Our Little World

January 26, 2006, 5:07 pm
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Thanks to Mother Superior
Here Goes:

4 jobs you’ve had in your life:
– Warehouse helper (Temp Job after O’level cheap labor)
– Helped around my father’s food stall
– Army Sergeant
– Facility Management

4 movies you could watch over and over:
– Constantine

– Matrix Trilogy

– Rambo trilogy

– Back to the Future Trilogy (watched 200 times)

4 TV shows you love(d) to watch:
– House

– Phua Chu Kang

– 24


4 places you’ve lived:
– KK Hospital
– Bencoolen Street
– Potong Pasir
– Sengkang

4 places you’ve been on vacation to:
– Australia
– Malaysia
– Hong Kong
– Bangkok

4 places you would rather be
– Japan (love the service)
– Thailand (love the people)
– Hollywood (love the movies)
– Korea (love the Kim-chi)

4 of your favourite foods:
– Beef Noodle
– Soft Shell Crab
– Cockles
– White Chocolate

4 of your favourite beverages:
– Mocha
– Orangina
– Iced Water with a twist of lime
– Fresh Milk

4 (or more) websites you visit daily:
– My Own Blog
– Yahoo mail
– Asia-one
– All blogs I know

Not tagging anyone

January 26, 2006, 11:26 am
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“I Want a Violin”

Kids wants to be cool…

Sometime ago, Isabel saw her cousin play her violin. I guess she’s been impressed by her cos the next thing she wants was to learn to play violin.

Some time later while we were shopping, we pointed to a picture of a little girl playing violin, Isabel got upset. I asked her why.

“I don’t want people to learn violin”

That’s when we realized that she wants to learn it cos she thinks its uncommon and it looks cool to have all the attention while playing the violin.

So now we’re not sure whether to send her for lessons or not, what if her interest is only 三分钟热度 .

But in any case, we have to fine tune her attitude first, make sure her heart is in the right interest before we proceed.

January 24, 2006, 9:27 am
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How many people can still remember the original place of Punggol Seafood Resturant? Right at the end of Punggol Road.

I remember the beach there was never a pleasant sight… full of moss covered rocks and stones, but its a great place for tons of organism living and thriving in the moist area, its also a great place to catch crabs though.

But now the beach has been covered with beautiful white sand, although quite a lot of rubbish is being washed up to shore, but you still can find crabs during low tide when the rocks are exposed again.

The Pier is still there, its a good spot for fishing, although I don’t know if the water condition favors any fishes, but still the view is great and it would be fun spending the evening there.

Isabel wanted to find something small, like a sea shell, but all we could find was some “See-Hum” (Cockles 蛤). I guess the beach is too new, it hasn’t swept up much sea shells to shore.


For the first time, Ally got a hair cut… professionally that is…

For a 11 months old, she can really stay still while the hairdresser gets the job done. Of course, Isabel helped to distract her by standing in front, sing song and act silly keeping her focused.

Next is to feed her with bits of biscuits as treats. Usually she don’t let strangers to touch her, but I guess she kind of like this hairdresser, so she cooperated well.

“Huh?… What you doing to my hair? What you doing to my beautiful curls?”

“OOooohhh… ok not bad la. Look like mushroom.”


Isabel went shopping with me and her grandparents…

To make good use of her, also to make her feel useful, I asked her to stand in a corner to “Jaga” the goodies while we look at other stuff. I taught her to hold her mini umbrella, which she so proudly possesses, like a soldier holding a weapon.

She really did her job well.

Don’t be fooled by her smiling face in the picture, when she was serious, she was ready to hit anyone who comes near our belonging.

January 20, 2006, 2:33 pm
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Singapore Gahmen plans to pay a one-off cash reward bonus of between S$100 to S$200 to army guys and the reservists.

A week ago, the Gahmen said it would consider giving low-wage workers a one-off bonus as part of a S$1 billion programme to help the city-state’s poorest.

Some estates are “suddenly” upgraded with facilities like more play-area for children and fittness area for old folks.

All are signs that an election may be held soon…

January 20, 2006, 9:17 am
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How would you react when you see the train door closing in your face but you are on the outside of the train? Do you run for it? Or calmly wait for the next one?

I witnessed this Daredevil who ran for a closing door 6 meters away.

Yes, he reached the door in time but couldn’t get through it, caught himself smack between 2 doors.

“OMG…” I thought he’s going to be torn apart between them if the train moves… But he wiggled himself free BACK to the platform. Ha ha.. for all he has been thru, he should have wiggled INTO the train.

So when the train moved away, he was left standing there feeling super embarrassed since there were so many people watching his stunt.


Chinatown is getting more and more robust these days, with the opening of the 500 stalls, people are happily stall-shopping-no-buying. I know someone who knows one of the stall owner, he said “Now is not making much money, people look see look see only, waiting for the last minute to cut our throat”

Yesterday, I saw a cute sight there. Few brave teachers brought about 10 pre-schoolers to the heart of the Chinatown for an excursion, showing them our very own heritage and experiencing the heat and smelling other people’s B.O in the mid of the day.

The kids seems to be more interested in the drinks and ice-cream rather than the Lup-Cheong and mandarin oranges. Seriously… they are only waist high, what do you expect them to see?

It reminds me of the time we brought Isabel to Bangkok weekend market, 95% of the time she was on my shoulder including eating and drinking. The only time she came down to the ground was for ice-cream, trying out new clothing and look at the puppies.

January 16, 2006, 4:18 pm
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Runs in the Family

I know I like to watch TV. But with the coming of my 2 princesses, I’ve cut it down drastically. If I need to watch, it’ll be after they have all gone to bed… including my lovely wife.

But I just realized that my younger daughter also likes to watch TV… she don’t eat her cerel or porridge without watching her favourite DVD.

I tried feeding her without the TV on, but all she does is shake her head and push my hand away… but once the show is on, she just quietly slurps up everything.

I guess it really runs in the family to be a TV addicts.

January 16, 2006, 2:11 pm
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Shopping for New year goodies

The best time to shop for any new year goodies is now, any later you’ll risk getting heat stroke from the jam packed crowd.

Here you see the man cutting up wind dried pork. “Golden Ham” Steam it, best eat with plain congee.

New Year decorations should always include some signs of spring, the best will be some plantations.

The branches you see are full of flower buds, normally covered in shells, but once its fallen off, you’ll see a hairy little thing inside.

The price for sweets has dropped by $0.20, now selling at $0.80 per 100g.

Muah Shu (Muah Chee) 100g = $0.80
Common Ground nuts 500g = $4.00
Hong Kong Roasted Red seeds 500g = $8.00

Bak Guah?
Lim Chee Guan:
500g = $22.00
600g = $26.00
1kg = $44.00
(Normal weekday Queue is average 50 person at any one time)

Bee Jin Hiang:
600g = $22.80
1kg = $38.00
(Normal weekday Queue is average 4 person at any one time)

You can sample the goodies before buying them, but please don’t litter. Its really horrible.