Happy 35th Birthday to Myself!

My 35th birthday has come & gone in a flash. A couple of months back, I was kind of hung up over it – 35 years old – that’s like the age that tells what the rest of your life will be. Your career path’s probably fixed, are you the family type, etc. Even the government has set 35 as the age singles can buy a HDB flat!

I was on leave today. Pampered myself by getting an eyeliner embroidery (done by Lydia from Browhaus at Raffles City basement. Very good! Hardly any pain), shopping & getting a massage. Feeling quite accomplished as I bought 1 pair of Geox Working shoes, 2 dresses (and got a top free).

All that physical activity was followed by a scrumptious dinner at Ola Cocina at MBFC Tower 3. And dessert was an Awfully Chocolate chocolate cake (duh) that my mom bought, paired with prosecco wine.

Here’re some shots of the yummy dinner!


Deep fried prawn head tapas (on the house!)


Tomato gazpacho. Very refreshing and appetizing!


Grilled octopus tapas (recommended by our waiter - supper yummy)


White & green asparagus. Flavourful but nothing to shout about)


Squid ink pasta paella with...Squid. Haha. Good!

It as a wonderful day!

Chuck’s Workshop (11 May 2014)

Things to remember:

1. When anchoring:
- Try to post at 4.
- Take 5 and 5& to be anchored.
- 6 should step down directly → don’t wait till 6 to anchor!

2. Underarm pass:
- Step 3 → body should be parallel to slot, right foot turned slightly out.
- Step 4 → should be slightly diagonal so you don’t trip over your own feet when dragging left foot in on 5.

3. Walking back:
- Place foot then roll down.

4. Focus on 1, 2, 4, 6. The triples in-between should just be about landing the feet under the body.

Disgusting Behaviour

Received a letter from my previous company saying that i breached MAS regulations for a policy placed in 2010 and renewed in 2011 and thus they reported me to MAS. What the fark man, seriously! The misconduct, they claimed, was that i acted as a reinsurance broker when the company’s licence was only for direct insurance broker services.

I’m astounded how i could be considered a reinsurance broker when i don’t know / liaise / deal with the cedant nor the original insured. Fact of the matter is that my then Thai office approached the Singapore office for help as they were not familiar with Political Risk Insurance and thus i helped by providing consultancy / technical advice to them in discussion with underwriters. My previous company used to trumpet being “united” amongst all the offices. Well, that’s unity for you. When there’s money to be earned, they’ll earn it. Any issues, instead of clarifying with me what happened, i’m just made scapegoat. Totally disgusting behaviour.

Am now in the midst of discussing with my current company if i should raise this as an issue and clarify matters with MAS as this may affect me as a broker.

I’m just so pissed off and annoyed at how underhand the whole issue has been handled. Pui!


Poor Pinky’s not well. The old boy has cataracts developing in both eyes. Brought him to the vet who prescribed medicine to slow down the cataracts but it’s not really possible to remove them (surgery would be too risky for an old bunny like him).

Pinky has also developed snuffles (a rabbit cold). I hope it’s just URTI and will heal quickly. Otherwise, it’ll be another trip to the vet in the next few days and these trips are always traumatising for Pinky.

Please pray with me that Pinky will recover soon. The Lord has blessed and taken Pinky safely through many health scares before and I pray that He’ll sustain the old boy again.


So I agreed to sign up for a choreography / performance class with Champion, on the basis that we would not eventually perform. Missed the first class cos I was in Korea but went for the second class last night. It was a struggle, which was to be expected, cos I didn’t review the videos before going. But that’s not the point of this post.

The class format requires us to rotate partners and there was a point in time when I had to partner Old Man. That, was the most disastrous pairing of the night. I was reflecting why was that so and realised it’s cos I don’t trust him hence I would auto-pilot whenever I feel he’s late, which would then screw up the connection.

Hence, I think I need to put aside my grievances from last year and try to trust him. Hahaha.

Dance Notes – Stretch

The most pressing thing I need to sort out is to always create stretch before moving forward on ’1′. This is especially important when I’m dancing with much taller guys – need to manage my distance well. I need to NOT dance at my max arm length else there’s no more room / give to land my weight for the stretch!


Met an old classmate I haven’t seen for 10 months for lunch today. The shocker came when I asked him how come he lost so much weight & he told me that he was diagnosed with nose cancer (which spread to his lymph nodes) about 10 months ago, a day before his daughter was born. I asked him why he didn’t share about it earlier & he merely shrugged.

The cancer was between stage 2 & 3 and he underwent both radiotherapy as well as chemo for it. The treatments have been completed & he is due for a full body check soon.

The rest of the lunch went on as per normal & we chatted as though nothing that serious had happened. I’m definitely glad that he should be on the road to recovery / remission & being fit, has coped well with the treatments. I still feel a sense of sadness though, that I wasn’t there when he needed me most. I didn’t contact him in the last 10 months (we work in the same office building – good grief!) as he used to always work extremely late as an investment banker. I also knew that his wife was pregnant & thus I thought he didn’t contact cos he was too busy as a new father.

It’s just sad to think than an old friend I’ve known for 18 years had to go through such a dark period in his life.

We ended lunch with an agreement that we must lunch together once a month. I’m setting a reminder on my phone. This is a friend I truly cherish.

GCE ‘A’ Levels

So… the A-Level results will be out tomorrow. Heh. Such a distant memory.

I remember the day I was to collect my A-Level results. I was kind of apprehensive so a friend & I decided not to arrive too early at TJC. We went to catch a movie (can’t remember which movie though) & were probably amongst the last few to collect. I remember my Comp Sci teacher, who was my supervisor for my project, was searching high & low for me. Thankfully, it was good news he had to deliver. And he was excited because I don’t think he expected me to do well for Computing. Hahaha. My other results were also decent enough & given that I’m not the most hardworking student, it was really by the grace of God that everything went well.

Of course, after so many years have passed, I’m now able to see the big picture, how He guided me to NTU, specialise in Insurance and now do a job I love.

So to all who’re collecting their results, all the best and trust that everything is within God’s hand.


Was introduced to a new messaging app today called Telegram. Interface wise it looks almost identical to Whatapp but there’re 5 really cool things I like about it:

1) There’s this “secret chat” function where the msgs aren’t saved on Telegram’s server & they are encrypted.

2) There’s this “self-destruct” feature that you can set such that read msgs will be automatically deleted
after the selected length of time is over.

3) The app doesn’t restrict the size of media attachments hence it sends photos in their original file size / resolution. This is super yay! Cos I really dislike all the blurry photos due to whatapp resizing them.

4) You can mute individual chats.

5) It can work across multiple devices (I managed to sync the chats to my iPad mini.)

Quick go download the app & try! It’s free! https://telegram.org

Downtown Line

Finally took the downtown line on Mon. Walked to Boon Tat St for lunch. Was quite breathless on the way there cos I was sick & had problems breathing. Think my boss got tired of walking slowly on the route back to office after lunch so when we passed by Telok Ayer MRT, he suggested taking the downtown line back.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened but I suppose it was good to finally try the newest MRT line. I did notice that the train was much wider than the trains on the other lines. There seemed to be fewer seats too. Probably good for packing more people into a carriage.

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