Archive for March, 2015

I just met a man who had his name tattooed on the space between his thumb and 2nd finger of his left hand.

I wanted to ask him whether he had cognitive problems or whether that was for people to recognise him when he is passed out drunk.

Jeff called me on Sunday morning out of the blue and told me that he attended this life changing conference and wanted to share it with me. So I agreed to attend his closing tonight.

It was interesting and I can see how it could be life changing but I did not sign up in the end.

I did however have a really nice 4 hours chatting with Jeff. We haven't spent that kind of time together since we were like 18?

I think this was after A levels. Jeff broke up with his first girlfriend and he called me in the immediate aftermath. I met him serious early in the morning on the other side of the island and we went swimming and shooting pool at his father's country club. Then we went to his father's shop and ran into said ex-gf and her new beau.

Since then, we haven't really had the luxury of spending all this time together just talking or sharing silence.

It was nice. We both agree that we should see each other more, and meet for lunch next week so that I can pass him the stretch mark cream I bought for his wife.

Can't wait to meet his kid in August 🙂


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Seen in case –
"He was waiting to see a doctor at the polyclinic but decided to engage in sexual intimacy when he realised the queue was rather long."

I'm sitting in an empty courtroom waiting alone to see a judge. Next to me is a door leading to one of the mediation chambers next door. I can hear someone crying and shrieking next door recounting her family difficulties to the mediator. I can't not hear it because it is so quiet. This is awkward.

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You mean I cannot do my Sunday morning swim?

A Hainanese special, home made by my mother 😀

The annual carrot cake begins!

The men of my family.

Ran out of chocolate at DADD of Daddy. ARGH!!!!!!!!!

Finished! But now I have this little bitsy of chocolate in my icing pen from the re-melt. Nevermind. I'll just squirt it down the kiddies' throat! 😅

My carrot cake recipe –
Cream 125g butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 2 tbsps honey or golden syrup (in this order) together.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, 1 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp nutmeg.
Fold in 3 grated medium carrots (about 2 cups).
Split batter into 2 8-inch tins which are buttered and lined.
Bake in 175°C oven for about 30 minutes.

The icing is made of 90g cream cheese, 45g butter, rind of 2 oranges and 2 1/4 cups of icing sugar. Then I pat the sides with coarsely chopped walnuts.

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Random thought while doing dishes –

Does the refusal to place my dishes on my overhead drying rack and the supposed inability to remove the cloths which are hanging from the low ceiling of my laundry yard constitute a fear of heights?

I took the kids to the cemetery for 清明 for the first time.

They had a lot of fun burning joss paper.

My parents do a very simplified ritual involving mostly fruit.

It was quite a nice morning.

I took these picts also because I got an email from the kindy stating that I should equip S with photographs of his family celebrating some festival together. While I have loads of photographs of birthdays, I haven't got any pictures of specific festivals.

So I decided to troll the kindergarten with picts of 清明.

See the family resemblance?


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It's been a month since the cleaning uncle stopped me at the 37th floor lift lobby and told me he was finally retiring. For the last 11 years, he said a cheery "Good morning, lawyer!" to me every day when I board the lift to work. I would stand in the corner while he wiped down the lift buttons.

One day I was in the train with him on my way home and found out that he was unmarried and lived with a sister and had been working in the building for the last 30 years after his business failed.

I kinda miss him. The new guy isn't so friendly. Hope he is coping well with retirement.

A picture which considerably brightened up my morning 😀

Most days I can tolerate people making jokes about how small and insipid my work is.

Today is not one of those days.

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While leaving my mother's place to go to work, a guy asked me for money to buy food. I led him to the nearest coffeeshop to buy him a meal. On our way to the coffeeshop, we met a guy who was dripping soya sauce into the drains.

It's like all the weirdos are out today. I should go and hide somewhere and be as quiet as possible for the rest of the day.

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I was walking past the "Remembering Lee Kuan Yew" billboard in the train station musing over a story I was told by ex-boyfriend's father.

According to the ex-boyfriend's father, Lee Kuan Yew was fanatically fengshui-conscious. So when the MRT was to be built, he was told by his fengshui master that the tunnelling would adversely affect the fengshui of the downtown area.

What was then to be done? LKY then ordered the release of the gold $1 coin in the shape of a bagua so that thousands of commuters travelling in the train would carry these coins in their pockets to counter the bad fengshui.

Not sure if this is a true story or just an urban legend but I do remember as a child being delighted when my father sometimes gave me these coins for my piggybank. When the train was first built, I remember riding from one end to the next with my parents in wonder.

No one can deny the legacy LKY had left behind even in these little mundane everyday things.

At the same time, it is a bit like waking up to a new day. It doesn't hit you immediately because you have been under a shadow for a long time. But one day, you'll look around and marvel at the new brightness and realise that what you do with this bright new world that you are now in is far more important than what was done in the shady past.

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