Two Hours of Waiting Time for Dinner

[Wednesday, 17 November, 2010]

Since my younger brother wanted to send Christian and Jiamin off, he suggested bringing Lucky down. He took his waveboard along. It was drizzling and thus he walked them to Chinatown by himself. I held on to the leash while my mum held my brother’s waveboard. After making a few rounds, my mum suggested going over to find my brother. We walked towards Maxwell food centre and finally gave my brother a call. He was actually opposite, at the level two of Sago Lane. We went over and I realised there was this traveller dormitory there. When Jiamin’s younger brother arrived, they gave us a lift home.

After reaching home, I continued with my work on the tuition agency website, and also created a diagram to describe the main flow of the services. Then, I did a round of email advertising before going to bed near 8am.

I woke up at 5pm eventually and had instant noodle as my first meal of the day. I continued with the tuition agency website.

In the late evening, my mum returned home after going out with my elder brother and his girlfriend. She helped my younger brother and I to call for delivery from the Golden Café. More than an hour later when my mum called them again, the lady told us our food was ready but they did not have worker to deliver over. Around forty-five minutes later, my mum called them again to cancel the order. We agreed that the staff taking order should inform us of the long waiting time. While the three of us were going down to look for dinner on our own, a china guy from the Golden Café arrived but we sent him off.

Eventually we went to the “Little Towkay” Coffee Shop between Cantonment Road and Yan Kee Road.

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Movie Exorcism and Mandy’s Stir-up

[Tuesday, 9 November, 2010]

I continued with my tuition website work and spent some time blogging before going to bed at 3.30am.

Since I was earlier, I bought my breakfast first and Terry did not get anything. It was raining and many NSmen who were being deployed to other zones came back for IPPT and thus they made a waste trip. The driver of the base ferry dropped us right at the gate of our zone.

I spent my time more fruitfully by writing for my tuition website. After lunch, however, I was too sleepy that I dozed off a few times. Terry and I made our most worthy contribution by following two contractors to service the fire fighting equipments at a quiet place. I was amazed when the driver alighted to go around the car for there was a sign to instruct passers-by to check their tyre before proceeding ahead. I did not like the place for it was too isolated and there were even snakes around. After going back to office, the contractors had their puffs and they sent us out to the main gate, and therefore we were earlier than the day before.

I worked on the Tuition Fees Budget Calculator for Smart Tuition Singapore. It was great that the codes that I had written on papers worked perfectly. Before I could implement AJAX to it, it was 8pm and I left the house with my younger brother. We took bus to Central and transited to bus 190 towards The Cathay. After buying the tickets for The Exorcism, we walked around the building before his buddy joined us.

The movie was quite boring at first for it was filmed in a point-of-view of the actor style. I almost dozed off at the beginning and my younger brother started explaining what was happening, which I actually knew for my brain was still functioning all along. It was quite funny in some parts, especially when the priest showed his props to perform fake exorcism. The ending was somehow quite uninteresting.

We took bus 167 home. At the point of time we stepped into the house, my elder brother told us my younger brother’s good friend, Mandy, had called our house to ask for help. The three of us went down together with Lucky and met her at the UOB ATM machines. She started explaining to us that there was a fight earlier on when an auntie stalling the cash deposit machine started arguing with her and another stranger, and her ah beng husband came over to display his hooligan-ness. We were amazed by her story. Anyway, we walked her back to the same bus-stop at Cantonment Link, where we alighted earlier.

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Helping Out at the Gym

[Tuesday, 2 November, 2010]

I went to sleep after 2am and woke up at 5.30am.

After meeting up with Terry, we went to the hawker centre to get some food. I bought only a bowl of beancurd for eighty cents. Since I had slept much earlier than usual, I could keep myself more refreshed in the morning. I spent some time writing and planning for Smart Tuition Singapore. I tried the burger from the ninja van but it was awful. I missed the chicken burger from the Stagmont Camp’s ex Specialist Mess uncle.

After the interview, which I was told that I could be granted time off to leave earlier on Thursday for my birthday dinner, I could not hang on for the afternoon as I was deprived of sleep. In the late afternoon, Terry and I hitched a car out of the camp.

After having my dinner, I went to the gym to help out. Since it was getting late, the meeting with Andrew and my team was cancelled. It took an hour to hurt my skin on the finger as they were short of penknives and I had to use brute force to tear the wrapping plastic from the new equipments. I left earlier with Andrew for they had enough people there. I knew I had done my part for my friends despite I was already being frustrated by the lack of time due to the reservist.

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Bathing the Kampong Style

[Saturday, 16 October, 2010]

I started the FIFA Superstars game in Facebook after Guoxin pestered me a few times to play. It began quite a turned off for loading was a problem and there was bug that prevented me from doing anything at the start. After that, I continued working on Facebook. I went to bed after 4am.

Lucky woke me up in the morning and after dozing off a few times, I woke up for my mum’s packet noodle. I was half alive and visited my younger brother at the third storey’s temporary study room at noon. After going home, I took more naps.

The entire family had our dinner at the coffee shop between Cantonment Road and Yan Kit Road. We went to the noodle stall and the male stall owner was irritating me as he tried to sell his food too hard. When I footed the bill, he was showing me how to count the money right in front of me and refused to leave after some time, acting like a moron. I was also right about my anticipation of the drinks. We ordered homemade iced lemon tea and that guy served us four cups of very healthy ones, which were almost tasteless. We went back to get him to add more sugar but it tasted as bland.

We took Lucky for a walk right after finishing dinner. As we unleashed Lucky, he walked away without answering to our call and eventually went to the road. He was lucky enough that there was no car at the entrance of the car park as my younger brother and I noticed that he had no sense of danger at all.

After going home, I caught the television show on channel 8 for a while before my mum came home. My younger brother and I went down to the third storey with her to use the temporary bathroom. There was a moveable one placed at the kitchen but we did not like it for it was too small. Moreover, my mum needed to wash the clothes by hands since she could not use the washing machine, and it was too difficult for her to do it inside the small moveable toilet. We carried our stuffs down and then waited for mum to finish washing the clothes. It was like kampong style in the olden days where every household shared the common bathroom and toilet. It was fun but troublesome.

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Stalking Cameras

[Tuesday, 12 October, 2010]

I soon realised I was embarking on a slow progressing week of my life that I was too lazy to do anything much efficient.

I got to chat with Anthea on webcam in the evening. It was good since most of my friends did not like to use it, and some would even lie that they did not have a webcam. We had trouble connecting through MSN Live and I got her to install Skype instead, knowing that MSN was problematic nowadays.

I went down to join my brothers to play with Lucky soon after they left the house. As usual, we had the scooter and waveboard with us. After sweating out, we decided to go to my mum to get two bucks to get two cups of slurpee from 7-11 store at Icon.

We questioned my mum’s ladyboss about the webcams that her husband had installed all over the shop and even some that were pointing out of the shop to intrude in privacy of others, but she claimed that most of the webcams were spoiled. We felt it was wrong for them to monitor their staffs this way when the wages were paid accordingly to the amount of work done and not that they were paid a fixed amount monthly that they would try to slack around.

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The Weird Last-Minute Wedding Invitation

[Saturday, 2 October, 2010]

Lucky peed on his cushion and blanket and caused frustration in all of us. My mum left him inside the kitchen but I got him into the living room and accompanied him to sleep on the floor. He was, however, hyperactive and refused to go to sleep. My elder brother woke up and started entertaining him a bit before he went back to sleep again. I dozed off for a while and eventually went into the bedroom in the morning when the rest of them were up.

I woke up before noon but lazed around for some time before going down to the gym to meet Bobby. Since he told me that he would be available between 11am and 12pm, I did not take my brunch. He wanted me to help him with photo editing and it was a tedious job at the gym without a proper table. After that, I went down to see the new shop with him and Dan, and it was cool to know that they were expanding it downwards. Bobby wanted to catch a bite before his next training session and he decided to try the Keen on Crepes nearby, which I advised him not to. We had a long wait and I knew I was right about the taste.

After reaching home, I started working on my website and purchased a new domain name. My elder brother went to Vivocity with his girlfriend and I skipped it since I was busy and my mum did not want to go.

I had a frustrating night for my mum was bothering me with stories and Lucky’s poo. I was excited to see the movie “seven swords” on channel 8 but my primary school friend’s mum came over to deliver his wedding invitation card. She came in and sat to talk with my mum and I totally lost track of the great movie’s happening.

I found it so weird that his mum was the one delivering it down personally at late hour and made me write my name on the card for myself. She was also trying to get contacts of the other primary schoolmates. Usually, friends would call or drop a message online to invite before they officially prepare the wedding invitation card and I found it extremely uncomfortable to engage it face to face where I was kind of being forced to go without room for consideration. What bothered me were the time and travelling distance over to Pasir Ris and it was a church wedding. Moreover, I could not do other planning for my Saturday anymore.

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Met the Greedy Witch while Walking the Dog

[Monday, 27 September, 2010]

I slept at 4am and woke up at around noon. The wall’s clock inside the room was lagging by an hour and I thought I had made an achievement of waking up before noon.

I took the afternoon to blog and work on the website. I was too engrossed that I missed my favourite show “Liu Bo Wen” and thus I started searching for it online. The story was based on China’s Ming dynasty when the descendants of the Yuan Empire wanted to overturn the new kingdom to revive their Mongolians’ pride and glory. It was more interesting than the modern days’ detective stories.

At night, my brothers and I went down to walk the dog. My younger brother brought his new Waveboard along. Unfortunately, we met Lulu at the third storey and she talked to my brothers, and asked them to view her two Jack Russell. My younger brother had long forgotten how cunning this lady was as it was some time ago when I told him about how money-minded she could get. They followed her to see the dogs and I went home soon since I did not want to waste my time waiting alone.

It was a weird world where some people could be two-hearted – kind to animals and yet scheming against innocent parties for money.

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Family Day at Sentosa Palawan Beach

[Sunday, 22 August, 2010]

I had a few outdated blog entries and thus I glued myself in front of the laptop until 5am despite having to wake up early. My younger brother woke me up after 9am and I was seeing stars as I got up and packed my stuffs.

We went to aunt’s house together with mum. Then, the four of us went to the Chinese temple to offer incense joss-sticks to our late family members. It was the first time I visited the temple after many years. After that, we went back to aunt’s house to eat and rest for a while before setting off to Harbourfront Centre. Since we were early, my younger brother went to get himself a pair of slippers.

I went to the toilet and Bianhong started calling me to feedback about the work I designed for his girlfriend’s birthday present. The reception was bad and it got cut off before I could make my way into the cubicle, but soon, he called back again. I did not want to tell him where I was since I did not want more causal questions. I hinted to him that I wanted to put down the phone but he was opposite to my usual sweet and short approach of handling things. My elder brother called me and I guessed he had arrived with his girlfriend, but I was too busy to switch over to entertain a second call before I could finish doing my business. After Bianhong put down the second call for nearly six minutes later, I checked my phone to see my younger brother’s SMS that he was waiting outside the toilet for me. A few seconds after I replied him, my mum who was beside him called me directly to deliver the same message. It was a totally bad start of the day.

The four of us went to meet up with the couple at the bus interchange and boarded the bus directly to Sentosa’s Beach Carpark. Since my mum and aunt wanted to collect their membership cards for the Resort World, my elder brother “deposited” his trolley besides the Sentosa membership sign up counter before we boarded the monorail to the Resort World station. It was my virgin visit there but since we were worried about the trolley, we did not walk around and started going back to the Beach station. Luckily, the trolley was still around.

We went to the Palawan beach and it was quiet despite it was already 2pm. The weather was hot and we started setting up the mini tentage. The volleyball was tempting and I missed the days I used to frequent the beach often with my volleyball gang. My younger brother started flying his mini kite bought in Europe and he got his feet blisters soon. After that, we decided to move over nearer to the sea since the breeze was strong over there. While my younger brother went to swim, my brother bought a normal kite on his way to 7-11 but it was a horrible experience. The kite was kind of weird and we could not fly it despite trying all ways to tie it. After wasting lots of time, we left the place in the late afternoon. On our way out, we got to play with some dogs.

We had our early dinner at Seah Lm food centre, which was right in front of the interchange. I took fried prawn mee bought from the extreme end besides the sugarcane drinks stall. I was disgusted at the stall owners for their attitude really sucked to the core just because they had good business to bother much. I was polite to them still, but I knew it was the last time I was going to buy food from them, and they were going to lose more customers soon.

After taking our dinner, my aunt left home by herself since she disliked staying out late. The rest of us went back to the same shop that my younger brother bought his new pair of slippers. My elder brother got himself one pair as well. Then, we went to Daiso but it was crowded and thus only my mum went in to get her candies. We went to the pet shop for a while and met Lionel. Finally, we went home.

It was already near 8am and everyone was exhausted. My mum wanted my elder brother to settle the turtles by the night since she wanted to start packing the kitchen once they were gone and be ready for Tuesday. However, my elder brother suggested doing it the next day, which boiled up my mum’s blood. She was so angry that she forbade us from getting a dog for she knew my elder brother would not take care of his pets for long with all the bad past records. We were all stunned by her stubbornness once again.

My brothers and I went for early supper at the Burger King together, leaving the two women at home since they were not eating. Hence, it was an unusual combination of the supper team. The restaurant was too cold and thus we did not stay for long.

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Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 Beta

[Monday, 19 July, 2010]

I slept at 5am and my mum woke me up at around 8am to run errand with her. After that, I had fishball noodle for breakfast and went to the bed again at around noon.

In the late afternoon, I started figuring out about MSN again. This time, I took a daring try on the Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 Beta version. I realised Microsoft Silverlight was installed without prompting. The new MSN was able to integrate Facebook with all the updates. Somehow I was not used to it and I seemed to have messed up a few of my contacts while using the new merge account function in the live website. It was complicated.

At night, after catching the 7pm show on channel 8, my family and I went down to the Food Loft’s coffee shop for dinner and we tried the seafood stall; it was much better than the one at Chinatown.

The return trip was a unpleasant one for my mum insisted to hurry home to carry some old clothes to the garang guni near the rubbish bin collection point. I helped her since it was heavy and when we reached there, the lady said she did not want to collect anymore clothes.

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Unlucky Day of Rotten Food

[Sunday, 20 June, 2010]

I was pissed off by the Command and Conquer game’s AI. After the game, my brother and his girlfriend went for supper and I chose to sleep earlier since I was lack of sleep. I managed to doze off soon after they returned.

In the afternoon, the three of us went to Maxwell Food Centre for a Thai food stall but it was not opened. We decided on the only chicken rice stall but the half chicken they gave us were full of fats. Usually, I did not mind taking the skin but its fats simply turned me off this time. The meat tasted lousier than normal chicken after scrapping off the fats.

We went to the NTUC supermarket for a while before going home.

Since we took our lunch late, we went for dinner at around 9pm. My mum suggested MacDonald’s at first but she claimed she was joking after we reached somewhere near the NTUC, at the main lobby. She wanted to go to Chinatown but it was already quite late and we went against the idea.

Instead, we went to the coffee shop at Cantonment Road, at the bottom of Yan Kit Road. We ordered three plates of food from the seafood stall and also twenty sticks of satays from the Malay stall. Just as we were wondering why the next empty table had a plate full of uneaten satays and there was only an empty stick on the table, we got to know our answer soon when ours arrived. The satays were actually overdone with burnt parts and they were marinated with weird sauce.

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