Archive for February, 2013

taking a step back

Spotted on Whatsapp this afternoon……

Sze Yong: 退一步,海阔天空

Daphne: 退一步,掉进垄沟

Sze Yong: Your one much better; you win *horrified scream emoji*


hokkien clams

A snippet of a conversation with Daphne on Whatsapp this morning……

Daphne: Me and some p2 [Primary 2] parents chitchating abt schools and clans.. I typo and ask how to join hokkien clams

Me: *thumbs up emoji* good one

Daphne: Lol

Me: I join cantonese oysters

And there are also the Teochew mussels and Hainanese scallops too, I suppose……

emeritus pope

So the Pope is resigning due to age and declining health – news that has greatly astounded the world. Whoever knew that a pope could resign?! And indeed, Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in 600 years (since Gregory XII in 1415).

The Vatican has just announced that Benedict XVI will be known as ’emeritus pope’ in his retirement and will continue to wear a white cassock. Which amused me greatly, as it was strangely reminiscent of  an official called the Emeritus Senior Minister in another tiny country half the globe away.

As Dr NFA aptly put in a Facebook update on her wall today: ‘So the world will soon have an Emeritus Pope. Who will wear white. Clearly, the Vatican City has studied best practices at another small city-state.’


the solitary diner

Lunch at Caffe Pralet again today!

Ordered a set meal comprising a main, a dessert and a drink ($15).

My main was a roast chicken and avocado sandwich, which tasted as good as ever.


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white paper

So the Government released its Population White Paper recently, which ignited fierce debate from many quarters. And then I found out that ‘white paper’ was actually ‘白皮书’ in Chinese.

Suddenly, I realized what the title of Taiwanese idol drama 《爱情白皮书》 meant! (Its English title is actually Tomorrow.) I had always thought they’d used ‘白皮书’ because it was a term that sounded vaguely romantic. But no, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

SY informed me that there is also the term ‘green paper’, which isn’t really used in Singapore. I guessed (correctly!) that it is called ‘绿皮书’!

The Chinese Wikipedia entry for ‘白皮书’ also notes that the governments of different countries use different colours for their documents, and the names vary accordingly.  How interesting!

how i choose my handphones

I realized some of my friends actually research phones whenever it’s time to get new ones. As for me, I’ve never done that ever.

I just use and use and use my phones for years. (Got my first phone in upper secondary – it was a Panasonic GD75 and shared with my sister. Since then I’ve had a Sony Ericsson K700 and a Nokia 5320 XpressMusic, and I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830. (What were the phones you’ve had?)  That works out to be approximately one phone every 2.5 years, which does seem like an eternity in this fast-paced age.) When they’ve become really cui, it’s time to change phones!

Without doing any prior research, I just go to the SingTel store, change my plan and see which phones I can get for the least amount of money, or better still, free! Then I choose the nicest one. LOL. Clearly, I’m not a techie person!

But I suppose this method works for me as I’m not fussy about phones. As long as they have all the essential basic functions, I’m good to go!

probably a rhetorical question

Does anyone not suffer from Monday blues?

you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them

I studied Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for Literature when I was in Sec 2. This part, near the end of the book, never fails to make me cry……

We came to the street light on the corner, and I wondered how many times Dill had stood there hugging the fat pole, watching, waiting, hoping. I wondered how many times Jem and I had made this journey, but I entered the Radley front gate for the second time in my life. Boo and I walked up the steps to the porch. His fingers found the front doorknob. He gently released my hand, opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him. I never saw him again.

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Google this!

(sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(6-x^2), -sqrt(6-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5


the solitary diner

Decided to spoil myself and went to Caffe Pralet for lunch today.

Ordered a set meal comprising a main, a dessert and a drink ($15).

My main was a ham and cheese sandwich, which was rather light. The cheese wasn’t too bad but the ham tasted like those cheap picnic types. They should use better ingredients!


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perhaps regret

Did you ever wonder…… what it could have been?

terrible day

Today was a terrible day. It was terribly difficult to drag myself out of bed this morning and go to work……

amen ramen

Third day of Chinese New Year today. Met a sorta new friend, A, for lunch at Ramen Santouka in The Central. How can anyone ever get tired of ramen? Amen.

As I had Shio Ramen during my previous visit, I opted for Shoyu Ramen this time, and ordered an extra egg to go with it.


The ramen, chockful of ingredients, was as good as ever. I usually prefer strong-tasting food, but thought that the flavours of the shoyu soup were a bit too heavy for my tastebuds, and I preferred the cleaner taste of the shio soup.

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korean bbq

Second day of Chinese New Year today, and somehow my brother and I found ourselves home alone. >.< So we decided to go out for dinner at a nearby mall. Most of the eateries (and other shops) were closed, but SsikSin BBQ wasn’t!

The restaurant features a Korean barbecue buffet ($24 per person for dinner) with a dozen types of meats in various marinades: about half are beef, and the rest, pork and chicken. We tried nearly all the meats. I am not a fan of beef but I thought the beef bulgogi was the nicest! One type of chicken with a similar marinade tasted pretty good as well. There were also other meats like sausages (which we didn’t bother with), prawns (which didn’t taste fresh) and bacon (which tasted really hard and horrible). There was also a large variety of kimchi, pickles and other condiments to go with the meats.

My brother did the cooking mainly!


Actually we just threw everything haphazardly onto the grill set in our table. But we noticed the tables on both sides of ours cooking their items in a neat, systematic way. We should do that next time!

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c’est la vie

This new year, some people get married, some get pregnant, some give birth, some fall down and are warded in hospital, and some die……

C’est la vie. That’s life.

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