Month: February 2008
It’s been a week since I last blogged.
Work has been real busy and I hardly have time to drink or even go to the restroom. By the time I reach home, I’m so exhausted till I don’t have any juice left to blog.
The job wasn’t quite what I’d expected it to be. Though I get to meet people, but patients aren’t exactly very happy people to deal with. Most of the patients are nice, actually but there are also a few whom I really wish I could…
At times, it could get a little lonely.
I’m wondering is it because of the rising black force therefore I felt a little outcasted? Afterall, I’m the only odd one out there.
For the past week, when I lie on my bed at night, I’ll questioned myself: Is this really the job for me? Is this what I really wanted?
Sian, zo lang kor see leh…
GOD, can you give me a sign?
You see, I’ve found a brand new N81 and I’m elated!
I’m struggling inside whether to return the phone or to keep it for myself.
My own phone has been problematic (the 7, 8 and 9 keys aren’t working) of late and this new phone is just timely for me.
However, as I thought of the person who had loses it, a sense of guilt consumed me. The phone is brand new and I’m sure it doesn’t come cheap. I bet the person who lost it must be very anxious and losing sleep over it. I’ve lost my phone before and I know how painful it feels!
After going through the messages in search of the owners’ details, I realised that she is actually from China currently studying in Singapore. There are a couple of messages from her dad which I believed was sent after she lost her phone asking why she didn’t pick up the phone.
One of the messages goes like this: 女儿，怎么不接电话？爸爸好担心啊！
My heart almost cried when I read that.
I lived my life based on one motto and that is: Don’t do unto others what you don’t want other to do unto you… (己所不欲, 勿施于人)
I only asks for a clear conscience hence, I made the painful decision to return the phone to it’s rightful owner. Abit unwilling, yes and also alittle heart breaking but still, it’s not right to claim something which isn’t yours in the first place.
Life is really full of temptations, isn’t it?
How about you? If you’ve found something which you really like, would you return it or keep it for your own use?
I met the HR in the morning to discusss the package which they’ve offered me as well as to sign the appointment letter. The rest of the morning was spent shuttling between the different clinics to have my body checkups done.
I first reported to the Staff Clinic and after filling in my particulars, I passed it to the nurse at the counter. She glanced through my details when suddenly, she looked up to me in jest and exclaimed, “You are my neighbor two doors away!”
I was caught by surprise because… I’ve not seen her before though I’ve stayed at my current place for close to 20 years already. Anyway, she was particularly helpful in giving me concise direction to the various clinics where I had to go for the tests.
After I had my blood tests (they collected two test-tubes of my blood!) and x-rays taken, I returned to the Staff Clinic where I continued with my eyesight and urine test. After completing the tests, I had to wait for my test report.
The doctor who saw me was yet another gallant member of the ‘dark force’. Why do I keep running into them wherever I go? Was it really like what Dango has said? That I really have round-shit with them?
Adoi! *slaps forhead*
Anyway, she asks about my medical history and checked my blood pressure. She said my blood level was a little high and I had to bring down my levels by the next appointment if not, she’s not going to give me clearance for my medical. Piang… why do they always make things difficult for me in my career? What exactly do I owe them?
Towards the end of the consultation, she asks me to undress. Then, she told me to lie on the bed. My heart was pounding away nervously as she walks closer and closer to me. I closed my eyes tightly and I felt her hands pressing about on my upper body. She further instructs me to ‘loosen’ my trousers and she started pressing my abdomen as well. Finally, she asks me to turn over, and continued pressing my back.
Oh man, I feel like a
By lunchtime, my ordeal was finally over. I reported to my department and the number of patients scared me! Colleagues are fine, except that I’m once again the rose among the many, many thorns there in my department. The aunties are fun-loving yet man-hungry (that’s what they claimed themselves to be) at the same time.
Paperwork was a nightmare. There are lots of medical terms and abbreviations to learn and procedures to follow. I’m a little overwhelmed but I guess I should have no problems learning the ropes. I just need some time to digest.
Yesterday, I was at Bukit Merah to settle some paperwork with the HR Department. It’s been a long time since I came here. The last time I came was around 1997, when I frequent CMPB for my deferment and medical checkup prior NS.
I remembered the last time when I was here, there was a stall at the food centre selling “Wah Kueh.” The Wah Kueh was actually quite similar to the Chwee Kueh, except that it was bigger – about the size of a bowl. Unlike the Chwee Kueh, which was served with chai pok, Wah Kueh was eaten with black sauce doused all over it.
A Teocheow delicacy, it was made from a mixture of rice flour and water which was then poured into a bowl to mould the shape during steaming. I believed that was how the Wah Kueh first derived its’ name.
Not many younger generations know about it because this traditional dish is already dying out during my generation. In fact, it was at the Bukit Merah food centre where I had the chance to eat it for the first and last time. Before this, everything I know about this dish were heard from my parents.
At that time, I was still a infant when we were staying at Bukit Ho Swee. Everyday, an old man would come by horning on his bicycle and customers would go downstairs to buy his Wah Kueh.
Sad to say, we moved out of Bukit Ho Swee before I even had the opportunity to eat it.
When I went back yesterday, I searched the whole food centre but I couldn’t find the stall anymore.
Do you know anything else about this mysterious Wah Kueh? Do you know where has the stall shifted to?
According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children.
Now we can help to feed the hungry simply by going to www.freerice.com and play the vocabulary game. We earned 20 grains of rice for every question which we’ve gotten correct and the sponsors at the bottom of the screen will pay for that.
We get to improve our vocabularly and yet able to help someone else at the same time so, why not? We feed their tummy, while we feed our brains.
I have played the game and donated 5000 grains of rice. I’m not sure how far 5000 grains of rice can go but what I’m sure is no amount is too little. Afterall, the sea is made up of many drops of water.
As the saying goes, Many a mickle makes a muckle. (积少成多)
Let’s help a child to sleep with a full tummy today.
My parents and I were at my brother’s place visiting and after that, we went for dinner at the newly renovated coffeeshop.
We decided to have tze char and we ordered the BBQ Stingray, Hotplate Tofu, Tapioca Leaves and Prawn Paste Chicken.
After waiting for about half an hour, our rice was served followed by the BBQ Stingray ten minutes later. About another half an hour later, there is still no sign of our second dish.
Our rice by then had already turned cold so, my brother went to remind them about it.
Soon, one of the servers came with a plate of Prawn Paste Chicken but to our dismay, the dish went to the patrons at the next table who came fifteen minutes later than us. The Prawn Paste Chicken which should have been ours, actually went to them!
We were annoyed but still, we waited. And as we waited, we watched on helplessly as more and more dishes filled up the other table while we were still waiting for our second dish to come.
By the time our second dish, the Hotplate Tofu came, the next table had already finished their eight course dinner including Lou Hei. My brother was so angry that he went to remind the lady again and to replaced all our cold rice with hot ones.
Once again, we took our time to eat the rice while waiting for the third dish to be served and when it came, we were puzzled to see a plate of BBQ Sotongs which we didn’t ordered. The China girl claims that she just followed what’s written on the order so we got her to repeat what’s written on it and we realised that the person who took down our order had mixed up the Prawn Paste Chicken with BBQ Sotongs. We were affirmative that we ordered Prawn Paste Chicken and NOT BBQ Sotongs but the China girl insisted otherwise.
My parents were actually thinking of taking the BBQ Sotong and cancel the Prawn Paste Chicken so that we do not have to wait any longer but I’m defiant that since they are the ones who made the mistake, why should we accept it?
I was damn dulan when she said, “那怎样? 要不要?”
The attitude of the China girl really pisses me off so I ordered her to remove the bloody sotongs out of my sight and serve us the Prawn Paste Chicken which we have originally ordered.
After waiting for another fifteen minutes and our rice turning cold again, we decided enough is enough. The whole family is too pissed and upset to wait anymore so we decided to cancel the remaining orders.
This time, the China girl came very fast with the bill and my dad asks her, “收钱就很快hor? ”
My dad put the money onto the table and we went to the next coffee shop for char kway teow.
It’s not that we are being difficult but can you imagine, we waited almost forty minutes for the second dish to be served? It’s atrocious to wait so long for a dish! I can understand if the kitchen is underhanded and there are too many orders but the thing is, we were there early. When we placed our orders at 6.30pm, the coffee shop wasn’t crowded at all. I would even say the coffee shop is quite empty.
What’s infuriating was why does everyone who came later than us got served first? Other people had already finished their Lou Hei yet we were still kept waiting like fools. We’ve spent almost two hours and fifteen minutes for a two course meal!
6.30pm Placed order
7.00pm Rice served
7.10pm BBQ Stingray served
7.50pm Hotplate Tofu served
8.10pm BBQ Sotong served
8.30pm Left in
8.45pm Char Kway Teow next door