Turns Out I’m Right

I had a disagreement with Bubbs during lunch today.  We saw these snow globes at Kalm’s and she said the figurines in the globes look like the ones at this exhibition she saw in HK.  She said it was by the same guy who authored "Turn Left Turn Right" (TLTR).  I peeped under 1 of the snow globes and told her she’s right because I saw Jimmy Liao’s (famous comic illustrator and author) signature at the bottom of the globe.  I then commented that Jimmy Liao’s a very well known Taiwanese illustrator but Bubbs insisted that TLTR was by a Japanese fellow. 

I elaborated, saying that it’s by Jimmy Liao and he’s Taiwanese and I know this for sure ‘cos I’m a small fan of his and even my wallet is from his range of merchandise!  I opened my wallet to show her the illustrations on it and his signature imprint but Bubbs still insisted TLTR was by a Japanese author.

I paused for a moment when I realised that we were in a stalmate.  Should I back off and leave it open?  Say that maybe she’s right?  Or should I insist that I am correct?  I mean, there are times when we have to agree to disagree and there are times when it’s an open conclusion where no one is right or wrong per se.  However, this time, I decided to stand my ground.  After all, this was a factual "debate" we were having and if I know I’m right, then I should be firm.

In the end, I said that I’m sure I’m correct and we can verify it when we get back to office… which I just did.  Did a google search on TLTR and the author is Jimmy Liao.

Anyway, the reason why I’m writing about the above is because it happened to be the latest incident where I’m debating with someone over something factual and I have that momentary dilemma over how pushy should I be.  I realised that when proven wrong, most people will just shrug their shoulders and let it go ‘cos it’s no big deal to them.  But it upsets me because I do not insist I am in the right, unless I know 100% ("confirm, guarantee + stamp") that I got my facts right.  Being a kiasu person, if I had even an ounce of a doubt, I would never insist that I am right.  I would then go along the lines of, "I believe it’s this but I can’t be totally sure because <insert reason here>".

So that’s me.  I’m careful with my choice of words when it comes to any debate or disagreement.  It bugs and sometimes irks me that most people take such "arguments" lightly.  Even if it’s not a serious issue that’s being discussed, I think people should still weigh their words carefully and only insist their ground when they are absolutely sure that they got their facts right.  I hate it when people insist on their opinion and then do a 180deg turn when proven wrong.  I feel that this makes a person lose credibility ‘cos if you behave this way over a small, unimportant thing, you will also react similarly to a serious matter.  After all, it’s a person’s attitude and mentality that’s the crux of it.  Not so much the importance of the subject matter being argued over.

I guess the reason this is a big deal to me is because I only make a firm stand when I know I’m right.  And when I say I know I’m right, this is because I can back it up with other facts, snippets of information, background stories, etc.  Thus, when the other party disagrees or chooses to argue with me, I feel that the other person is questioning my integrity.  It’s the “I’m telling the truth why won’t you believe me” feeling that I really detest.  But I suppose I have to change my mindset ‘cos it appears that I’m the only person I know that lives by this principle.  Crap.

Innovative Christmas Gift

I’ve been cracking my head over what to buy for some close friends for Christmas.  I originally wanted to give them some stuff from Bath and Bodyworks but unfortunately, the shipment will only come in Jan 2009.  Azure, probably sensing my dilemma, sent me the following email.

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My dear friends,

Somewhat embarrassing to admit, Christmas is tight this year.
I will be making bedroom slippers for you all as gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You’ll most likely agree that it’s a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I’ve included the instructions below.

How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:
– You need four maxi pads to make a pair.
– Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.
– The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
– Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.

Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most aesthetically appealing), etc.
These slippers are:
– Soft and Hygienic
– Non-slip grip strips on the soles
– Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
– No more bending over to mop up spills
– Disposable and biodegradable
– Environmentally safe
– Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

I’ve attached a photo of the first pair I made so that you can see the nifty slippers for yourself….

Awaiting your response. It’s crucial that I get the right size for each one of you.

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Oh yeah… Azure suggests using panty liners for kid’s size.

Latio! COE! Latio! COE!

Bidding status as at 17/12/2008 14:51:11.21 hrs

Category A:

Current COE Price – $2,659

Quota – 1,851

Bids Received – 1,934

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Nissan’s bid on our behalf:

COE Price – $3,072

Reserve Price – $3,171

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1:09hr to go.  *Gan cheong*.

Will we get the COE??  I don’t want to pay for the road tax on my current car, which is due on 27 Dec 08!

 

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Update 1:

Bidding status as at 17/12/2008 14:59:55.44 hrs

Category A:

Current COE Price – $3,171

Quota – 1,851

Bids Received – 2,110

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Damn it. 

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Update 2:

Bid unsuccessful.  Will Nissan offer me a Open Cat COE?

Snooze is Evil

I need to stop snoozing.  Woke up at 8:15am this morning though my original alarm clock was set for 7:30am.  Woke up at 7:40am (snooze), Iceman rang at 7:45am, 2nd alarm went off again at 7:50am and every subsequent 5 minutes till 8:15am.  Argh.  Left my house at 8:42am (I officially start work at 8:30am) and reached office at 9:25am!!  Sigh.  Very bad.

Wishing Spears

There’re some people in my office with really bad English.  We all know of Kid’s Meal’s infamous "quitted"… and then there’s Smarties’ way of pronouncing "claim" – "craim".  I heard a new one today.  The Esplanade’s "wishing spheres" for the new year have been renamed the "wishing spears".

Reminds me of an ex-colleague at an ISP helpdesk I used to work at.  He used to get his "r" and "l" sounds mixed up.  So if his name is "Clive", he would introduce himself as "Crive", for example.  I remember there was once when I was still new to the helpdesk… and so I sat in as he answered calls as part of my training.  One of the calls was from this lady who couldn’t connect to the Internet or something and this was what he said to her:

"ISP Helpdesk, this is Crive speaking.  To troubleshoot, can you please open your blouser".

I wonder if the lady was offended…

Google Mail

Oh dear… I have 527 pages of 50 emails per page in my gmail account.  I am so screwed.  It’s grown to the extent that it’s hard to keep track of emails that come in… I recall a time when I used to be fastidious about clearing my emails… then as I started work and gmail started giving this practically unlimited account, my mails just started piling up.

I always thought I would get down to clearing the emails… but… heh.  I realised it’s just impossible.  So what I did today was to archive all the 26,350 emails in my inbox and start from scratch.  MAYBE one day I’ll get down to clearing the 26,350 emails.  Who knows… boredom can be inspiring.

La Vie En Rose

Watched a bit of Wall E (didn’t finish the movie ‘cos I was too zzz) on Sunday and heard this song, La Vie En Rose (translated to mean life in rose/pink, i.e. a rosy view of life).  I think it’s a lovely song.  I’m very familiar with the tune but never knew the title.  Anyway, I’m thinking that this might me a potential wedding march in song?  Iceman didn’t manage to load the youtube vid but I thought we could cut out the first 1:08min of the song… hmm…

 

The tune’s so romantic yet catchy.  Heh.

Mongkok Caustic Attack

Booze Queen… better not hang out in Mongkok next time you go to HK…

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Dec 15, 2008

46 hurt in HK acid attack

HONG KONG – POLICE here were investigating yesterday after dozens of Christmas shoppers were burned by bottles of acid hurled from a high-rise building onto one of the city’s busiest streets, a report said.

Police said 46 people were injured in a deliberate attack as two large plastic bottles of caustic liquid crashed to the ground in the teeming Mong Kok district at about 5pm on Saturday, said the Sunday Morning Post.

Witnesses said the victims, mostly youngsters, screamed out and rushed to find water to wash off the liquid, which burned holes in their clothes and damaged their skin. Some men simply stripped.

‘A bottle came down,’ one man told the paper. ‘It looked like an ordinary bottle of water, and the crowd began to disperse. Then I saw people with red faces and eyes in pain.’

The victims, including 26 women and girls, were scalded in their limbs, eyes, face or body, according to the Chinese-language Wen Wei Po. All the victims had been released from hospital by the end of Saturday, the report said.

Police said they searched the building from which the 750ml bottles appeared to have been thrown, but had not arrested any suspects.

Police superintendent Annie Fonda told the newspaper: ‘Judging by the traces and the positions of the two bottles, this is not an accident. We believe someone intentionally hurled them from a height.’

The liquid has been sent to a laboratory, and the police have not yet determined what it is, said police spokesman Leona Leung.

Witnesses suspect the liquid is acid drain cleaner, one of the most hazardous household products available to the public.

The thrower, if convicted of attempting harm on the lives of others, could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, Supt Fonda said.

Mong Kok has often been a site of random attacks, the other famous case being the brick-throwing incident four years ago, the Wen Wei Po pointed out. The brick thrower was sentenced to 21/2 years in jail, it added.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

Insider Forecast

My job has allowed me to gain access to privileged market information.  Following up with a client on his deal which has undergone a few structural changes, I gleaned the following insider view of the market:

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Dear UptownGal and Big Mac,

Pls hold on the project for the time being until further notice as future of the market is invisible.

Sorry for the inconveniences caused.

Thanks and best regards,

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The future of the market is invisible ok.  Don’t play play.