Published Monday, 28 March, 2016
amusings , school , unorthodoxies
One of the more curious things that four years of secondary school instilled in me is a love of…… filing. Yes, you read right. Filing.
Back then most of the teachers would collect our files for each subject, in the middle and close to the end of the school year, to check that all our handouts and assignments were in order. Imagine the number of files they would have to go through! We’d get a score for the condition of our file, which would count towards our final grade. It seemed like a really straightforward way to get full marks, so I’d always put my file together diligently. (Proper filing also made it easier to revise when the end of year exams came around – which I guess was probably the teachers’ point.) I’m quite proud to say I usually got full marks or something close to it.
13 years after graduating, I still enjoy punching holes in my documents (mainly personal finance these days) and arranging them in the right files. Ah, the joys of filing!
Thursday’s child…… has far to go…… (for me, in all senses of the phrase, I think!)
Was born on a Thursday, and my birthday is on a Thursday again this year, so…… :D
(Delicious salted caramel cake with pecans from Lynda Ann Cakes, located deep in the heartland of Bedok North Street 2. The bakery’s run by a secondary school senior of mine. Go check them out HERE!)
This morning I tendered my resignation to my biggest boss M. Before I entered his office, I thought that I could coolly pass the letter to him and then just walk out. Turns out, I couldn’t…… I started tearing the moment I sat down. 顿时百感交集: relief, joy, sadness and a multitude of emotions washed over me. It was exactly like a phrase I had once used in my primary school Chinese compos: ‘打翻五味瓶’……
My letter was a simple announcement of my resignation, and the rationale I gave was: “As a female teacher from Henan, China, recently wrote in her resignation note of just ten words: ‘世界那么大，我想去看看’!” My boss accepted the document, and finally the deed was done.
PS I wonder why resigning is also known as ‘throwing letter’ in local parlance, which strikes me as being rather negative. Is it because it is nearly always carried out in unhappiness, when the employee is at the end of their tether?
Published Wednesday, 22 April, 2015
musings , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
And I think…… my next adventure has quite possibly…… found me……
Published Saturday, 18 April, 2015
musings , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
MRTed all the way to Westgate, at the other end of the island, this morning. Had arranged to meet a certain someone over coffee. I had an interesting time. Perhaps I could call it…… a life-changing experience……
Published Thursday, 5 March, 2015
amusings , gastronomy , la famiglia , unorthodoxies
Today’s Yuanxiao Festival, which marks the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration period. It is a tradition to eat tangyuan on this day, I popped into the nearby Mr Bean outlet on my way home, and bought three bowls of tangyuan (only those with peanut filling were left) in soya bean milk home for the family. Everyone enjoyed the dessert tremendously! As did I! But most of all, I can’t believe CNY is over! Definitely need to find some other New Years to make a big fuss of!!! :D
Published Wednesday, 16 July, 2014
amusings , gastronomy , goals , mathematics , unorthodoxies
The cube of 3 is 27, of course…… :D
Pistachio Symphony cake from The Patissier – pricey but worth every cent!!!
Published Sunday, 4 May, 2014
linguistics , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
Eastern Health Alliance – now that’s a name straight out of a martial arts novel (translated into English, of course)!
Incidentally, they are called 东部医疗联盟 in Chinese, which (in my opinion) sounds a little way too modern to be a term that could be possibly used in a wuxia story…… :P
Published Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
c'est la vie , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
It’s 11.44 am, I’m sitting at my table, and there is a humongous storm going on. I can hear the rain pouring, wind howling and thunder rumbling. It’s an absolute adventure out there! Too bad I’m stuck at work!
Published Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
amusings , gastronomy , goals , unorthodoxies
My birthday cake, a Mont Blanc cake from Patisserie Glace in Republic Plaza……
‘Z’ because it’s the 26th letter in the English alphabet…… :)
My brother asked if I’ll have ‘1’ on my cake next year as numbers come after letters…… well, probably not, but I’ll have a whole year to think about what to write……
And yes, it was rich and creamy and delicious too…… :D
In the run up to my impending birthday…… one last hurrah before I turn 26 next Tuesday!!!
photo taken by my brother (using his new HTC smartphone >.<)
Bought myself a prebirthday (or unbirthday, if you must!) cake today! It was the Coco Exotic cake from Four Leaves! And it was delicious!
Anyway, a Pythagorean triple consists of three positive integers a, b, and c, such that a2 + b2 = c2. And it so happens that 3, 4 and 5 make up the smallest Pythagorean triple. (3, 4 and 5 are also consecutive positive integers!) Check out other examples here!
Published Saturday, 23 March, 2013
linguistics , science , unorthodoxies
image from here
Why do moles grow hair?
A few days ago, I was on the train home when I noticed this uncle standing a few metres away from me. On one of his forearms was a large, okay gigantic, black mole, which had sprouted a bunch of thick black hair. (HAHA don’t even ask me why I notice such things! :X)
Continue reading ‘you learn something new every day’
Published Monday, 25 February, 2013
all dressed up , digital life , unorthodoxies
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!