reached the most Southern city of America Continent. It gave us much memories and the first to come in our mind during that time was the friends we made and had great time there.
Sam and I are proud of them and few other Singaporean Bikers that set off on trips that they ever dream about; achieving their fire in the heart for so many years. Good job!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
What wrong did we do?
Monday, December 14, 2015
The giver will say: I know it is going to expire but don't waste, give to these people they will be happy one. in their country they don't have this.
The receiver will say: Thank you so much, you are so generous.
The giver's heart says: You see? don't waste food. If I give this to other people, they will not appreciate. I give to these people and they treasure it.
My heart says:
- There shouldn't be the case of food wastage if inventory and logistic management are properly planned.
- Giving away the expired food to innocent people will make the giver less guilty; reducing their guilt of poor management and food wastage, and able to answer to their boss.
- this is unethical!
This goes the same when Singapore calls for humanitarian aids from the public, asking for food and clothings to assist other country that struck with natural disaster, then the public will make use of this chance to 'give away' their unwanted clothes.
Food for Thoughts?
Saturday, June 13, 2015
I joined the band because Mr Lee, then the principal, told us that there will be a very beautiful music room and can play under the nice weather. My friends told me that band always got alot of practice and can skip class for practice. Being a 13 years old, I am lured to it.
Practice and practice and practice... Actually I don't know practice for what! The only chance is to wear nice uniform and perform during speech day,now known as the archiver's day. I remembered performing at the old Queenstown 'ta zhong' shopping, at the hdb void deck, at a fun fair in a open space in clementi. What is more exciting is the Singapore youth festival in secondary 2 and national day Parade in the national stadium in sec 4. This is the only motivation. Seldom, I hear cries and applause of being 'needed' as a group performer.
I love attending band practice because I can meet friends for non academic activities. Also I can be close to my puppy love... Heee.... It also taught me team work and responsibilities.
What I witnessed yesterday was a mind crash. It was absolutely entertaining. No wonder Tanglin has built a number of professional performers, now in TCS. They are able to express their talent. This is somehow what academic cannot justify....by the numbers of applause? You know what I mean if you are a performer.
End of this big show, something really touched my heart is when different group of performing arts presented their certificate of achievement from the National standard to the principal. What they have achieved, they give it to the principal. I feel so proud at that point and must say that the principal also felt honored for what her students did, for the school, Tanglin secondary school.
We also got a chance to meet ex teachers. Remembered Mr Singh? Come on, only one Mr Singh. Teaching lower secondary. I took his literature class (boring) and didn't really pass the subject. At that time, he had a big turban and big beard. Yesterday, he had the same. We chatted a little and I have to guess his age. Actually, he looked the same with hi turban and beard and the sturn look with the perfect English accent. Literature is one of the lesson that I will find way to smoke out and avoid eye contact when he asked questions. He is now 78 and super fit.
I saw Mr Goh, teaching me physics. His famous quote is :eany questions?! (with an accent). Slim and fair with high forehead, still looking fit.
Mr See It Kee was my form teacher. To many of us, he was a steady person. I met him a few times in private functions and he is enjoying his retirement with the grand children.
Miss Leong, Mr Chan (don't have to mention his nick name), Mr Tan Puay Eng is still serving Tanglin. They are the ones that really go all the way and we must go back and say thank you to them.
Tanglin... It remains... The school grey is always on my heart, where I grew up with and had a great time in my life.
From the above, you will know how much I scored for my GCE O'Levels.
Don't say Bo jio for that night... Next year must come ahh!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Teddy wants to be hanging with other toys and says: look, I attract more attention than the locals.
Teddy wants a photo opportunity. She has not seen a Japanese deer in Nara. At the same time, she is afraid that the dear will bite her off.
Teddy says: don't worry. someone will buy food for them. they will not eat grass again.
Nagoya castle with Teddy. shhhhh, Teddy did not tell you that inside the castle there is a lift and it is like a modern building.
Teddy loves being in the photo. She wants to boast to her friend that she has been here and there. after the photo, she immediately goes back into the ziplock bag, afraid of getting dirty and insisted to be inside our bag. she is afraid that we lost her.
Teddy wants to take photo with the group of students that are visiting Daikaku-ji Temple in Kyoto, but shy. too many of them as it was a Saturday morning.
At least, she can take pictures with little animals of the same size.
Teddy tells me: its clean here. Although there is not much rubbish bin, but the people don't litter.
but you see, Teddy is afraid of dirt. that is why she is sitting on a piece of paper.
At Tenryu-ji Temple, the garden is worth a 30 minutes walk. Teddy sits on this pole for a photo shoot but falls because of the wind. it took quite an effort for us to take this photo.
Gravels can represent waves.
Instead of saying 'cheese', now we say: 'Asahi'!
Teddy wanted to try the free beer after visiting the Asahi beer factory at Suita, very near Osaka. Reservation needed for being polite. She didn't want to listen to the beer making procedure and the history because camera was not allowed. She only wants to tell her friend that she has been here, did it and tick on her check list.
Maybe glass is too small and she can't reach the beer.
At last she found a Japanese friend of the same size. Japanese Whiskey is world famous.
So Teddy, where have you been?
Sunday, April 19, 2015
what is even more interesting is this small little local eatery off the street, someone foot my bill!
My sense just directed me into this place.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
I am going to migrate.
Today when I met up with a friend, he shared with me about how upset he is when he didn't get some documentation completed for the migration process. I shared with him my experience in that country that he intend to lived in, especially being a new migrant and carries a 2nd class citizen in the new country, not on paper but on the face.
His dad, came to join in the conversation. very soon, he showed his frustration about being in Singapore. He felt betrayed, he felt cheated. After being a honest and hard working blue coller owner of a small enterprise of 30 years, this is his final straw. He told me how the current policies had affected his life and how this country, my country, our country had been managed from his point of view.
I kept quiet, holding both hands together and looked on the floor when he talked about it. I did not dare to look at his eyes but i can feel his frustration. I feel so ashamed not able to let him feel that this is his home, my home and our home.
I am very sad.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time wasn't alone when I met 3 senior residents, in their early 50s and they chat about heroic deeds.
My conversation with one of them started about the 3 funerals in our estate and Mr S, shared with me about his sad story regarding one of his personal friend.
His friend in late 40s committed suicide by jumping off.
Owe debt of $40k due to gambling.
Why gamble? Because he wanted to get quick money to pay off daughter's university fee of more than $10000.00.
Mr S shared with me that they are a group of friends that are always willing to help one another. If his friend would come and talk to them about this issue, they would surely helped him out with this sum of money.
During the funeral, Mr S arranged about 40 of his friends to contribute $50 every month until she graduate. That exclude personal contribution to the funeral (white gold). This money is able to help the daughter to pay off the university fee and living allowance until she graduate.
I am so touched about these people, they are in their late 40s and early 50s, willingly reaching out to personal friends when in need.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I feel very bad that we are not able to attract them to stay back.
Have we not done enough?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
While I get to the car park this morning, i saw the tree work contractor getting ready to do some work. The manager whom i know from that contracting company talked to me. I was so happy that he had just certified as an arborist by ISA because it shows that he will be equipped with the basic tree knowledge. So I used my green laser printer to tell show him a topped branch and asked him to remind the foreign worker that is holding the chainsaw not to do such work. He replied : aiya, as long as no public complaints, the management is happy, our job is done.
We talked further about his other sites.
He was mentioning that he had suggested to do crowning and pollarding on one of the street trees. I further asked him to elaborate about the 2 methods mentioned.
Such methods are terribly not recognised and prohibited as a tree practitioner, especially when one is an ISA Certified Arborist. The idea of topping wasn't even drilled into him.
I am very disappointed with what the ISA Certified Arborist program that was conducted by the training branch of a government agency.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! That was what I heard from the crowd when I’m pushing my best for the