Lucky Became Naughtier

[Monday, 20 September, 2010]

I spent some time on blogging. When I was about to go to sleep at 5am, Lucky peed on the floor again. I was so furious that I did not let him into the room to sleep with me for the first time.

I woke up at around 2pm. Finally I made my way down to the UOB bank for they wanted me to replace my UOB mini visa card and I wanted to change my signature to a more complicated one. I realised it was a separated procedure. It was quite a chore for the teller to get my signature changed. It was around 4pm and they had placed the “Closed” signboard at the door.

I concentrated on my new website after that.

Lucky pissed me off badly again by peeing on the floor when he already knew that he had to do it on the newspaper. I brought his cushion out of the room to show my determination of not sleeping with him again. After my brothers and I brought him down for a walk, he peed on the cushion.


Lunch with Kevin Chua

[Monday, 22 March, 2010]

The weekend was too much for me to take and it refused to leave me even at late hours. I had too much grieve that could not be unleashed.

Early in the morning, I woke up with my younger brother to the bank. The queue was long like usual but at least I got to collect a new ATM card.

It was a very weird morning in the office. Somehow, my looks differed from my mood. Faces made me recall all the unhappy past.

I had lunch together with Kevin at Clementi Central at Vibes City. He treated me to claypot rice as I poured out to him all the unpleasant things that had happened.

An old and finished work surfaced out for new amendments.

I walked home with Mei Hoe after work.


Jogged in Injuries and under the Rain

On Saturday, I started the morning earlier than usual. Just as I was enjoying myself in the C&C game, my mum asked me if I wanted to go and visit the doctor. I went alone to the Chinese physician for the first time, having a long queue outside.

After that, I went to the POSBank and was punished by the extremely long and slow queue. When it was my turn, I told the lady I wanted to change my ATM card and she claimed that I had to foot $5 for it. immediately, I asked her to upgrade my card to the “Go!” card and thus, the fee was waived off. I wanted to do it since long ago but I did not have a more complicated signature. On the spot, I had to come out with a new one, which I could have forgotten how I would sign it in future.

Before I went home, I went to find my hairdresser to book a schedule at 5.30pm. I had some naps before I went down to get my hair trimmed neatly again.

In the evening, I went for a jog towards my favourite place under the dark sky. I was probably insane to proceed in my body and the weather’s condition. I dragged on my injured right thigh and ankle, struggling since the start of the trip; the past few days of working-out had almost drained my energy completely. One of the greatest problems was that the Chinese medicine seemed to create stomachache for me to release all the toxic inside my body and I felt so uncomfortable throughout.

It started drizzling when I reached the place where there were many coaches around to fetch tourists. Though I took 31 minutes from Shenton Way to reach there, the sun had almost set off since I started off late. Kite-flying was as usual, together with large groups of people. There was a birthday celebration among a group of people, girls wearing gorgeous dresses and the guys seemed very fortunate. There were families and couples but no lonely soul except me.

The journey back took me even longer, increasing the timing by another three minutes. Luckily, the rain did not pour heavily on me. I was famine on the way but there was nothing much I could do. The jog was a test to my limit and I knew I should continue to push myself in all aspects of life. I could do it.

After reaching home, my mum was the only person around and she started nagging that my brothers and my elder brother’s girlfriend had gone out for dinner despite she had cooked porridge with lots of extra ingredients such as bean curd and mushroom.


Cashier Order and Shop at Vivocity

On Saturday, Gilbert made arrangement to go to Marina South Pier. It was a busy morning for me since I had to rush down to the POSBank to buy cashier order to pay for my school fee.

I received two missed calls from numbers which were not in my contact list. Just as I was locking the door, I received another call again and I realised it was from Meihoe. Mr Ng had invited me out for lunch and I felt too pampered over it.

I arrived at the bank and was so fortunate that there was no queue. I tried to cash in a cheque but the bank teller told me I had to drop it at the box outside. Next, I found out about buying the cashier order and even though she told me I had to pay a five dollar fee, I did not want to waste my trip down. Next, I found out about the maximum purchase using NETS could be adjusted to $3000 per day and the maximum for ATM withdrawal was only $2000.

I went home to place everything back and gave Gilbert a call and he insisted me to put on the new clothes and shoes, and thus, it took me ages to get out of my house. I met him below his office and walked over to Keppel Road to take a bus towards Vivocity instead of Marina South Pier since the sky was getting dark.

We had our lunch at the Food Republic food court and I got myself the usual chicken chop but it was not as yummy as in the past anymore. The shopping trip started and I finally got to buy Gilbert his birthday gift. I also got myself a sleeveless shirt to make my collection four. Nevertheless, the stay at Topman shop was too long and exhausted me.

Gilberto in his new jacket

Me at the corner of the seat. The lighting was quite special.

The sauces

We took a rest at a new restaurant called Barcelos. My focus was on one of the staffs who looked like primary school kid as I remembered in the past, there used to be an age limit for youngsters to work part-time.

It was getting late and we had to call off the plan to the Marina South Pier.

Busy Long Lunch Break

Tuesday’s lunch was at ABC market. I toured the entire hawker centre to find a long queued western food stall. The auntie was in a mess due to the overwhelming business and when I told her I did not know my table number, she was impatiently frustrated. I told her that I could wait there for my food and her distort brain added appended words through her ears and she thought I wanted to cut queue; my little kindness to save up the far trip for her colleague or maybe employee had not only gone into waste, but also put myself in a bad position.

My chicken chop arrived when Jingkun was having his second serving. To my disappointment, the crowds had actually misled me to choose the wrong lunch; and so much for the time spent in waiting, the meat was overcooked and too tough for slicing, let alone chewing.

Weitat drove to Holland Village and I made my first step into the shop called “Cold Rock”. Four-fifty for two scopes of ice-cream was a rare purchase for me but the wastage was good enough to compensate for the possible awkward situation of me watching the rest of them enjoying the dessert; peer pressure – that was.

Next destination was the bank at Clementi. Weitat was trying to apply for credit card so that he could get some privileges during clubbing. I took the chance to get my ATM card replaced but the queue hesitated me until it was near my turn. I was quite embarrassed to make the three of them wait for me. Anyway, the bank teller who served me was a very polite and friendly lady. I rejected her offer to change my normal ATM card into “Go” card. Then, I got her to help me to check whether why my purchase limit was so little and she told me because I had opened the account before I was sixteen years old and then she helped me to reopen another account.

I had an unpleasant afternoon after I got back to work. I brought my stuffs for volleyball since I thought Mingfa was going down, but he was going to see Kok Chiang’s players. After a small meeting which lasted for nearly an hour, I was planning to put aside my work to go down for some exercises but things cropped up. The usual gang of pests made it so difficult for volleyball. Since I had to wait for replies, I decided to continue with my work instead of joining in the fun.

Work, Lunch, Money and Email

[Wednesday, 06 June, 2007]

I got to learn more about computer hardware from my brother and somehow set my eyes on some parts even though I was not sure about them. I slept at 4.30am after updating my sites.

I waked up at 8am and left for work soon. When I checked my email, I was shocked to receive emails from Thomas and Elgin sent the day before when I was on leave. The stupidest thing was that they did not bother to Carbon Copy “CC” to Liza; they could have gotten the tasks done if they followed the normal procedure. I spent lots of time in settling outstanding tasks.

During lunchtime when we were dining at Amara Hotel again, I went to the UOB bank downstairs my house and joined in the long queue. I was glad that a lady approached me to assist me, such that I seemed like going for an express queue. I was so glad that the Visa mini thing was settled.

Cherie, Liza and I went back to join Nisa, Carol and Eugene at Bluemist. It was a restaurant located at the corner of the hotel, nearest to Lippo Centre. I ordered fish and chips as usual but they disappointed me with the ultra crispy (hard) French fries. The ten over bucks could have covered three to four of my lunches. It was a good experience to dine at different restaurants though. We went to Fuji Xerox’s Coffee Bean and some of them bought their drinks but I was not craving for any.

We began with work and throughout the afternoon, there were many craps. In fact, my jokes always seemed more entertaining with my new colleagues than other friends.

I left for home at around 7pm after reading through some old requests in the forum. It was pretty interesting that some of the requests started since two years ago and had dragged till this day.

I finally remembered to withdraw money for my mum and this time, I gave her two hundreds bucks instead of one hundred. I hoped she would realise I was beginning to work already and that she needed not work so hard for the pathetic pay under weird tempered bosses, which I could earn more through my websites. It was a low risk decision since my income was stable for as long as I remained in the company but no one would know what would happen in the next day. There was also another worry that my mum would waste the money. However, when I handed over the money to her, she thanked me, which I felt weird since it was somehow my duty.

While I was checking my emails, I was stunned to read the one sent by NTUC regarding the beach volleyball competition. I was so excited that my earlier submission was actually accepted. However, there was this problem that the person was asking me to send a cheque over and I did not own a cheque book. It would be much simpler if Kaven was free and I would buy the cheque from him.

I was intending to call Ying Ying after my dinner to greet her with this good piece of news and also to ask her to think of a team name. However, I dozed off right after that and only waked up at around 10pm. I finally called her after resting for a while for my giddiness to subside a bit. I had quite a long chat with her over the phone for the first time.

The Worst Bank in Singapore

[Friday, 25 May, 2007]

I got to sleep from 2am to 8am and was satisfied with my performance to sleep early. I continued with some work before setting off to my company.

I was intending to fulfil the client’s request by changing an advertisement banner of the S-League website but somehow there was no changes reflected on the actual site. It was only till an hour later, Sheila dropped by and told me I was only uploading it to the company’s server and not the actual one. That was the IP which she saw in my email and told me to transfer the new file into. It seemed like I had to put in much more effort to really figure out everything.

I continued with transferring of contents from an old website to the developing site and I was getting a better hand of it. However, I was not sure of my speed and the most important thing was to meet the deadline. Liza told me it was okay for I was only a beginner but that did not justify the speed of my work. I had been working so hard, trying to avoid errors and also made extra effort to check the actual day of the week of each article when only the date was provided, such that the entire date format would be really standardised. I did not want to work too slow nor fast, which would cause delay or extra workload.

I took a half day leave in this first week of my new job. I left for home at 1pm and my mum had bought nasi lemak for me. While travelling to Toa Payoh, I almost overshot after dozing off and managed to dash out of the train seconds before the doors closed. I took a seat at the first level of the HDB Hub and was shocked to realise Kelly was already at level two, and was more surprised that she did not give me a call. George and his wife arrived later and somehow, we were delayed.

Rinna called Kelly and I quickly went down to meet her. It was the first time I dealt with non JTC resale flat and I was not sure of the actual procedure; worst still, there was a bank loan and non HDB lawyer involved.

The lawyer, Wendy, had told me hours ago that there was a problem with Maybank issuing the Cashier Order (cheque) and she would call me back to update me. I received no news from her and Rinna asked me to give Wendy a call and since it was my job, I tried it but Wendy was not in the office, placing question marks in my brain.

I was so shocked of these “professionals” – Chris Chong Law Firm and Maybank. I was not sure who was at fault but what we were facing was huge transaction of money and existing big players of this market should never give such crap that the appointment time was ripe but we heard no news from them.

We had to embarrassingly tell the HDB officer that the lawyer was not there yet and also told the sellers to go and have some food. Meanwhile, Rinna pressed me to follow up on Wendy and only at the third call, she was back in office. Yet again, she told me she would get back to me when the bank’s Cashier Order was released.

This time, Rinna told me to call the banker directly and I went to the Maybank branch nearby to seek for Grace’s number and the receptionist refused to give me the number. I had to go back to the HDB officer’s room embarrassingly again to retrieve the bank’s letter of offer to search for Grace’s number. Eventually, I was able to contact her but she told me it was not her problem anymore. She put my line on hold for a couple of minutes before giving me a number to contact someone called Steven Lee. I could not get through his line and after a few minutes, I finally succeeded and he sounded quite polite and offered to help me check about it without shrinking responsibility. Rinna got me to call Wendy back and this time, she was besides me and said loudly that the law firm should have collected the Cashier Order a day before. Wendy was already not in a very polite tone, sounding quite pissed, and upon hearing about this, she raised her voice and claimed that it was Maybank’s practise not to release the Cashier Order a day before the appointment. Since I was new to the line, I was not very sure who was at fault but I was glad that I had done my part, and definitely more than that.

After some time, almost an hour after the actual appointment time, Wendy called me back and told me her runner was collecting the Cashier Order at Maybank’s Ang Mo Kio branch and would take another fifteen more minutes to arrive. Steven Lee called me back soon after and told me it was done and I was too boiled to talk more. After some time, Rinna told me to call the runner, Edmund, and he was already at the car park. We finally went back into the officer’s room and did everything, which ended fast.

By the time we finished everything, I realised it was near 5pm and there was no chance for me to hurry back to the agency to submit the cheque from George and to collect the cheque of 219 Ang Mo Kio – my plan was screwed up by either the law firm or bank, or both of them. it was a rare chance that I could take a half day leave to settle stuffs, which was a great sacrifice since I could have saved the leave to go out with friends and not giving any bad impression to my new company for taking leave on the first week of work. Moreover, the following Monday onwards I had to continue to work and the agency would not wait for me after 6pm. The law firm and bank had given me such big problem that I was unable to go back to the agency to settle my stuffs.

I could not help but feel so pissed off even though I had told myself not to get so fed up over bastards. It was just too ridiculous for them to display such unprofessional service. Apart from me, the sellers had taken time off from his work just to attend the appointment and the delay would give problems for him to return back to work in time. In fact, the HDB officer complained to us about the bank as well for their repeatedly delaying of time. Rinna was asking me to cool down but I was the one facing all the stupid phone calls and obviously she was not as pissed off as me.

If any bank is causing delay of more than an hour, it does reflect and clearly show their capability. They play with investment and each second can pose so much difference to the huge sum of money that their clients have entrusted in them. How can anyone trust them then?

If any bank cannot meet the timing of the appointments, causing more than an hour of delay each time, their license for home loan should be annulled. Why would Singapore’s government want to continue the service of lousy bank which gives problems to the entire country, causing inconvenience and time lost?

Law firm:
– had typo errors on the document on the first meet-up
– failed to push the bank to release Cashier Order on time
– failed to contact me to update me earlier as promised
– played “missing” at crucial time
– failed to present proper tone on phone

– failed to submit documents to law firm
– refused to submit documents to law firm
– did not practise releasing of Cashier Order a day before
– failed to release Cashier Order on actual day
– refused to give contact of banker
– denied responsibility

Kaven finally called me back from overseas but everything was already solved. Rinna told me to apply SP services for Kaven and I left soon after that. Right after getting up the train, I remembered Mingfa wanted to meet me at Toa Payoh at 5pm and I had earlier told him that I could be rushing to the agency. I called him immediately since it was near 5pm and I could have waited for him there but he told me he had cancelled his appointment. Kaven called me again and I accidentally cancelled it. After calling him back, I checked my phone and realised I had exceeded the free talk time for the month; moreover I gave Kaven an overseas call minutes ago.

After reaching home, I dozed off. Backache was terrorising me the entire day. After waking up, I started packing my work area lazily.

Sichun’s Cookie Baking at Mrs Ng’s House

[Monday, 21 May, 2007]

I worked till 3am and gave up for I was nodding badly. I got up at 8am to check email. There was no reply from Iris and my plan to go earlier to the company to sign contract gone with the wind. At around 10.30am, I went over to Lippo Centre but I was told by Kimmy that Iris was on medical leave. She gave a call to Iris and Iris told me to go over to the company on Wednesday to report for work as well as to sign the contract.

I went home and took a panadols before going down to UOB bank to open a saving account. My POSBank account was almost drained after withdrawing the money from there and I had to open my old red packets to top up the money for the new account. There was only a person queuing in front of me but I waited for very long before getting to talk to Miss Foo. I got myself a Visa so that I could purchase stuffs online, mainly for my website invasion.

I had to go back home to put the documents before finding my mum for lunch. Her friend treated us and I felt uncomfortable. After that, we went to NTUC to get Raisim for Sichun and I took train to Clementi instead of bus 196, which I had to walk further but timing was shorter. When I first got into the train, Ricia from MediaCorp called me and asked me down the next day. It was a good opportunity not to be wasted and thus I accepted it, despite I had promised Kailin a week ago that I would be free to go out with her while she was on off. I felt guilty because on the last day of her short holidays, I had to begin my full time job.

Child abuse

The dog

Love Cookies

Petting the dog

Unattentive babysitter


Living happily ever after

After reaching Mrs Ng’s house, I started playing with the dog and my camera. Sichun, Huimin and Pamela were already there. After some time, I dozed off on the sofa when the effect of the panadols started to work on me. Upon waking up, I received bad news from Sichun that the girl who he was making the cookies for did not want to meet him up. I was a greater failure and thus had nothing much to advise him on.

As we left the place, I called Miss Lee to see if I could collect the keys for Ang Mo Kio from her since I could reach JTC Submit within fifteen minutes and I probably would not have the time to do it again for I had to work during weekdays. She told me it was too early to collect since the completion date was still far away.

I took bus 196 home and started working for the rest of the day.

Bank Loan for Kaven

[Monday, 12 March, 2007]

This early morning began with screwing someone over the phone for the spam SMS. Followed by some work, I went to bed late again.

I set four alarms in my phone but I only got up after eleven instead of ten o’clock. Then, I got dressed up and left my house immediately. I was around fifteen minutes earlier from the appointment at Hong Leong Building. I met up with Kaven after noon and Kelly soon arrived. We went to May Bank together to see the banker to settle Kaven’s loan.

After that, Kaven and I went to China Square for lunch. The place was so badly packed and it turned me off. I queued up for the Japanese food but ended up going over to the MacDonald’s, which had no business. After ordering the MacChicken meal, I finally realised why so many people did not take my wrong footsteps. The food tasted lousy and the Mandarin water drinks was diluted.

After reaching home, I had a good chat with some friends online. Into evening, I dozed off for a while and continued with chats. I had Condition Zero game with my elder brother through LANs but soon was interrupted when Kelly called me regarding Kaven’s stuff. Suddenly, my brother stopped playing as well.

My work dragged on once again.