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halfway there!

This afternoon, I finally reached level 20 (highest: 40) in Pokemon Go. Have also caught, evolved or hatched 76 (out of a possible 141) Pokemon. In fact, I just hatched a grotesquely adorable Mankey today!


Earlier this evening, I sat down on a bench next to a Pokemon Go gym, which was located a couple of streets away from my house. Battled several opposing teams and won a few times, but somehow could not take over the gym. (Still can’t figure out why!)

20 minutes later, I remembered that Pokemon Go was the path to madness, and went home for dinner.

gotta catch them all!

Just started watching the Pokemon anime on Youtube, right from the very first episode where the protagonist Ash picks his starter Pokemon, Pikachu. To my surprise, most Pokemon can say only combinations of syllables in their names and/or just random grunts and squeals.

I find Team Rocket, the villains, extremely funny. The group, comprising Jessie, James and their Pokemon sidekick Meowth (the only Pokemon who can speak English perfectly), spend their time trying to kidnap Pikachu. Whenever they appear in front of the good guys, they will recite their motto thus:

Jessie: Prepare for trouble!
James: Make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world with devastation!
James: To unite all people within our nation!
Jessie: To denounce the evil of truth and love!
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Jessie: Jessie!
James: James!
Jessie: Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Meowth. That’s right!

Such bombastic baddies. And you gotta love their corny and cold jokes. For example in ‘Island of the Giant Pokemon’, Jessie and James are escaping from a giant flying Pokemon and run rather painfully into a large sign. As their predator swoops off, they conclude they were lucky to hide behind this sign and that ‘it’s a good sign!’ HAHAHA.

As this is a kids’ cartoon, Team Rocket are the underdogs – so they definitely get my support! Just can’t believe I missed out on Pokemon all these years!!!

resistance is futile

Pokemon Go was released in Singapore on 6 August. I held off downloading it for more than a fortnight…… and finally gave up the struggle late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them! (Prior to this, I had never watched a single episode of Pokemon in my life.) Anyway I work in the Central Business District  and noticed that people were placing lures at virtually every single PokeStop in the area the whole day round. And I noticed that once the clock hit six, all the Gyms nearby burst into life with the flames of battle. Clearly there are lots of bored office workers around!

leaves returning to roots

My friend Elizabeth flew off on 25 July to begin a yearlong teaching stint at an international school in Foshan, China. So I was chatting with her on Facebook earlier……

E: the work load here is very heavy
at least for me

Me: aiyo… nvm you can do it
just think of your ancestors when they made their way to sg in rickety boats
they did it
you can too! 💪💪

E: Yes!!!
hahahah i like that analogy btw…
it really made me LOL-ed

the insidious reach of facebook

On Thursday, I went shopping at Orchard Road. Was at Ion Orchard when I spotted a list of newly opened stores, including British jewellery brand Monica Vinader, which I eventually went to check out.

The next day, I noticed that Facebook suggested I like Monica Vinader’s page! H0w on earth did they know I’d been there just the day before?! This brand recently came to our shores a few months ago, and is somehow currently trending, so Facebook’s brilliant algorithm automatically proposed its page to all the people who fit its potential customer profile, and the fact that I had just visited its boutique was just a coincidence…… But still! How scary is the insidious reach of Facebook!


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It’s 10.30 am on a Saturday morning, and I’m back in the office for half a day. Facebook is being ridiculously cheerful. Grrr!


My JC senior Cheryl, a teacher, posted this status on her Facebook wall earlier today:



one step at a time

On Friday night, I finally signed up for a Pinterest account, and immediately started adding photos of interior design to my various boards. I feel like I’ve gotten just a leeeetle bit closer to owning my dream home. :)

be like bill

Opened this EDM from The Outnet and was greatly amused to see that they had jumped on the Be Like Bill meme bandwagon:

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Happy birthday to Wikipedia! Just found out that my favourite online encyclopaedia (not that I have a favourite offline one :P) turns 15 today. Which means that it began life in 2001. And that’s amazing, cos I only discovered it when I entered university in 2006. Wondering how I could’ve missed it for five whole years! (In comparison, Google started in 1996 (but the internet wasn’t as ubiquitous then), and my computer studies teacher in Secondary 1 told us about the search engine in 2000.)

two countries separated by a common language

Wanted to change the inbox date format in my Gmail account from MM/DD/YY to DD/MM/YY. Googled and one solution was to switch my language setting from English (US) to English (UK). Which I did, and promptly noticed that my Trash folder was now appropriately renamed ‘Bin’!!!

word of the year


tears of joy emoji

So Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year is not a word, but the pictograph above. An emoji! Pretty apt since emojis are all over social media these days. As they wrote: ‘There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, (…) but (this emoji) was chosen as the “word” that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.’

Incidentally, this particular emoji is the one that I use most frequently in my Whatsapp conversations. Interestingly, this emoji’s official name is ‘Face with Tears of Joy‘, but I (and most of my friends, I suppose) have interpreted it as ‘Face with Tears of Amused Resignation’!






you learn something new every day

191015 3Was checking up something on Wiktionary yesterday when I noticed the ‘In other languages’ bit on the usual left sidebar. There was a language that I had never seen before. A simple google search revealed that this language was actually Cherokee! The development of the Cherokee syllabary is pretty interesting too.

how to fix the opposition

Just read this blog post and I thought this comment (by a certain ‘Hard Truths’) was gold……!

Let us start from the bottom of the list you have provided:
Reform Party [“Singaporeans are stupid”]:: The irony is that the biggest xenophobe of all, Kenneth Jeyaratnam’s, father was an FT (Sri Lanka) and his wife and son are FT (UK). Gilbert Goh, whose wife and daughter are FT (Australia) becomes the xenophobe-in-chief of RP. However KJ and his party’s biggest short fall is that they question Singaporeans’ intelligence. What was KJ thinking when he put Ravi and Roy (whom Ravi accused of swindling money in public) in a team to take on the PM? Singaporean voters paid back by booting out RP with the lowest vote share.

+ How to fix RP:: Not possible, just windup so that Andy Zhu can attend his phone calls anytime

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