Month: December 2008

Huff over puff

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I’m elated to hear news about the smoking ban being extended to more areas yet on the other hand, I’m not so optimistic about the effectiveness of this new rule because with or without it, smokers will still continue to light up.

bracketIn Singapore, smoking is already banned in all nightspots, hawker centres, restaurants and community clubs, among other places. Source

This brings to mind of a bad encounter I had with a errant smoker just this very morning. I was with my family at the coffeeshop having our breakfast when we were suddenly enshrouded by a cloud of smoke. Being non-smokers, we were rudely irritated by that foul smell and being asthmatic cum having a sensitive nose just make matters worst because my nose would start itching for at least several hours if it detects any cigarette smoke.

We looked around and realized that the smoke actually comes from the ah pek at the next table. We were sitting at the non-smoking area, mind you, hence we casually complained about the smoke to the auntie who served us our drinks. The ah pek must have overheard our conversation for he called the auntie over to question her. The auntie, who didn’t want things to turn too ugly told him that we weren’t talking about him and that promptly ended the episode.

But what piqued me most was his attitude! In the first place, he was in the wrong by smoking at a non-smoking area yet instead of being apologetic, he was indignant over it? That’s ridiculous!

HELLO, how would you feel if I punched you in the face and later blamed you for not dodging from my fist fast enough? Get my drift?

Well, I have nothing against smokers and they have their freedom to smoke till their liver hardens but when their smoke affects the non-smokers around them, don’t we have the right to voice out? Yes, we have the choice to walk away when someone smokes at the bus stop or at the entrance to a building but how are we going to do that when we are in the middle of a meal? Shift the whole table together with us to the other end?

Having a smoking and non-smoking area side by side at eating establishments is real stupid because it’s akin to having a pee area inside the swimming pool! Well, unless the two areas are separated via indoors and outdoors or if there is a way to ‘contain’ all the smoke from drifting to the non-smoking side, I find having the two areas side by side fits a chinese saying that says, “脱裤子放屁,多此一举。” (It literally means, pulling your pants down to fart, which is really unnecessary…)


Ponyo on a cliff by the sea *spoilers*

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I’m a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki and his productions from Studio Ghibli. Films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are big hits but my favorite film of all has got to be Laputa and Howl’s Moving Castle.

Ever since news of his latest film, Ponyo on a cliff by the sea has been leaked onto his fanclub websites, I have been waiting for eternity to the release of this show.

After watching this show, however, I’m feeling a little disappointed because I see shadows of The Little Mermaid in it.

It’s the same storyline of how a fish who yearns to become human and willingly trades in her magical powers just to achieve her dream.

I’m not disappointed with the film per se but rather, the storyline because I’m sure Hayao Miyazaki is able to come up with a better original story of his own instead of adapting his film from another story.

This is the second film from Studio Ghibli that I’m disappointed with, the other being Tales from Earthsea (though it’s directed by Hayao Mizayaki‘s son).


The story behind the Congee…

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A hot, steaming bowl of Pork Congee (with cuttlefish and conpoy) is just nice for a cold, rainy morning which, reminded me of a story my mum used to tell me. 

Many years ago, way before I was born, my grandma used to feed my cousins when they were still young. As the congee was piping hot, she would cool it first before feeding them.

Nothing really wrong with that of course, but my grandma’s unique way of cooling the congee was by putting a spoonful of the congee inside her own mouth, gargle abit then spit everything out onto the spoon again before putting the spoon into my cousins’ mouth. (the horrors!)

Ironically, those cousins who have been fed by grandma this way all went on to universities whereas those of us who have not been fed by her didn’t manage to.

Pure coincidence or a conspiracy?

Nonetheless, congee has always been a favorite since young except for the Teochew kind which is more watery. I especially adore the Cantonese kind, where the grains ‘flower‘ and the texture a bit more sticky.

What about you, do you have a favorite comfort food and is there a story behind it?


Be thankful for the food you had on your table…

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If you have read my earlier entry (here), you would have known my stand against the wastage of food. I’m going to save my breathe on the JC girl who had milk poured over her head and cake smashed in her face all in the name of fun. Some elites indeed!

Take a look at the video above and be thankful for what you have on the table today.

*Thanks to Shirley for sharing this video.

I’ve been STOMPed

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My poor babies…

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I’m soooo devastated!

Ignore me, allow me to wallow in self pity for a brief moment…

I was over at my brother’s house collecting back the VCDs which I had loaned him and I almost had a cardiac arrest to witness the various state of damage my VCDs were in! *breakdown*

There they were, all lying naked in a pile with their protective sleeves all removed. *horrors!*

That’s when I spotted, my most beloved title laying half buried within the pile, badly scratched with Disc A missing! Then, there were some VCDs which comes in specially designed tin boxes but they were thrown away and worst, a couple of VCDs had been loaned to his friends without my knowledge but he can’t remembered whom he loaned them to!

Wah piang! *欲哭无泪-ing*

I’m very upset over this. I’m not one who buy VCDs/DVDs on impulse. I would consider and think real hard before deciding if the movie is worth collecting, only then would I spend money on them. Thus, those VCDs/DVDs in my collection are all very precious to me.

If I loan them out, I expect them to come back in the exact same condition. Nothing more (scratches, fingerprints), nothing less (disc missing)

Yet all the fears that I’m worried about when lending my VCDs has now turned into reality!


From now on, no more loans!

A.L.L 2009 Calendar Sale

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The A.L.L 2009 Calendar Sale is here again!

A.L.L (Animal Lovers League) is launching their 2009 calendars
in aid of the stray cats and dogs that are currently residing in the
shelter. All proceeds goes towards defraying the costs of feeding,
housing, and caring for them. 

At just $10 per calendar, these make great corporate gifts for your clients and loved ones!

$10 may be the cost of a simple meal or a movie
ticket but this same amount of money goes a long way in helping these
homeless animals to lead a decent life without having to forage for
food in the streets!


Please approach Animal Lovers League for direct sales of the calendar.

Animal Lovers League is located at:
Pets Villa
Unit 61
Pasir Ris Farmway 3

For mass order, you may email to for any special arrangements.

To know more about A.L.L and how you can help, click here.

I did a simple banner for the sale of the A.L.L Calendars.

You can copy the following code into your blog or websites if you please.

<a href=”“>
<img src=”
” alt=”Help the animals!” border=”0″ />

It should look something like this:

Help the animals!

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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On the day before Christmas, my neighbor gave to me… not totally insufficient dowry, two nosy in-laws or three buttered chickens but…

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Oh Noes, Im on melancholy mode again…

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Windmills Of Your Mind

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half-forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it something that you said?
Lovers walk along a shore
And leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway
And the fragment of a song
Half-remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over
You were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color of her hair

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Happy Winter Solstice!

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I made these myself!

汤圆 represents 团圆!

I knew the actual day falls on the 21st which is tomorrow but we did it a day earlier so as to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. I went marketing with my mum in the morning and then helping her to prepare the ingredients for dinner.

It’s a great feeling cooking for the entire clan (although tedious with all the washing afterwards) and having everyone present at the dining table.

The little emperor started dinner without us…
(Erm, ignore the newspapers please. Very unglam, I know but it’s a daily ritual…)

Do you know the significance behind the Winter Solstice? I sure hope the younger generation do! (Go ask your mum quick!)

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy 冬至-ing!


If you have read my message on Facebook, you would have known that I was assaulted last night.

I was opening the door to the storage room when I heard this loud clanging sound followed by a burning sensation on my foot. I looked down and saw this metal clothes hanging rack (whatever do you call this thing?) lying innocently next to my feet as if it has got nothing to do with it.

The U-shape thingy happened to graze the side of my foot which leaves me hopping around in pain. The grazing part wasn’t so bad but the pain was actually coming from the metatarsal head when the weight of the whole thing landed on my foot…

I DON’T GET IT! I really have alot of 血光之灾 this month!

(shouting profanities)