Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012!


In another 2 hours' time, will be the arrival of year 2012.  My dear friends, are you currently out there partying with your friends?  Or are you having a tranquil moment with your family or loved ones?  Wherever you are, I wished that, may all the pain and sorrows in the past 1 year be gone, and a great and blessed year for you and your family in the coming year.  Happy 2012!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

原創:一个人私奔


渴望有一股冲劲,
带上一点点傻劲,
加上一点点勇气,
抛开所有的枷锁,
不理会世俗眼光,
不在乎他人想法,
想要一个人私奔!  

在我的世界里头,
忘却所有不必要,
扮演自己的主角,
主宰自己的人生,
 享受孤独的感觉!    

孤独未必是寂寞的…

灵感自:香港作家,王迪诗 (Daisy Wong)的《一个人私奔》

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bye to Page One & Here comes the Warehouse Sale

Page One Bookstore will be closing down it's Singapore Operation in Feb 2012 due to high rental fees, yet, this home-grown chain will continue to operate in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Thailand.  Doesn't this sound ironical?

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Just a reminder to Page One vouvher holders / Page One members:Page One Gift Vouchers need to be redeemed at VivoCity store, redemption will not be accepted after 19 Feb 2012.
My One Card privileges will continue to be valid at all Page One retail stores in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand.

For further enquiries, you can send an email to
marketing_sg@pageonegroup.com and Page One commit to respond within the following 48 hours.
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Anyway, with this soon to be closing down, Page One will be having their Warehouse Sale during this year end, details as below:

Date: 30 Dec 2011 - 2 Jan 2012
Time: 10am - 8pm (ends at 6pm on 2 Jan 2012)
Venue: 20 Kaki Bukit View, Kai Bukit Techpack 2, Singapore 415956
(Free Shuttle Bus Service will be provided at Bedok MRT Exit A on 31 Dec 2011 - 1 Jan 2012 only)

Is MRT still a safe mode of transport?

Each and everyday ever since the major MRT hiccup on 16 Dec 2011, we heard different scenarios of train delay / unforeseen issues.  The NEL line went short circuit just on boxing day and "loud bang" was heard, or rather to some of the commuters, an "explosive bang" was heard.  Friends who are travelling extensively on MRT are now having phobia, not knowing when the train will have another unexpected breakdown.

I vaguely recalled our Transport Minister, Lui Tuck Yew, said that it's not necessary to conduct thorough health checks on Circle Line and NEL when thorough health checks are to be conduct on East-West and North-South bound line trains on 18 Dec 2011, does he still stand firm on this? I still remember raising my concern on this statement by our Transport Minister in my previous post. In fact just before the incident, the circle line also had a severe train delay, so is it really not necessary to conduct a through check?


I seriously hope that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will look into this as MRT transport so many commuters each day, the danger that they are now posing to us, should anything major hiccup happen; is in no way less than terrorism. 

We, the commuters are made to pay and pay for increasing fare for the so claimed "improved service / trains", but in the end, we only see the increasing fares contribute to the shareholder's bonus dividends payout and yet we do not get the deserved "improved service / trains".  So is it fair to just keep on increasing the public transport fares and taxing the low / middle working class when cars are unaffordable with the high COE cost, and high taxi fares, and yet the most affordable mode of transport - MRT is keep giving us unforeseen circumstances that may attribute to our increasing risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks.

To my understanding, every now and then, the MRTs undergo regular checks, so I really do not buy the excuse that this series of "train faults" is due to the rainy season.  I now question how these regular checks are being conducted and how professionally done?  I think both SMRT and SBS Transit are answerable to us the public commuters, and not only to the shareholders.

I do not want "one day free ride" on MRT, which some of the public suggested in lieu of imposing heavy fine to the MRT operators, I would rather, freezing of fare hikes for the next 3~5 years since they are not even able to provide the basic service level.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

《那些年,我们一起追过的女孩》搞笑版 — 《那些年,我们一起堆的废柴》

相信许多人对于王祖藍的认识,是他一个出色的搞笑演员。但其实,他是个极有才华的艺人!除了搞笑演出以外,他也经常为多首歌曲,重新填词并重新演绎。虽然,多半以搞笑形式演出,却依然不可否然他不仅模仿得惟妙惟肖,并且经常一击即中,点出扼要!这次,他选择了篡改《那些年,我们一起追过的女孩》 ,令人不禁开怀大笑!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

《那些年》A Capella 版本

九把刀Plurk留言留意到他推荐这两个女生所翻唱的《那些年》。这两个女生以甜美清纯的歌声演绎A capella 版本,极为出众,并深深吸引着我。感觉上, 她们像是来自香港,经过一番搜寻后果然证实了我的猜测! 这两个女生就是Robbynn & Kendy! 我在Youtube里听了她们其他的演绎,虽然是翻唱,但歌曲经过她们的重新编曲后,拥有一番独特的韵味,而丝毫不感到厌恶。相反的,有些歌曲还带来了额外的惊喜,不比原唱者逊色,甚至令人感到有种青出于蓝的感觉…

她们的清脆的歌声,配合着简单的乐器,带来了一股清新的气息。假以时日,若她们有机会发片,必能在娱乐圈发光发热!

现在就一起欣赏她们演绎的《那些年》A Capella 版本吧:

1984 / 那些年(原唱:Swing / 胡夏)

再听听她们其它歌曲的翻唱:
 
 思念是一種病 x Where is the Love (原唱:Wong Lee Hom 王力宏 / Black Eyed Peas)!


你是我的女人 (原唱:Andy Lau 劉德華) 

Monday, December 26, 2011

白色圣诞

你是否曾希望能够在白茫茫的雪地里渡过白色圣诞? 穿上毛茸茸的袜子,在极冷的冷气室里,能否感受到那寒天地冻的浪漫氛围?

灵感自︰张小娴

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! 圣诞快乐!

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Wishing all a Joyous Christmas with your family and happy holidays!
祝愿大家与家人渡过一个欢愉的圣诞节并假期愉快!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

原創:真正的我


五光十色的世界里,
以不同的我面对你。
你眼里的我,
是怎样的我?
怎样的我,
是真正的我?
你永远不会知道…
那个真实的我;
就像我眼底的悲伤,
你永远不会明瞭…

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SMRT Song by Dee Kosh

This Guy is quick to come up with the SMRT song soon after the few rounds of train breakdown / disruption of service. Quite a funny song but definitely heart felt by most...


V1:

Young man -if you dont know how to drive
Young man, you wanna screw up your lives
I said young man - if you're late for work
You dont take no comfort cab because
YOUNg man - surcharge is 6 to 12
and you can
have some money yourself
And you can
take the mrt
Take the circle line --- thats if you mind

CHORUS:
you're late when you will take the
SMRT
you know your late when you take
smrt
break the glass when your stuck
then you walk in the dark
orchard road to outram park

SMRT
you know youre late when you take
smrt
tell the boss you'll be late
Tell your teachers to wait
MISTER paik hwa we dont hate

V2
Wednesday
The Circle line was down
Saturday
everywhere also down
and on sunday
they say will start at 10
until 11 also havent

SIAW EH
what you expect us to do
NAH BE
That means - go get your horse ok?
Wa Lao eh
You give us surcharge somemore
We complain so much singapore!


You may download the song here.

Disclaimer:  There is no intention of vulgarities, contents are merely following per original lyrics.

原創:雨天,浪漫否?


雨天--可以很浪漫,
亦可以很不浪漫。
嘀嗒嘀嗒的雨声,
好像那悸动的心;
连绵不断的雨,
一丝丝的凉意,
带有一丝哀怨;
感觉好不浪漫…
但,当全身湿淋淋,
穷像那落水狗时,
又何谓浪漫可言呢? 

Monday, December 19, 2011

原創: 雨中情


大雨,
倾盆而下;
嘀嗒嘀嗒,
滴落心中。
眼前景物,
一片模糊,
分不清;
是雨滴,
还是泪水,
模糊了视线…

[注]
望着窗外雨中景,灵感涌现…
为这张昨日用手机拍下的照片配上这段文字,希望大家会喜欢 :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

SMRT Train Service Down Again...

Again, this morning, the SMRT train service is down and service is disrupted from 7:09am to 1:48pm. Just within 4 days, the trains service got disrupted 3 times which is certainly unacceptable by the Public. There have been many complaints and unhappiness about all these incidents. There have been much inconvenience caused to all, especially when it happened during the peak/ rushing hours to work / off office.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has now stepped in and ordered a public inquiry, after trains on the North-South line broke down on today morning - the third MRT disruption in four days.

A thorough check of the rail system shall begin on Saturday 17/Dec after the train services end and MRT service on Sunday 18/Dec for the North-South and East-West lines will start later at 10:00am instead of usual 5:30am, after all checks are done. Services for the Circle Line and North-East Line will not be affected though.

While Transport Minister Mr Lui said that it's not necessary to conduct "thorough health checks" on the Circle Line and North East Line, I find the statement a bit... Shouldn't the same mentality be adopted to preparing for terrorism?

Most are aware the Circle line is down too just not long ago, is it true that we need not carry out a thorough check for the entire network instead? Shouldn't be countermeasure be taken to avoid having similar issues happening ago to the rest of the train service lines, instead of waiting for things to happen to take the corrective action to remedy the situation?

Anyway, back to the topic of service disruption. Hereby, I would like to gently remind all who are planning to travel early tomorrow moring North-South or East-West direction, that the train service will not be available until 10am, however, there are shuttle bus services services provided during the interval of 5:30am-10:00am. You can check out the SMRT website for information on shuttle bus pick up points.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Train Breakdown Again!!!

Just within 2 days, the Circle Line and the North Bound Train has broken down one after another. However, yesterday's SMRT train breakdown must be one of the worse in 24years that took more than 5hrs to resolve (from 6:55pm - 11:40pm)

The disruption is supposingly caused by a damaged third rail between Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall MRT stations. The faulty third rail damaged the collector shoes of four trains, which caused all of them to stall:
- One train at Braddell station
- One train before Orchard station
- Two trains at Dhoby Ghaut station

Hundred of thousands commuters were stranded at Orchard MRT station and other Marina Bay-bound stations. Many passengers were trapped in the train, and eventually someone resort to smashing one of the cabin windows with a fire extinguisher to allow ventilation.

I wasn't really affected by the train service disruption but was dismay by the fact that when I reached Somerset MRT around near 7pm, I saw this flashing message, but when I was about to head home, I saw the same message still flashing. It is only when I shared the photo on Facebook that I started to gather what has happened actually. And some has shared that their fellow colleagues/ friends are stuck at the train the station for near 1 hour+ before informed by the train station staff that the train service is not available!

Then when I head towards Raffles Place MRT from City Hall MRT, the train stopped twice in the tunnel and I start to wonder if I need to expect myself to be the next victim to be trapped in the tunnel. Thank God, I did not... When I reached Raffles Place MRT I realised it was in a Chaotic. Everyone showing a blur face that the train isn't stopping at the usual platform and some are still confused and unsure of whether their intended journey path is affected.

When I got home, I saw this Facebook post of outrageous "Income Opportunity" Alert by SMRT to their affiliate SMRT taxi fleet. Instead of showing empathy towards the affected commuters, they jump on the fact this is an opportunity for earning income!


From the way SMRT handle the whole incident, I personally find there is insufficient transparency on communicating to the commuters on what's had happened which is happening all this while whenever there is a train breakdown. And this is an obvious case of lack of contigency plan. And making it worse, the "income opportunity" alerts and staff being angered for disruption of service not being their fault, truly shows a lack in empathy and staff training.



** pic1 is photo shared from twitter (source unknown)

** pic2 is snapshot using my mobile phone camera

** pic3 is photo originates from Mr Loh Boon Teo

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

随想

成天忙忙碌碌也不知为了什么。为了混口饭吃? 还是为了做金钱的奴隶?
是时候放缓脚步,停下来关心周围的人与物。。。 甚至是关心自己!

好想倾听自己,却又不得不面对现实。心中的拉锯战有谁明了?
但,深想一层,究竟是不得不向现实低头,还是没有勇气面对失败?
这样的拉锯战已来来回回在脑中盘旋;
该倾听自己的心,还是该跟着理智走?

心中有太多的顾虑,放不开,就是放不开!
努力告诉自己要放开,要试着放开!
敞开心房,勇敢拥抱梦想!

已到了老大不小的年龄,是时候该好好地规划自己的人生。
不想就这样白白过了我的一生!

如网络作家--九把刀,所说:“人生就是不停的战斗!”
要努力,我要努力克服心中的恐惧及一切障碍!
在有限的人生中,添上几笔色彩,不要留白!


灵感源自:近期周遭朋友的际遇;卢广仲的《慢灵魂》;吴若权《倾听幸福的心声》讲座;及九把刀座右铭。

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sonigear 2011 WareHouse Sale

Are you in need to change your Sound System, PC speakers, headset or even Keyboard but has got a tight budget? Or rather, you prefer to spend your money wisely on a budget so that you can set aside spare cash for something else.

If so, this may be of interest to you. Sonigear will be having their 2011 Warehouse sale this coming Thu - Sat (12-15Dec 2011). Some of these items on offer are really worth looking at. Imagine $1 for a PC speaker set, and laptop bags from $6 & onwards.

The Sale venue is at 1 Kallang Sector #04-05, Singapore 349276. Most convenient way of travelling to there with minimal walking will be via SBS transit bus 125 @ opposite Aljunied MRT before Lor Bakar Batu. Do check it out!

Friday, December 9, 2011

谢谢有你!

这一生中,难免遇到不如意之事;但,我庆幸,总是能够遇到贵人,伴我度过最艰难的时刻,让我能够从挫折中茁壮。这一夜,我的心又再痛;但,再苦的日子都会过去;不经历风雨怎么见彩虹?
朋友们,谢谢你们对我的关爱,有你们相伴,我感觉到很幸福;纵然这一刻,我的心依然倘着泪。。。

Sunday, December 4, 2011

McDonald's Curry Sauce for you?

Are you aware that the McDonald's curry sauce in Singapore has been changed not only in the packaging, but also on the ingredients? They have not remove allergens, in this case peanuts, from the production process. Commonly heard feedback from McDonald's Singapore Facebook Page is that taste is no longer the same and it seems to be more watery and dilute than before.

I can't comment much on this since it really depends on individual taste bud and moreover, I have yet tried it out. I would think removing the allergens from the curry sauce would be a nice gesture for those people who suffer from peanut allergy. However, since many feedback that they prefer the old curry sauce, would McDonald's consider bring the old curry sauce with peauts and offer both types instead as suggested by some curry sauce fans?

But there are people who are trying their luck to take chance to earn big bucks from this change. Someone is trying her luck to sell a going to expire soon McDonald's old curry sauce with peanuts in ebay with a starting bid price of S$250.00? But who in the hell with correct state of mind will bid for this? And of coz the ebay deal closed without any bidding, lol...

P/S: Picture extracted from McDonald's Singapore Facebook Page and eBay.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Gifting by Starbucks

Starbucks is kicking off their '12 Days of Gifting' promotion with this amazing throughout the first 12 days of December.

For today 1/Dec, you just need to purchase any Grande-sized Christmas beverage (Toffee Nut Latte, Peppermint Mocha, or the new Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha – hot, iced or Frappuccino) and enjoy another on Starbucks!
They are also starting to sell Christmas Merchandise and I spotted something i like! But I realised some of these merchandise may no longer be available in some of the outlets. I wonder if I still can get it :PThis 10oz double wall plastic tumbler comes with a polar bear right at the bottom; the glittery snowflakes makes your Starbucks beverage taste extra Christmassy, isn't it? And this Christmas Bearista® Polar Bear is so cute with the red apron and candy cane.


Look at these Christmas ornaments that feature signature Starbucks® cups. You can get the red holiday cup (foreground, available as a single cup) or buy a set of 4 which features 3 cups with Starbucks logo evolution through the years and a special Christmas 2011 design. I so wanted these though I do not have a Christmas tree...


You can keep track of all the on going promotion of Starbucks via Starbucks Singapore Facebook page! Do you start to feel Christmas in the air?


P/S: Photos & Pictures extracted from Starbucks Website and Starbucks Singapore Facebook page.