Hello Apple

It’s late so this will be a short post. Just to share that i bought an iPad 2! Still not an Apple fan though. Biggest gripe is that i can’t control simple things like deleting certain photos from my iPad without deleting it from my laptop album.

What i do like is its portability. Will be using it mainly for blogging on the move, checking Weibo, viewing videos of my bunnies and Angry Birds!!! Haha. Ok. It’s almost 3am. Gotta sleep. Going to be a zombie tomorrow!

Slipshod Work

I was told by a trade credit underwriter today to ignore a list of typos i found in the policy cos they don’t affect the policy’s coverage, terms and conditions. As this policy was not placed by me, i left it to the relationship manager to decide whether to insist on correcting the mistakes or not.

That said, I’m not too pleased with this attitude and mindset. Sure, i know we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. But a policy document is a legal contract. Shouldn’t errors be rectified? Do we let mistakes slip by juz cos the client’s first language isn’t English and thus they may not notice?

I don’t think I’m being difficult cos these were errors i spotted on FIRST reading. I wasn’t even paying any special attention but the errors jumped out at me. If i read the policy a second time and focused on spotting errors, I’m sure I’ll find dozens more.

I’m really struggling to accept this sort of slipshod work. I am not pleased.

Fringe

Just watched Fringe on Channel 5. Feel so sad for Olivia. For her pain when Peter couldn’t recognise the alternate her from the real her. Sigh. How sad. Hope this isn’t the end of them.

(This is my 1st attempt posting from the iPad. Haven’t decided if I should get one too. Hmm…)

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 7)

We did a day trip to Otaru.  Really beautiful little town.  Reminds me of those towns you see on Christmas cards.  Absolutely lovely!

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One of the shopping alleys in Otaru.

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Winter… one of the rare times Winnie is fully clothed…

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Some eatery in Otaru.

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Otaru Canal by day.

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Chef cooking our tempura lunch!

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I love scallops!!

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Fantastic cakes!

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Beautiful shops.

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Otaru Canal by night.

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One of the best sushi I’ve ever had… from Waraku in Otaru.

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The ingredients dwarfed the rice!

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Loved the tuna!

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Scallop sushi like no other!

That wraps up on long awaited post on Japan. Hahahaha.  Smile

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 6)

Photos from Shibuya & Shinjuku… more eating & shopping!

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I’ve forgotten the name of this restaurant but they specialised in omu rice. The food was good! Loved the salad starter too!

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Various types of omu rice & baked rice.

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Yummy…

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The famous 4-way crossing at Shibuya

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My first meal coupon meal!

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Tokyo is really pretty during Christmas (Shinjuku area).

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All the shops are lighted up.

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Mosaic Street, Shinjuku

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Delicious tonkatsu!

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I loved this yuzu salad dressing!!!

Ok… my next post will be the last on Japan…

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 5)

Meiji Shrine & Harajuku… the Japanese love to dress up… whether it’s the traditional way… or in an outlandish manner!

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Entrance to Meiji Shrine

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Lots of kids in traditional garb.

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Love the detail on their gowns!

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Ok.. so some kids were cuter than others…

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Obasans in kimonos

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Saw a ceremonial dance.

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Traditional Shinto wedding

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Harajuku

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Cosplay in action

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It’s crowded on Sundays…

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More cosplay in action

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Dinner at Watami

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Grilling our own stingray!

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*Slurp*

I think I’m going for Japanese dinner tonight…*drools*

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 4)

The great thing about Tokyo is that there are so many facets to it.  There’s the vibrant city life with all the lights & shopping, and laidback neighbourhoods like Daikayama where there’s this really delicious waffles place, and Canal Cafe, the most scenic cafe I’ve been to ever!

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Daikanyama’s such a pretty neighbourhood!

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Saw this really cute stone house on our way to this waffle place.

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The waffles were DELICIOUS!

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Soooooooooooo good…

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They had savoury waffles too!  (Yes, the 5 of us ate THAT many waffles.  Hehe).

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Entrance to Canal Cafe.  This place looks straight out of a story book!

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Funny sign near the counter where customers place orders.

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Such a peaceful cafe.

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Really love the deck.

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So tranquil even fearsome predators lay back, relax & enjoy an iced coffee.

Hehe.

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 3)

Sightseeing in Tokyo…

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Tokyo street @ sunset.

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Imperial Palace, Tokyo

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Traditional Japanese women

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Ginza area, Tokyo

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A local buying breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market.

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Corn on the cob, anyone?

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Really crowded at Tsukiji Fish Mkt in the morning!

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Yummy breakfast!

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Sedap!!

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Asakusa, Tokyo

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Love the trinkets on sale!

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The temple at Asakusa

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More pics taken from the temple grounds.

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Tokyo Tower

More pics coming up in Part 4!!

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 2)

Continuation of my favourite pics from Japan.  Sigh.. seeing the photos make me want to go Japan again!

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Hakodate & Hakone

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Goryokaku Star Forte at Hakodate.

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I really love the autumn leaves!

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Check out the generous serving of ikura!!

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Hakodate city at sunset.

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I just thought this was really smart – a baby seat to free up mothers’ hands while they do their biz.

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Yummy Japanese curry rice from this shop at Shinagawa JR Station.

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Food stall along the streets of Tokyo.

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Train to Hakone

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Hakone’s really beautiful!

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Taken at the onsen where we stayed.

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Stingray being grilled!

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Cable car to the top of Mt Hakone!

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That’s Mt Fuji in the background.

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Temple gates

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Temple (forgot the name)

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The obasan getting ready our dinner at the onsen!

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Mt Fuji at sunset

That’s it for Part 2!

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 1)

This post has been long in the making.  I know I’ve said a few times that I will eventually post my Japan photos… but never got down to it.  Problem is that I took loads and loads of photos and after uploading them to FB, it just became too much effort to post the photos here.

That said, on this hot Sun afternoon, I’ve decided to just pick my favourite photos & share them here.  I originally wanted to diarise my trip my doing a day by day post of what I did in Japan… but like I said… it’s just TOO MUCH EFFORT!

And for those expecting the last instalment of my HK (Mar 2011) trip photos.. sorry lah.  Change my mind.  Hahahahaha.

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Sapporo & Furano

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Pokemon plane!

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Another cutesy plane!

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First taste of ramen in Japan.  My favourite combination – scallops, butter, corn & char siew!!

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Even the construction work signs are so cute.

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Sapporo Clock Tower

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Pretty leaves & berries.

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Tiny houses at the Shiroi Koibito chocolate factory.

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Pretty wedding cakes!

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More pretty cakes!

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Patience enjoying the view at the cafe at the chocolate factory.  (Well, she was enjoying the view before taking the pic).

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Yummy chocolate!!

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Love the reflection.

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Choo!  Choo!

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Love the colours of this pic.

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Char siew being flame grilled (Sapporo Ramen Alley).

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The end product – the best char siew I’ve ever had in a ramen!

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Squid ink cheese from Sapporo Cheese Factory.

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I’ve always liked this sort of long paths framed with trees. Smile

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Lavender scooters at the Furano Lavender Farm

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Lavenders at the green house at the farm.More photos coming up in Part 2!!