This is going to be an absolutely geeky post. Bought the MS White Touch Mouse for $59 (member price) from Challenger today. Pretty happy with it. The touch gestures don’t excite me that much but the mouse does feel good & comfy to hold. More than anything, I’m just happy to have a new toy. At least this one clicks silently. Hahahaha. My old free Prolink mouse clicks with this really loud “tak tak tak” sound.
A colleague of mine lost 4kg recently so I’ve gotten quite used to hearing people tell him that he looks trimmer now. Two days ago, both of us met up with some prospects for lunch. One of these prospects used to work in one of our bank clients some years back and it’s been about 5 years since the prospect saw my colleague. So when we met at the restaurant, the first thing the prospect said was:
“It must have been 5 years since we last saw each other. You seem to have lost some…”
I was perusing the menu & thought to myself, “Aiyah, my colleague sure feel shiok that yet another person is complimenting him on his weight loss”.
So I bo chup’d the conversation till I heard the rest of the sentence.
OMG! I nearly burst out laughing but had to pretend nothing happened & continued going through the menu.
It’s been a long time since I’ve taken ventolin tablets. I used to have rather serious childhood asthma and the ventolin tablets i kept by my side were my lifesaver. After i grew out of the attacks, i only brought them with me when i went overseas. Just in case (the asthma attacks i had as a kid really scared me).
Over the years, i threw away all my ventolin tablets as they expired. I figured i would probably never need them ever again. Till this morning. I woke up at 5am, after 2 hours of sleep, cos i had difficulty breathing. I tried to take deep breaths but there was just too much phlegm. It wasn’t asthma cos my airway wasn’t constricted. But the phlegm was so thick, i couldn’t move it away and it made breathing difficult. I struggled to breathe/ sleep till 1045. Thought of going to Shenton Medical to see a doc (that’s my company’s appointed medical service provider) but the lazy doc left the clinic early.
In the end, i went to Guardian pharmacy to buy ventolin tablets. Took 1 in the evening and my phlegm is less thick. It’s definitely easier to breathe, though the phlegm is still covering my vocal cords so i can’t talk. Think i should start keeping some ventolin tablets in the fridge. I’ll never know when i may need them.
The throat infection’s giving me a fever too. Took a panadol & going to nap. Can’t decide if i should see my own doc tomorrow at my own cost or wait till Mon & go Shenton Medical at ORQ.
Bloody slackers! Website says they close at 1230 on Sat but when i reached at 1218, the shutters were down! Bloody hell. What’s the point of publishing your opening hours on your website if you’re not going to observe them anyway? I hate it when people give inaccurate information.
As brokers, even on occasions when our office closes early, it’s always subject to exigencies of service! I’m utterly disappointed with Shenton! And if that woman i saw while coming out of the lift was the doc? I hope she falls into a puddle of mud and catches pneumonia!
Different brokers have different way of building rapport with clients. One things I’ve concluded recently is that taking a client out for the occasional lunch or coffee may not be that effective. I guess a business lunch or coffee somehow has a very “arm’s length” feel to it. As such, people tend to be more guarded and less willing to open up.
Catching up over drinks after work, on the other hand, may be more effective. I think it’s a combination of the alcohol (which relaxes people) and the fact that people may be less uptight after work. I’m not suggesting drinking copious amounts of alcohol like how entertainment is done in Korea & PRC. But just 1-2 pints of beer, having a chit chat about family, hobbies, etc – it goes a long way in building rapport, and your client’s loyalty to you.
I just came across this super hilarious video clip.
Myolie Wu went on this talk show & she was supposed to get someone to say “I love you” to her. She called Kenneth Ma & the ensuing conversation was hilarious!
Watch the video here: http://hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.com/2009/06/ma-ming-says-i-love-you-to-myolie-wu.html
Myolie: I’ll try to call this person.
Fama & Kitty: This person is?
Kitty: A male friend.
Myolie: Ma Ming.
6 Wing: Do you think Ma Ming is okay?
C Kwan: Do you think Ma Ming is playful?
6 Wing: Ma Ming is okay playful.
Myolie: No, the problem is that it is very difficult to have him say it.
C Kwan: How about we don’t focus on that saying? We can cover a bigger area.
Myolie: But I can’t ask him if he likes me.
C Kwan & Kitty: You can!
Myolie: I can?
C Kwan: Yes.
Kitty: Obviously, that wouldn’t be the first thing you say. You have to slowly get to the topic. Start off with something like, "Actually, we are…."
Myolie: We don’t have to slowly get to the topic because when we have to ask something, we ask it right away.
6 Wing: Do you like me? You’ll say that first when you call him?
Myolie: Yes. He will immediately say, "Love".
Myolie: Yes, do you believe it?
C Kwan & Kitty: Okay, let’s try it.
Kitty: Are all of your guy friends like this?
Kitty: If so, then you should call three of them. Try calling three guys, and say to them, "I like you very much!"
Myolie: Actually, only Ma Ming is like that! I don’t know if he’ll pick up. This game is pretty fun.
Ma Ming: Hello?
Myolie: Hello, Ma Ming?
Ma Ming: Yes.
Myolie: It’s Myolie!
Ma Ming: What’s up?
Myolie: Are you free?
Ma Ming: What are you doing?
Myolie: What are you doing?
Ma Ming: I’m not doing anything. I just finished.
Myolie: You’ve done the costume fitting, and have left?
Ma Ming: Yes, I’m done the fitting, and I’ve left. Are you at the company?
Myolie: No, I’m not at the company.
Ma Ming: What’s up? What’s up?
Myolie: Nothing. Were you happy when you came over to my house for a BBQ yesterday?
Ma Ming: Happy. What’s up?
Myolie: Do you love me?
Ma Ming: I love you!
Myolie: Thank you! Bye bye!
Fama: That’s impossible!
Kitty: Why was that so easy?!
C Kwan: You guys are actually together!
6 Wing: That’s impossible! I suspect that they we doing more than BBQing last night!
Kitty: That’s correct! Why don’t you give me Ma Ming’s number and I’ll try to call him. I’ll say exactly what you said "I love you", and see what happens.
Fama & Myolie & Kitty: All right!
Kitty: We’ll see if Kenneth Ma is a very open kind of guy!
Myolie: You’ll have to tell him that you are Kitty.
Kitty: I will, no problem.
Ma Ming: Hello?
Kitty: Hello, may I speak to Mr. Kenneth Ma?
Ma Ming: Speaking!
Kitty: It’s Kitty Yuen!
Ma Ming: What’s up?
Kitty: I just want to thank you for coming on our programme last time.
Ma Ming: Don’t mention it.
Kitty: Actually, we are very fortunate to have you on as a guest.
Ma Ming: Thank you.
Kitty: Actually, after that time… I…
Ma Ming: Are you playing the Fama and Kitty show?
Kitty: Kitty show? I don’t have any whiskers.
Ma Ming: You guys are playing the Fama and Kitty show, right?
Kitty: Fama and Kitty show? What is that?
Ma Ming: Tavia Yeung just called me.
Kitty: Why did Tavia call you?
Ma Ming: She asked if I love her or not.
Myolie: It’s Myolie!
Ma Ming: Myolie, Myolie Wu!
Myolie: Hey, did you voice get cut off?
Kitty: So, the one he actually likes is Tavia!
Myolie: You came to my house yesterday for BBQ, and you say it’s Tavia!
Ma Ming: I just finished the costume fitting [for "Iron Horse Seeking Bridge"].
C Kwan: He actually likes Tavia. No one ever liked you!
Kitty: So, no one ever liked you!
Ma Ming: I mixed it up.
C Kwan: Everybody likes Tavia, and nobody likes you!
Myolie: Say again.
Ma Ming: I just saw Tavia, so I mixed it up and said the wrong "Yi".
Myolie: You just said it wrong, right?
Ma Ming: Yes, I just said it wrong.
Myolie: Then who am I?
C Kwan: Tavia!
Ma Ming: You are Myolie.
Myolie: Do you love me?
Ma Ming: Love you, love you…
Myolie: How much love?
Ma Ming: Really love. Is this recorded? It’s recorded right?
Myolie: I’ll let you off this time.
Ma Ming: Really love.
Kitty: What about me?
Ma Ming: Are you Kitty?
Ma Ming: I really love you, too.
Kitty: Do you love me more or do you love Nancy Wu more?
Ma Ming: I love Myolie the most.
6 Wing: Does he love Tavia the most?
C Kwan: He loves Tavia the most.
6 Wing: You love Tavia the most. You’ve mixed them up.
Kitty: You love Tavia the most. You should get that cleared up.
Myolie: Okay, it’s time to hang up.
Ma Ming: Do I have to record it again? Myolie, I love you!
Myolie: There’s no need to. It’s enough.
Ma Ming: It’s recorded? Okay.
Myolie: Okay. I’m finished using you now. Okay, bye bye.
Ma Ming: Okay, bye bye.
Ma Ming: Okay, bye bye!
Myolie: That’s so mean!
C Kwan: That’s not mean. It’s just that he doesn’t like you.
Fama: He loves Tavia!
I’ve always liked watching TVB serials. I probably learnt most of my Cantonese from watching these shows. Over the years, i’ve like many actors and actresses. Sadly, many have left the station so the chances of me seeing them on TV is very low. That said, i’m really happy that in the past year, my favourite 3 artistes have been on many many shows. They are… Kevin Cheng, Tavia Yeung and Kenneth Ma!!
Going to spend the rest of Sun watching more dramas. Hehehe.
Watched till a very exciting part of The Other Truth. But i need to zzz. Need quickly finish up my work tomorrow so i can visit Pinky and come back and continue the series. Heh. to
Someone tagged almost everyone in our Sec 2 class photo. Out of curiousity, i went to see how some old classmates whom i haven’t seen in decades look. My my! I must say we still look pretty good. Well maintained bunch of ladies in their 30s