On This Day Of Great Celebrations…

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Yesterday, I had an early celebration with my Mum, Brother and Sister-In-Law. Dad is at work while my sister didn’t came over as she had to take care of her sons.

You may find me weird but I do not like people to sing me the Birthday song.

Whenever this happen, I would cringe and freak out, wishing it would quickly end.

So, yesterday, my Mum, brother and sis-in-law just sang me the last sentence of the Birthday song and I proceeded with the cake cutting.

After having the cake, everyone just went back to doing what they were doing and that, is my Birthday celebration in five minutes.

As you can
see,
my Birthday is quite
boring
actually.

In my family, we do not have the habit to celebrate
birthdays because everyone is busy with work.

When we were kids, the adults were busy making ends meet so
there is no time to celebrate and no spare cash for presents, much less a party.

After
we grew up, the ‘tradition’ sort of continues.

The
most we will do is to have a meal together and that is it
.

I
guess, that is the reason why I’m so paranoid of having people singing me the
Birthday song because I didn’t know how to react with me being in the limelight.

As
for my Birthday this year, we didn’t even have a meal together because
everyone were still busy with work.

Today, I just spend the day celebrating
with me, myself and I.

And here’s me wishing I a Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday, Birthday Party, dead-cockroach, presents

That Pants Dropping Incident…

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Initially, I had no intention to blog about
this celebrity pants dropping incident but the matter has been blown way out of proportions and getting
on my nerves. I tried ignoring it but
wherever I go, I was kept reminded about it – people are talking about it, the headlines are
screaming about it and even the Radio and TV are broadcasting it.

YES, he is a fool to have wrecked his own blissful marriage and
destroying the happy family they have painstakingly built up over the
last 27 years.

Indeed, he owed his loved ones an apology and begging for their forgiveness is the least he could do.

BUT…

I don’t see why he should apologize to his mistress(es).

He is in the wrong but it’s not like she is any less guilty than him?

It takes two to tango, no?

Assuming
she knew that he is a married man
right from the start and despite that, is still willing to enter an illicit relationship with
him says something about her, doesn’t it?

What would a young girl want from a married man who is double her age? For his yummy good looks? His muscular physique? Or his passion for Cosplay?


I mean, like, seriously?


There must be something that she wants from him, right?

I’m not siding with him but why is everyone blaming the man?

Yes,
he made the first move on her but she could always reject his advances.
Is he able to force her if she is not a willing party?

Everyone loves justice in the affairs of others but seriously speaking, who are we to interfere if his wife is magnanimous enough to forgive him?

His infidelity has hurt his family but does it hurt you? Or me?

Therefore, I think he owes nobody an explanation except his family.

It’s punishment enough for a public figure to be disgraced till this state.

He has jeopardized his own career, tarnished his wholesome, good family man image and not to mention the ripple effects of this incident which will continue to haunt him in the future.

I could foresee him spending
the next couple of years trying to regain his wife’s trust and mending the crack in their marriage which, I think is not going to be a easy task so, let us just live and let live.

Please allow the family to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives.

There are bigger stories out there.

This fella would agree with me.
Jack Neo, Irene Kng, Jack Neo’s wife, Wendy
Chong, sex in car, sex scandal, I not stupid, Being Human, Director,
Movie, conference, Scorpio East, apology, mistress

When March Gets in2it!

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CHAO KENG
To act or pretend in order to impress others or escape being given extra duties or responsibilities.
1. “Don’t chao keng lah, we know you very good, leow.”
2. “No need to chao keng anymore… the other guy oreddy kena arrow.”
(Source)

CHAO KENG.

A
word that is all too familiar to us; especially the guys because it is
part of our everyday life during our two years conscription in the
military.

Any deva ju emotions at the following scenario?



Most NSman would have keng-ed at least once or twice to escape from certain trainings or duties but there is this famous unwritten rule in the SAF that says YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT DO NOT GET CAUGHT!

There was this guy from my unit who was notorious for keng-ing.

He would report sick for the slightest problems till the point that he sees the M.O more than seeing his own mother each week!

Whenever there is work to be done, he would relegate his work to the “new birds”
and if he can’t find anyone to push his work to, he would report sick.
It has gotten so bad that he became the number one public enemy of the
whole platoon.

One day, he was standing below
our bunks and bragging to us as usual. All of a sudden, a water bomb
fell from above and hit him on the head. The water bomb goes SPLAT, and
he was drenched from head to toe.

We could
not contain our laughter and laughed so hard till our sides ached! We
laughed even harder when we later realized that the broken rubber lying
beside his feet was not a balloon but a condom instead!

I felt sorry for him yet at the same time I think he quite deserved it!

I believe most NSman have their own stories to share and what better place to do it then at in2it.sg?

Never heard of it?


Click above image to enter in2it.sg

Fret
not, I am here today to introduce this portal which is a non official
and lifestyle centric platform that allows you to get in touch with
your fellow NSman.

In celebration of it’s first anniversary, in2it.sg is launching a series of six contests for the month of March!

Contest I: Win a pair of tickets to Universal Studio Singapore (10 winners)
Contest II: Win a sponsored 3D2N trip for two (3 winners)

Interested? Click here for more details!

Right now, there are two contests to keep you occupied but do keep a lookout
for the subsequent four contests at in2it.sg!

in2it.sg
also has it’s own Facebook Fanpage and they too have great prizes to give away!

What? More contests?

YES! That means even more exciting prizes waiting to be won!

How does a 500gb Fujitsu Calmee Xena portable hard disks sound?
It is the
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To win one, all you have to do is to visit in2it.sg‘s Facebook Fanpage here and submit your “Favourite Ways of Keng-ing In NS” on their Wall.

The top three participants who garnered the most number of “Likes” on their post wins! That’s all!

The contests ends on 31st March 2010.

Don’t wait any longer, the lucky winner could be you!


500gb Fujitsu Calmee Xena portable hard disk


Return to The Dead Cockroach


Snapshots: Little Guilin

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I went to Little Guilin this week!

Alright, this is a very backdated post.

This entry was written way back in January, I think, and I never get round to publishing it.

Although having moved into the nearby neighborhood for almost twelve years, this was just my second visit to this unused Quarry.


Little Guilin


Lake Placid

Have you heard of the drowning incidents relating to this lake?


Who knows… what lies beneath?


Reminds me of the “vertical climb” at Gunung Panti

Something pissed me while taking the next photo.


See anything?

No?

Let’s zoom in.


Rubbish hanging on for dear life at the cliff


If one can take the trouble to climb up there, will they lose an arm or leg just to bring their own trash down with them?

Why can’t people be matured enough to clear up the mess they have created? Spare a thought for the poor fella who’s gonna fish the trash out from the water! It’s dangerous!

I remembered a sign that I saw from one of Sarawak’s Nature Park many years ago:

Take Nothing But Photographs;
Leave Nothing But Footprints


Our environment will be a better place only if everyone does their part!

Watching Alice In Wonderland: An Afterthought

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I had the privilege to attend the Premiere Gala of Alice in Wonderland at Shaw Lido last evening.

When I arrived, I was intimidated by the sheer number of people there.

I think I was late because there was no queue when I collected my tickets from the Nuffnang booth. However, another queue of people waiting to enter the theater has already formed, and snaking around the place.

The turnout was greater than I had expected and silly me had initially thought that this Premiere was exclusive to Nuffnangers. Then, it dawn upon me that there could be people who got tickets through other sources.


Because it was the Premiere, we had to surrender our mobile phones, cameras and even MP3s to security. As long you have a device that could record, it has to be turned in.

Security was tight and no bags were left unturned.

But it did not stop there.

Even while watching the show, there were security personnel patrolling along the aisle, making sure no one is filming secretly so that pirated copies could not reach the makeshift stalls before the movie officially hit the theaters on the Fourth of March.

After
the show ended, there was a mad rush to collect our gadgets from the security. Due to the number of people, I’m mentally prepared for some confusions to arise and the waiting time would be long but on the
contrary, they were quite efficient and I got mine back in less than five
minutes after joining the queue.

I have to mention that Anne Hathaway’s portrayal as the White Queen was hilarious.

Unlike the graceful Queen that all good Queens should be, there’s something awkward about her “graceful ways”. The way she carries herself and the little gestures she display (turning nauseous at the sight of the
severed Jabberwocky head) was funny and reminds us that she’s only human just like the rest of
us.
(A Queen’s still gonna eat and shit like us, no?)

All in all, Tim Burton didn’t disappoint but the only letdown was that we didn’t get to enjoy the show in 3D.
I would be thrilled to fall through the rabbit hole together with Alice or
to have a teacup flung into my face by the paranoid March Hare.

Nevertheless, thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation!

Joo Seng Teochew Porridge

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Received an impromptu dinner date with my brother at Upper Bukit Timah and I thought that we would be going to the Bukit Timah Food Centre (Mien!) but unknowingly, he has already ‘choped’ a table at Joo Seng Teochew Porridge located at Cheong Chin Nam Road (where Al Ameem is).

I’m not really a fan of Teochew Porridge but I was left with little choice as Mum was craving for it while
sis-in-law had two wisdom teeth extracted two days before and porridge was all that she could
eat.

As soon as the rice is cooked, the porridge was scooped and served thus, the physical shape of the grains is still there (as shown above) which is a typical characteristic of Teochew Porridge.

If you have been following my blog, you would have known that I don’t like my porridge this way. I preferred my porridge smooth and flavorful, with the grains ‘flowered’ like those Cantonese Porridge.

Here’s a list of the dishes we ordered.

Fried Pomfret
Cod Fish (steak)
Braised Duck
Fried Spareribs
Braised Innards (pork) with Taupok
Bittergourd
Kailan
‘Hairy’ Gourd
Egg Tofu

As these dishes were prepared as accompaniment to plain porridge, they were a little on the salty side so go easy on the sauces. My brother and sis-in-law has been here a couple of times but it was the first for my parents and I.

My favorite are the Braised Duck, Cod Fish, Braised Innards and the ‘Hairy’ Gourd.


No bone was left unturned


We were half expecting the bill to be around S$50 but it turns out to be S$70 exactly.

A little pricey for Teochew Porridge but it’s expected since we ordered fish (Fried Pomfret and Cod Fish) and meat (Braised Duck) which were the more expensive items.

My Verdict:

Joo Seng Teochew Porridge
16 Cheong Chin Nam Road
Singapore 599740

Alice In Wonderland

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Being a fan of Tim Burton, there is no reason for me to skip his latest collaboration with Disney.

Google-ing results reveal that this movie will not be a straight adaptation of the original novel written by Lewis Carroll.

Instead, this will be Alice’s second visit to the Wonderland, who, as the years gone by, has completely forgotten about her previous encounter down the rabbit hole 10 years ago.

And Alice’s return raises some hope for the inhabitants of Wonderland because this time, she have to free her friends from the evil reign of The Red Queen!

Which character do I like best?

Do I still have to spell it out?

It has got to be the Cheshire Cat!

When I read the book years ago, I was intrigued by that strange cat with the big eyes. Grinning from ear-to-ear, this cat has the ability to appear and disappear at whim. Sometimes, the body would disappear, leaving the head visible while at times, the whole cat would disappear, leaving only a grin behind in mid-air.

Whenever people mention “Alice in Wonderland”, the character that first comes to mind is not Alice, but the Cheshire Cat. This is how deep the impression the Cheshire Cat has on me.





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