Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Why You So Stupid!

That's what I feel like telling boss number 2. He who can't even print something from the network drive himself and use email in an intelligent manner. He thinks he's the king living in the palace with 1000 palace girls to serve him and run errands for him. Then he nearly made me faint this morning when he tells me this component ABC of an e-ABC system is just "data transfer" because they already have the equipment. OMG.

Wake up your idea and pull up your socks.
You are lucky you still have a job.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Culinary Wizard

Chanced upon this website. Food reviews by someone from the industry. It has got to have some standard right?

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My Working Style

Just did the working style quiz and this is what I found. There must be something wrong :P

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

What "Toning" Really Means...

I cannot but feel like an idiot each time I try to convince someone about these facts. However, this article clearly nicely sums it up. *wink* I especially like the protein one.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Got Hand, Got Leg, Got Toilet Paper

I just accomplished 2 days of :nothing: in a small, tiny, enclosed space without windows at 18 degrees celcius. Frustration, disgusted and reminded of the lousy things people do. Despite 2 days of :nothing:, I actually feel happier because I do not have to see the faces of disrespect. So its actually quite :something:

I remind myself, I got hands, I got legs and recently, I remembered that I got toilet paper. Surely I don't die? Of cos I won't die. I figured out my worst scenario, and it doesn't sound very scary. Of cos I won't die.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sesame & Almond Paste

Right, another pastey dessert again. I was at Beauty World this time and finally got to eat the soft boiled eggs and bread I've been craving for so long now, for lunch. Tucked in a little corner stands a shop selling quaint desserts like fungus and papaya soup, pumpkin/yam paste and other interesting desserts. They sell pastes too! Right, naturally, my first question was, any 花生湖? No, was the answer (See, I told you!). I finally settled for Almond + Sesame Paste. Nice, also smooth but felt the texture of the peanut paste I had just a night ago was better and more fragrant. I could taste the starch in this one.

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Egg Custard

I finally got to make my own chawanmushi. You know, chawanmushi with wasabi tastes good. Some people say its simply weird combi. But I like it. So, who cares. The steamer was bought because of the furball I have at home. But for the first time in my life, I never felt the steamer I had at home was more useful than it looks.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Peanut Paste, My favourite!

I chanced upon 美香园甜品 in Hougang Mall by accident and the mini queue caught my eye. On second look, my favourite 花生湖! Well, besides trying brownies everywhere, this is something else I try everywhere. Enough taste, silky, smooth, not overpowering and not starchy. Going for $2.50 a bowl. I like it so much, so $2.50 wouldn't be unreasonable given that, its really not easy finding this delicacy locally. Right, did you know 花生湖 is really not easy to find. These shops can be selling every 湖 there is except 花生湖. Don't believe, try looking. Their mango and pomelo dessert going for $3.50 seems to be enjoying a pretty fast turnover.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Internship

I really do not think too highly of the intern sitting near me.

They sleep out in the open several times a day, blast the music (can't say this is all that bad) so the entire office shares his playlist, watch anime openly so that I can hear it as well, it was really loud. My new colleauge and I shot quizzical looks at one another and shrugged our shoulders.

Today over lunch (yes, we have lunch together), he proclaimed that he needs to sleep so he could go for track & field training later in the evening. Next, he attempted to asked my colleauge if he could go off earlier for his training which starts at 5.30 pm (Work hours end at 6 pm). So my colleauge asked him how often he needs to do this. "Actually, my track & field training is everyday." I guess he was just trying his luck for he later proposed if he could leave earlier on x & y day and make up for it on a, b, c day. In any case, he didn't get it either way because it was referred "up".

I've had interns under me before from the good to the mediocre and somewhat not-so-good ones. But this one has really pushed his luck too far. Luckily, he ain't mine. I have only one remark, young, immature and haven't seen how high the sky is. In any case, after working for close to 7 years, I haven't gotton the chance to see the other end of the rainbow either.

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SCAM

Imagine this, you receive a contract job offer, you jump for joy and prepare anxiously as you await that first day of work. On your first day of work, your employer tells you the "good news". We are going to convert your contract term to a permanent basis. Please sign this if you have no objections. You look at the letter. The notice period has been extended 3 times to a harrowing 3 months.

Don't you feel you have been conned? Would you take it? Btw, the above scenario actually happened.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Hydration (or the lack of)

Came across this when I was reading up on hydration....

And if you are trying to lose weight, hydration is even more important. Even if you eat healthy and moderately and exercise, you will not lose weight without drinking enough water. Water is a big part of the metabolic system. It helps convert food into energy instead of fat. Without the enough water, your body will convert more food to fat than to energy. (Of course, there are dangers of overdoing water intake, called hyponetremia. But it is much more rare than dehydration is.)

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

WDO2006

Program line up was good. The whole program begins with a 1-hour session for the newbies at 10am, followed by a 50-min belly session, a 3-hour aerobic marathon in the afternoon, a Dancesearch (reminds me of So You Think You Can Dance?), followed by a yoga session at 7pm in the evening.

It all began with a terribly slow long queue during registration, followed by a 1-hour session of Experience Fitness with 3 20-min segments worth of Latino, Kickbox and StretchFit. The queue was so slow, that at 10am, there was still a queue visibly snaking at the registration booth. Apparently, the people handling the booths are just poorly trained and couldn't care less.

BellyBlitz is a workout inspired with belly dance moves. If you're into belly dancing, this workout removes the gracious beauty of the mythical arabian dance. So was it a good workout? If you perform the isolations well enough, maybe.

Taking out the hip-hop segment was the best thing to have happened. I mean, it's just not suitable for the most of the population. So it got replaced with a cardio latino. It was fun with its cha-cha & salsa moves.

Kickbox and Hi-Lo followed. Routine was simple and easy to follow. However, I must complain about the instructor leading the exercise, not doing the exercise, really. Towards the end of the 3rd hour, I must say, he lost it. And I could tell at least 50% of the crowd had no idea what was going on as well (had a feeling the remainder of the 50% or less were "their own members/people").

Every year, 2 or more prizes will go to someone whose employer is also the organizer. I do wonder about an event that draws a 1200 participant crowd. Is it really to promote an active lifestyle amongst the ladies here or for themselves? Afterall, such nature of activities are what they do for a living. I do recall filling in lucky draw slips that disqualifies all employess and direct families from taking part. I think it ought to be the same in this case.

Till then, I'll eagerly await WDO2007.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

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Swim With The Sharks, Then Eat Them

Interesting advertisment.
So eat or swim?

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Open Source

The right to plagarize...Google Code Search. Yeah!

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Pink London Cab

Late for work again as usual. I was just telling someone how I worked longer hours at my first job but somehow it's just not as tiring as the way I currently spend my 9 hours now. Haha, maybe I should just opt to work 16-hour days and have no time for myself huh?

Anyway, I boarded a pretty, bright, pink London Cab today, complete with a couple of pink accessories like My Melody tissue box. Quaint and retro, it certainly makes for a good wedding car, I think! HONK! HONK!


Many years ago, my cousin got married the London Cab way, but I just wasn't too excited at the cream coloured vehicle. It somehow feels different with this pink one. It looks happy and cheerful and not kuniang or girlish, given its pink theme. Anyway, I thought this picture I ripped off here didn't do too much justice to the niceness of the pink cab either. A much better job could have been done. For those who are interested, take a look at the cab with your own eyes. I'm a miser with compliments but this is worth taking a look =)

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The Korean Experience

It was a mistake, a grave mistake. I should have just stayed on in Canada.

Spent 3 nights in Seoul after landing Incheon and settled at Somerset Palace, a service apartment booked on corporate discount. IMO, it was booked without too much thought because "accomodation is expensive in Korea". I beg to differ. I bet you can find very decent hostels for lesser money. And I did.

This auntie rebutt, "that kind ah, very uncomfortable one, space small small...yada yada..." I didn't bother defending since they eat salt and I eat rice.

Truth be told, I felt it injustice to have to share the cost of a service apartment with living space, kitchen, washing machines, cookers and cutlery all thrown in (and not utilised), but I had no bed to call my own (shared a super single). Both aunties occupied the queen while the "family" suffered with the "alternatives".

"Accomodation in Korea is very expensive, 2 hotel rooms easily cost you $x. You might as well get a service apartment."

Well, at least I would have more than 0.5 of a super single bed, I thought. I know it can be done, I have. But that's not the point.

Accomodation aside, sightseeing was expensive, we dropped the idea of a day tour and opted for DIY. That can't be such a bad idea I thought. I was wrong again. I spent 80% of the time looking at "auntie clothing" in cramped up spaces built like a maze. First, I don't really like shopping, second, I speed shop, third, those aunties really took their BLOODY OWN SWEET TIME.

The women here are immaculate. From the young executive to the stall kepper and even the roadsweeper auntie puts on obvious makeup. It's funny how some Koreans are very tall and the older generation, obviously shorter.

Food in Korea is nice. It's kimchi world. Whatever we get back home is actually quite close to what they have. Korean food doesn't differ much. They all taste the same after some time. The aunties didn't like it the least. I fell in love with the rice cakes here.

Overall, I didn't think too much of Korea, it has never been on top of my MUST GO places even though there are the scenic spots of Winter Sonata to "die" for. Koreans are RUDE right down to the core, shoving their way pass everything to get through and having no respect for queues in their own country. I was nearly run down by an ah pek with a huge cart.

If you love K-dramas, do not visit Korea. It simply spoils the perfectly crafted image.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Read This

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rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt.

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