Temporary Authority

There’re different forms of authority that we need to learn to submit to. When we volunteer for a project, we have to respect the instructions & guidelines set by the project organisers.

Sure, nobody’s paying you to do volunteer work. You may even feel that you have a better way of doing things; but if everyone ran off & did it their own way, the only result is chaos. Then instead of doing good, you’re really just getting in the way of others.

If you strongly believe that you have a better way of doing things, then approach the organisers & discuss about implementing your method. If it’s decided that it’s not feasible, then listen to them for they are the temporary authority in place.

Naughty Kids

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t enjoy scolding kids.  In fact, I feel somewhat bad towards their parents when I tell kids off because they don’t belong to me. 

The issue I have, however, is that I cannot tolerate destructive behaviour.  Kids throwing toys on the floor, scribbling/ doodling on property that don’t belong to them, that’s a big no-no to me.  I also cannot stand it when kids behave inconsiderately, e.g. littering, dirtying the place, flinging things around (as it may hit others) & walking indoors or stepping on furniture with their shoes on.

Sometimes their parents may not be around and thus there’s no one to stop them.  Sometimes the parents may be lenient and think “it’s ok”.  Some people even tell me that kids nowadays are different.  They cannot be scolded & disciplined the way our parents disciplined us last time.  But why are the standards different now?  Aren’t we the cause of it?  By tolerating such behaviour, we are the ones who’re fostering bad habits & lowering the standard for the next generation.

Having spent 2 weekends surrounded by kids, I’ve decided that if they deserve to be scolded, then they deserve to be scolded.  If their parents feel heart pain, I’m sorry.  But if your kids do something wrong by my standards, then they will learn to deal with the consequences.

Sorry in advance for any distress caused (to parents).

Nokia’s Further Self-Destruction

Read with disappointment that Nokia has kicked out some developers from their Nokia Developer Champion programme just because they (so far) only developed for Symbian.

I wonder if Nokia realise that some of these developers never needed to develop for other platforms because the earnings from the Symbian apps they wrote were enough for their monthly income (even till today) To me, this clearly shows that the apps they have developed are popular ones. It only makes sense to want these apps to be developed for WP too.

With Nokia’s latest move, the message sent to these developers is that Nokia doesn’t reward loyalty. Is there any point in them supporting WP then? I think not. If i were one of these developers, i would jump ship to Android or iOS now.

Stupid move, Nokia. Stupid move.

Damotory Korean Wine House

Went to Damatory to celebrate a friend’s birthday last month.  The food’s pretty good & they have a wide range of Korean alcohol (beer, various types of makkoli, soju, apple cider wine, etc).

Here’re the pics of the more memorable dishes (truth is, the rest of the food was gobbled down before I could take a photo).


Pork belly (eat with lettuce & sauce)



Noodles with sea snails, fish cake & octopus



Rice cake!



Food coma…



I love Makkoli!



Clarke Quay in the evening


Damotory is located at:

11 Unity Street
#01-30/31 Robertson Walk S237995

Tel: 62356787


I realise people who take photos fall into 2 broad categories.  There are those who take artistic photos and there are those who take photos to document the moment.  I definitely don’t fit into the former as I don’t have an artistic eye.  Furthermore, although there are many apps that can edit photos & add effects, I’m always very unsatisfied with the results – because I have this strong inclination to reproduce/ present the photo in the most accurate colours as possible. 

I suppose I feel this way because when I snap a picture, it’s to preserve the memory of that moment and thus I want it unadulterated. 

Anyway, had lunch with friends at Dean & Deluca today.  Here’re the photos (taken with the wonderful Nokia 808!!)



Dean & Deluca, Singapore (Orchard Central)


Sauteed brioche french toast with salted caramelised bananas & fresh berries.  (Really yummy!!)


Colour sugars


Iceman bought tomato sauce for making pasta


Can’t remember what these contain but I really liked the wooden box


The preserved pears looked really tempting…


Saw some people rock climbing too…


Though they were on metal rungs…