the grand budapest hotel

I enjoyed comedy film The Grand Budapest Hotel (though I disliked the ending, which was too Life Is Beautiful for my tastes) and was therefore quite amused to see this article in the Telegraph:

At the time of writing, the Grand Budapest Hotel was rated 1 of 1 hotels in The Republic of Zubrowka, having received 46 reviews which described it as “excellent” and only five that found it “terrible”.

Someone calling himself TheSamSolomon said: “My only complaint is the staff seem to be living in a different century- no one could find me an iPhone lightning cable nor did they know what an iPhone was. Also, the internet connection was almost non-existent. Zero was a great help though and he had many great ideas, he seemed a little bit deluded at time. But that must be the altitude.”

Click here to read the article, and click here to read the TripAdvisor reviews on this amazing institution! :D

visiting the banks

I’d been using POSB’s MySavings Account (MSA) to pay myself first since I started working way back in 2010. Then in March this year, I switched to a variant of this scheme, eMSA (which was available for only a limited period), as the interest rates were slightly better.

But then, over the past few months, as I started my journey of growing wealth, I began to realize that I didn’t really need this special account anymore as I had the discipline to do it myself. Also, because I kept withdrawing funds from it, so the remaining money earned very low interest.

So early afternoon last Saturday (19 July) I popped by the nearby POSB branch to close my eMSA account, and informed the teller that it was because I had outgrown it. I had already transferred everything inside to my normal POSB account, but to the greatest amusement of both the teller and me, there was actually still $0.02 in interest left.

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hong kong loves weird english names

Devil. Whale. Chlorophyll, Violante, Treacle — you name it, Hong Kong probably has someone who goes by it. The former British colony is obsessed with weird English names.

Unusual appellations have been found on people of all kinds. The secretary for justice is Rimsky Yuen and the previous secretary for food and health was York Chow. Among celebrities, there is a Fanny Sit, Moses Chan, and Dodo Cheng. Models? We have a Vibeke, Bambi, Dada, and Vonnie. But lawyers take the prize. There is a Magnum, John Baptist, Ludwig, Ignatius, Bunny and four — yes, four — Benedicts.

Odd names make for odder situations. Last July, police arrested a woman named Ice Wong with 460 grams of ice — the drug, not frozen water. Months earlier, the law caught up with Devil Law when he was brought before a judge for drug possession and crashing his car into a bus. In 2010, a woman called Cash Leung was jailed for paying cabbies with fake cash.

I agree that most of the monikers that the writer mentioned are pretty peculiar, but why ‘Moses’ or ‘Benedict’? Anyhow, check out other unusual English names that Hong Kongers gives themselves here!

his friends know him as petroswickonicovick

Then there is Petroswickonicovick Wandeckerkof da Silva Santos, a 12-year-old soccer prodigy who has begun training with Corinthians, one of Brazil’s leading teams. Even in a country flooded with amazing names, his 19-letter first name and 12-letter middle name have raised eyebrows.

The boy said it took him awhile to learn how to pronounce his own name. His father, José Ivanildo dos Santos, a soccer coach, has been repeatedly questioned about the choice.

“The woman at the notary public’s office thought it was terrible and called me crazy,” Mr. dos Santos said in a televised interview. “But I told her I’d name my son my way.”

Read about the weird and wondrous variety of Brazilian names here!


Yesterday I was 26 and today I begin my 28th revolution around the sun. :)

counting down the days

Five more days to go!!! :D

counting down the days

Ten more days to go!!! :D

the last lap

An update on my 100k by 26 goal: less than 5k to go!!!!!!

when the boss is coming……

Today’s Google Doodle is super cute and funny!

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Try to squeeze in some football during your office meeting, but watch out!

from here

When the boss is coming…… flip the channel quickly! Also, notice that both graphs are showing downward trends? A consequence of the World Cup? Though to be fair, I guess this occurs in offices everywhere, even without the globe’s biggest single-event sporting competition going on!!! :P

counting down the months

11 months have flown past!!! One more month to go!!! :D

the beautiful game

I knew the World Cup was going to start sometime in June but I had no idea that it was going to start TOMORROW (well, at 4 am local time tonight really) until I saw the Google Doodle today!

Not that it really mattered in the least, since my interest in football is basically close to zero……

i’m an entj, destroyer of worlds

I know this is supposed to be a satire (it’s The Onion after all!), but at the heart of every satire is a grain of truth……

Of course, no ENTJs are exactly alike. Sure, we all like to talk. We like to be the boss. We can all move through the universe unrestrained by any law of physics and treat every so-called heavenly body as a mere plaything worth but moments of our attention. But just because I plunge my fist through a planet doesn’t mean that every single ENTJ is going to follow suit. We’re extraverted, intuitive, and nearly omnipotent, not clones.

If you’ve never taken the Myers-Briggs test, you should definitely do it. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the people around you. And if you end up an ENTJ, welcome to the club!

If not, you will kneel.

Read Sara Alford’s humorous article, ‘I’m An ENTJ, Destroyer Of Worlds’, here!

a markedly different perspective

While writing my previous entry about Goh Lay Kuan’s interview with the Straits Times (ST), I googled to see if anyone else had shared their thoughts on it, and came across this post, penned by Kampong Academic. While the ST interview was relatively benign, Kampong Academic reveals a markedly different perspective of Goh.

I also read through some of the other pieces on Kampong Academic’s blog, Unravelling 1987 – which is, as I guessed correctly, named after the ‘Marxist conspiracy’ arrests of 1987. Overall, his site is pretty interesting and definitely worth a visit.

evolving a singaporean culture

The Straits Times recently published an interview with local dance pioneer Goh Lay Kuan. This part made me do a double take……

As a pillar in the arts community, do you think we have evolved a Singaporean culture as we approach 50 years?

Someone said to me: “I’m not Chinese. I’m Singaporean.” I asked for his name and said: “Sorry, that’s a Chinese name. Give me a Singaporean name.” Do you think by singing Geylang Sipaku Geylang, you’re a Singaporean?

When we first came back, we were proactive in working with Malays and Indians, to have a basic understanding of each other’s culture. This will create mutual understanding. Today, our “basic” is: “We all like laksa and char kway teow.”

Goh Chin Lian, The ballerina who overturned tables, The Straits Times, 3 May 2014 (available online in two parts, here and here)

But, what exactly is a Singaporean name?

none of them can be proven scientifically

Way back in 2006 (almost a lifetime ago!), local blogger Mr Wang wrote about delivering a speech on youth empowerment. In his blog post, he reflected on his speech, and ‘realised that if it had failed in some way, then a good explanation for its failure lies, once again, in Myers-Briggs (it’s uncanny the number of things Myers-Briggs can explain things)’.

He felt that it was because his MBTI personality type was INTJ, so his speech ‘turned out to be a classic reflection of the INTJ’s thinking patterns’. As an INTJ, he believed that it is possible to achieve great things, and constantly expect great things to be achieved. But few people are INTJs, and thus ‘there seemed to be students who seemed sceptical when (he) told them that they could achieve great things’.

That blog entry generated quite a number of comments, many about the MBTI. And I like this comment, by an unknown Anonymous, best of all:

Indeed there are some who regard Carl Jung as an idiot. Others regard him as the father of modern psychology.

I guess God, MBTI and the everyday phenomenon of falling in love have one thing in common. None of them can be proven scientifically.

(In another comment, freud’s friend writes: ‘Whenever you see big changes happening, there’s a good chance that an INTJ is there somewhere. Or an ENTJ. These two types are the Gods of Change in the MBTI system.’ Yes, dear reader…… I am an ENTJ! :D)

And personality tests continue to fascinate me.

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