Incoco Dry Applique

Had our reunion dinner with my dad’s side of the family tonight.  Saw my cousin’s nails with the coolest nail polish ever.  It’s made of a sticker that you stick on your nail and it looks like a salon standard manicure!  Super cool!  My cousin got Watsons.  I can’t wait for CNY to be over so I can get it from Watsons too!  😛  (Unless I can coax my dad to drive me to Eastpoint tomorrow to see if it’s available… too lazy to walk all the way there).

Here’s a website on how it works.  Damn cool!

The Throne

I’m sure this isn’t new news to many but it is to me.  Went to the Toast Box at Raffles City for kopi after dinner and went to the toilet next to it before I left.  I was mightily impressed!  This is what I found…

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A toilet with a bidet.  Every single toilet came with a bidet.  I know this is very common in Japan but this is the first I’ve seen in a shopping centre in Singapore!

 

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Anyway, I tried it.  Hehe.  Simple but pertinent instructions for users.  It was good.  😛

Casually Speaking…

I got my COE after all.  Heh.  I told the agent all my points about how illogical it was for Tan Chong to bid so low for us, etc… and he spoke to his manager who eventually agreed to give us an Open Category COE at no extra charge.  Yay!  The new Latio Sport should arrive in about 3 weeks. 

Iceman and I chose the colour, “amethyst-grey”.  Indoors, under florescent light, the car looks more purplish.  Under bright sun however, the car appears grey.  Under dimmer sunlight, it’s a cross between grey and brownish-purple?  Heh.  I really can’t describe it.  Will post photos after we get the new car.

Was reading the news online just now and noted that AIG is seeking bids for its life insurance arm, AIA in Asia.  AIG invited buyers to bid for 49% of the shares of AIA but said it will be willing to consider selling everything if the right offer is received.  Sigh.  How sad to see such a big giant crumble. 

This is a classic case of how reputational damage is the worst form of damage a corporation can suffer.  Had clients continued to do business with AIG as before, the company would have recovered in reasonable time.  Unfortunately, when clients began deserting AIG, that’s when the start of the end began.  Ironically , this also means that the very stakeholders that ought to be concerned about AIG, caused it to die a quicker death.  (Ok, it’s not dead yet but if people keep not doing business with it, it will die).

lunchbreak Anyway, while surfing the news, I saw this picture of lunch-goers at Raffles Place (part of the financial district in Singapore).  Gosh.  We Singaporeans really dress very casually.  Compare this with how white-collar workers are dressed in New York or Hong Kong… and you might think this was a photo taken at the neighbourhood centre.

Ok, end of my lunch break.  Gotta rush work again.  Sigh… so tired… been working till 10pm on average for the past 2 weeks.  Got an appointment for eyebrow threading at 6pm today and I don’t want to come back to work after that so I gotta PIAH!!

WTF is wrong with Tan Chong!

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Now I’m pissed.  We lost the COE bid by $1.  WTF is wrong with Tan Chong?  If they could bid $4,388 for us the last time, why was it only $2692?  Weren’t they cutting it too close?  Couldn’t they have at least raised the bid to $3,000?

They better offer us an Open Cat COE ($3,200) with NO extra charge or they’re not going to hear the end of it from me.  Grr…

One Man’s Cooking is Another Man’s Poison

Read another article in CNA about a top civil servant getting reprimanded for writing about this family’s vacation at a top French cooking school.  Apparently, some people felt that it was insensitive of him to publicise it ‘cos it showed how out of touch he was with your average Singaporean. 

One woman that CNA spoke to said, “I think that the S$45,000 that the whole family used to travel could be put to better use at this time”.

Oh come on!  It’s his own money lor!  Why can’t he use it the way he wants to?  When the woman said the money “could be put to better use”, did she mean donate to charity?  Eh give the man a break lah.  He earned the money so it’s up to him how he wants to spend it lor. 

Anyway, the head of the civil service spoke to the poor guy about the matter.  Although it was acknowledged that whatever one does during his vacation is a private decision, to have the whole episode publicised was apparently a bad judgement call as it “stands in contrast to the values and ethos of the service…”

I don’t know if the whole brouhaha was started ‘cos he boasted of his wealth in the article he wrote or something (I’ve not read it) but assuming it was a sincere account of his holiday, people should perhaps look at it on the bright side?  Maybe this will spur people to work harder so they can go on expensive cooking holidays too?  Sigh.  I still feel sorry for the poor guy.

See!  This is why I don’t cook.  You can get fired from your job (think Thai ex-PM) or get rapped for it!

Lost in Translation

Was feeling a little sleepy after lunch so I was reading the news on CNA.  Saw this article about how Shiseido is increasing its sales of whitening products this year.

Somewhere in the middle of the article is a quote from Miriam Yeung that says, “I quite easily get dark in the sunlight. I will have a spot on my face and (this) makes me so confused and frustrated. So I think whitening is very important for me.”

Wow.  I better start using whitening products too!  Don’t want to walk around feeling confused you know.  😛

My Virtual Family…

Met some really old friends for supper last night – my Kor, Bengz, JT and YM.  I’ve known Kor since Junior Sunday School (probably when I was 8 or 9) and the rest I got to know during secondary school.  We hardly get to meet up nowadays… esp. since Kor is living in Aust. 

Meeting up on the occasion that he was back in Singapore was a good thing.  When I got home, I kinda missed the good ol’ days when we would hang out in the PC Clinic at church, youth choir practice, or during rehearsals for this musical our church put up, or just idling randomly.  Life during school days was good ‘cos of them.

Anyway, I’m happy to see that everyone’s doing pretty well.  🙂

Today also happens to be the day when my “ex-lao gong” hits 30.  Heehee.  So Happy Birthday Zounds!  Here’s wishing you many more happy 30s.  😛

1st Wedding of the Year

Attended my first wedding of 2009 yesterday.  Here’re some cool pics that Iceman took.  Downloaded the pics from facebook so the resolution’s not very good… but I guess it’ll suffice.  🙂

 

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A homemade wedding cake (that’s a photo taken from the back of the cake).  First time I’ve seen a real wedding cake!  The bride’s aunt made it for her (all 3 layers are edible).  There were also nicely wrapped individual slices of fruit cake for all the guests!  All made by the same aunt… the baking started when the aunt first found out she was getting married (think somewhere in July last year) and to preserve the cakes, brandy was injected to preserve them.  The taste was superb!  The brandy really made it super yummy.  Booze Queen would’ve liked it.  Haha.

 

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The top layer of the cake, taken from the front.  See the 2 hamsters on it?  Haha.  The bride loves hamsters… and Miki, her hamster, was instrumental in the wedding proposal… but that’s a story for another day.  (If I ever get down to it).

 

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It was really stressful throwing away utensils at the wedding dinner though.  Being extremely environmental conscious, the bridal couple got the guests to separate the trash…

 

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Oh yeah, the theme was "ethnic" hence some of us were dressed in ethnic wear.  Yup, that’s my D&D cheongsam.

 

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Zachy the page boy!  He was bubbling with excitement over bubbles blowing from this machine near the reception table.  Hehe.

 

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Doesn’t he look like he’s proposing to the flower gal?  He did tackle her later… literally… 😛

 

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2 of the bridesmaids & me.  In Jukebox’s words, "We are Singapore, we are Singapore…". (multi-racial society you know!)

 

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The 5 girls in ethnic clothes were the bridesmaids.  The maid-of-honour was with the bride.  The girl on the left in teal was wearing a Cambodian national costume, then you have the Peranakan baju kebaya, followed by Jukebox in the middle with a white Malay baju kurong top (actually I can’t tell if it’s a baju kabaya or baju kurong), a girl wearing a yellow Myanmar costume and the last girl in an  Indian sari.

 

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The starving newlyweds tucking in after the guests left.

 

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These flowers decorated all the dinner tables.  They were from Little India… click on the pic to see a larger pic… did you know all the flower buds are knotted individually?  Talk about labour intensive man…

Anyway, it was a great wedding celebration.  Congrats and have fun on your 6-month honeymoon!

Pinky Zoolander

Pinky was hopping about the house yesterday when I asked him to keep still so I could take a photo.  I’m convinced he’s a natural model.  Step aside America’s Next Top Model.

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The Zoolander look…

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking a break on his birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinky hugging mommy as he sleeps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinky, the man…

 

 

 

 

 

Too tired to upload the videos now.  Will do it another day.  Heh.  Youtube’s uploading can be quite slow sometimes.  *Yawn*.