Happy Weekend

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Bella managed to get leave on Friday so we decided to go AMK's Ichiban Sushi for brunch.

Left: Her Favorite
Right: Her Favorite 2

Left: Her Favorite 3 (She eat a lot)
Right: My Favorite "3 layer pork"!

Right: Our Favorite but not I take one cause its blurry :P

Then on Saturday I decided to bring Bella to a secret place to have our brunch that I made a reservation beforehand. Took us about 30min to reach our destination after changing 1 bus service.

Left: On the way
Right: A warning sign that pose zero danger to Bella

Left: Our theme for the day is sporty couple! She wearing my shirt though (can you guess the event of the shirt?)
Right: Tada reached the place. Its the good old Thomson Plaza where most of us went to after our Secondary School X-Country at MacRitchie (memories~~ hur hur)

Secret Place that is not revealed till we reached hehe

Food Galore!

For the price of $20 per head (dim sum buffet), I wouldn't say its not worth it. However, there isn't much variety there. I just ate the usual har gao, siew mai, chee joing fan, deep fried pork. Worth a try.

After our nice lunch, we stroll around thomson plaza that we have not been to after we left our secondary school. The usual interior is still the same but with an extension behind. A nice walk to digest our food, we proceeded to take a bus down to Suntec. Thankfully there is a direct bus service from thomson plaza to suntec. Never mind the long journey (45mins) because we think that its a luxury to sleep after a heavy brunch/lunch. Bella "dunno sleep until where" (if you get what I mean).

We reached Suntec at around 6.30pm. Knowing that we have booked a show at 9.10pm, we decided to walk around Suntec to kill time. It was really meant to be a "walk-around" just to kill time but we ended up with quite a number of "hoots" that we were happy about.

I went into several sports shop just to take a look at soccer boots as my current one kept giving me blister and bloodclot perhaps due to the tightness. Some of the boots are dirt cheap ($20+, $30+). Unfortunately, they do not have my size.

Then I went to the Royal Sporting House below and tried 2 boots. I bought the white one, its Nike Tiempo Air Legend II if I'm not wrong.

Bella bought this slipper

After we walked out of Carrefoure, there was a huge event (waiting for Bella).

What could make Bella more happy (other than me) than WINE?

See how happy she is

Left: She bought this super nice wine at a super nice price of $19.90.
Right: Our hoots for the day

Our eventful day ended with the movie Terminator Salvation at Marina Square. It was really nice and strongly recommend you to watch it if you are Terminator fan (duh...). Again, blessed with a central location with superb transport link network, we took a direct bus back to my home where we have a short nap (again).

P.S I just got back from my Sunday morning soccer with my new boots and I think I bought half a size bigger :(


Heard of mobile iris?

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Good news for those who are still pursuing studies in the western part of Singapore. (NTU, NUS, SIM, NP, SP etc) PublicTransport@SG had extended their free to use real-time SMS bus arrival notification to 31 Dec 09.

More information here.


Military strike warning

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Tensions between US, South and North Korea are getting tighter (ok I know I should not have write "South and North Korea" together). Will we finally witness the long hatred between N.Korea and S.Korea been brought into the military battle fields?

SEOUL - NORTH Korea said on Wednesday it was abandoning the truce that ended the Korean war and warned it could launch a military attack, deepening tensions two days after testing an atomic bomb for the second time.

The strongly worded announcement came amid reports the secretive North, which outraged the international community with its bomb test on Monday, was also restarting nuclear fuel work that could make plutonium for an atomic weapon.

Defying international condemnation, the regime of Kim Jong-Il said it could no longer guarantee the safety of US and South Korean ships off its west coast and that the Korean peninsula was veering back to a state of war.

'Those who have provoked us will face unimaginable merciless punishment,' the statement on the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, blaming Washington and Seoul for the latest turn of events.

The North's anger was provoked by the South's decision to join a US-led international security initiative, established after the September 11 attacks, to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

South Korea joined the so-called PSI after the North Monday carried out a second nuclear bomb test which was far more powerful than the first test in October 2006.

The PSI, which includes more than 90 nations, provides for the stopping of vessels to ensure they are not carrying weapons of mass destruction or the components to make them.

'Any tiny hostile acts against our republic, including the stopping and searching of our peaceful vessels... will face an immediate and strong military strike in response,' the North Korean statement said.

It said its military would 'no longer be bound' by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean war - in which the United States fought on the side of the South - because Washington had drawn Seoul into the PSI.

With no binding ceasefire, it said, 'the Korean peninsula will go back to a state of war.' The North has taken an increasingly harder line with the international community in recent months, testing a long-range rocket in April, several missiles over the past few days and its second-ever nuclear test on Monday. -- AFP



Just recovered from a bad stomach flu

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Had a stomach flu on Sunday night at around 1am. Recalling the food I ate on Sunday, I had fishball noodle and oyster omelet with Bella for lunch and chicken curry, fried prawn and fish for dinner with her family. I guess I might have missed out some vege and fruits for the day which results in stomach flu.

Recalling one of the night in my Army days when I had a similar encounter that I could not sleep all night due to the continuous pain, I went to see the MO (Medical Officer) in the morning. He diagnosed that I have suspected appendicitis and sent me to the hospital A&E. There, my pain actually subsided quite a fair bit but the symptom for appendicitis was still there. Apparently, if you press and release your bottom right stomach, the sudden release will cause a sharp pain; thats a symptom for appendicitis. So, I was still warded for a good 2 nights as a guinea pig for those young doctors. I actually looked like the fittest patient Tan Tock Seng Hospital ever have because I move around freely and eat freely and I was not displaying any single sign of distress at all.

Left: Dinner Right: Breakfast
Hospital's food is not really that bad as some proclaimed. And of course I finished them all :)

Left: The things that accompanied me during one of the night. A Real Estate book by one of Robet Kiyosaki's mentee, a mp3 player, TV remote (ya my ward was shared among 3 others and each of us have a TV) and a phone to call Bella!
Right: Bella ish always there for me! :P

How bad is this stomach flu? Its even worse than the above one but however I was not warded, thanks to the second doctor I visited where he gave me the medicine to ease the pain; the first doctor only gave me the medicine for to get rid of the stomach "wind" and help with the "digestion". But the horrible torturing is due to the pain instead. Hence, I was left to suffer for the whole afternoon thinking the pain will ease after taking both medicine. My condition did not improve and I was groaning all day.

Eventually, I went to see the doctor again and then asked for a jab and some painkillers. With Bella's TLC and feeding me dinner, I ate about 4 spoon of porridge (cooked by my sister, no need to guess the taste hahaha) before trying to sleep. I tossed around as the pain prevented me from doing anything, even sleep! Somehow or rather, I managed to fall asleep and by the time I woke up from my 2 hours nap, the pain subsided and I was a free man again! (free to do anything).

I am a guy who seldom visit doctor for any illness unless its a severe one. Ever since i was enlisted into Army, I had 3 major illness. Time to take good care of my body!

Thank you Bella for the TLC, thank you Sister for the tastless but still edible dinner lol

N.B. Oh did I mention that Newcastle lost the match to Aston Villa when the whistle blew at 1am. And it was the match that caused my beloved Newcastle to relegate to Championship next season? Is there a correlation? hmmm....


Youth's last moments captured

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THE final moments before Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student David Hartanto Widjaja fell to his death were captured on a mobile phone by a fellow faculty mate.

Fourth-year electrical and electronic engineering student Lin Zhenxing was waiting for the lift with a friend, Mr Liu Yan, when they spotted Mr Widjaja - alleged to have stabbed his final-year project supervisor, Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk, during a meeting - sitting on the rooftop of a link bridge three floors below them.

Mr Lin whipped out his mobile phone to record Mr Widjaja through a glass window, for about eight seconds, before he called campus security using the phone.

Meanwhile, Mr Liu, a Chinese national, called the police.

While both men were making calls, Mr Widjaja allegedly pushed himself off the rooftop, falling four storeys to his death.

The phone's memory card, which contained the footage, was handed over to police at the scene.

It was screened in court yesterday at the fourth day of the coroner's inquiry into Mr Widjaja's death on March 2.

A total of 10 witnesses - including NTU staff and students, Mr Widjaja's online 'wife' and a forensic expert - took the stand.

It was also the first time Mr Widjaja's family, who had flown in from Indonesia, viewed the footage.

The footage was grainy and shaky and showed Mr Widjaja sitting by himself on the rooftop of the bridge, first looking down and then to his right - before the clip ended. His legs, shorts and T-shirt were seen to be covered with blood.



Words Women Use

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1.) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means half an hour. "Five Minutes" is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with "Nothing" usually end in "Fine". (Refer back to #1 for the meaning of "Fine".)

4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it!

5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about "nothing". (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of "Nothing".)

6.) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. "That's Okay" means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you -- do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome.

8.) If you say so: Men, take note: this is a trick. This is THE statement that means the opposite of what it says. When a woman says, "If you say so," she actually means, "you're an idiot; I can't believe I ever married you, and you better realize how lucky you are every day of your miserable life." She will then issue forth a loud sigh (see #5), and assign you a task worthy of your limited intelligence (although you will NOT be given the "five minutes" as discussed in #2).

9.) Whatever: Is a women's way of saying F@!K YOU!

10 .) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking "what's wrong", for the woman's; response to be "nothing" ( refer back to #3 for the meaning of "Nothing") .


Prof recounts knife attack

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NANYANG Technological University (NTU) student David Hartanto Widjaja turned up unexpectedly at his professor's office on March 2 morning, after avoiding him for a week to discuss his final year project.

He was supposed to see Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk on Feb 26 morning together with several other final year students but he didn't show up. Prof Chan then moved the meeting to the next morning but this had to be rescheduled to 2pm that day as the professor was engaged with two other students that morning. Widjaja did not come in the afternoon.

Three days later, he walked into Prof Chan's office at 10.25am. What followed was an exchange which ended in Prof Chan, 45, being stabbed and the 21-year-old electrical and electronic engineering undergraduate falling four storeys to his death from a bridge.

Prof Chan who was Widjaja's project supervisor, recounted the moments leading to attack on that fateful morning in his conditional statement when he took the stand on Thursday on Day Two of a coroner's inquiry into the Indonesian student's death fall.

He told a packed courtroom that Widjaja came to his office on March 2 morning, saying he wanted to discuss his final year project. Widjaja then produced a thumb drive, claiming his work was stored in it. Prof Chan had problem running the programme on his computer, which showed nothing. To which, Mr Widjaja insisted that he had indeed done the project.

During the exchange, Prof Chan noticed that Widjaja's voice was turning shaky. Moments later, when his back was turned against Widjaja, he felt a blow on his back. He spun around and saw Widjaja wielding an 18-cm knife coming for him. Prof Chan said he tried to block with his arm and fell to the floor.

He said Widjaja attacked him again but he managed to grab the knife, breaking the blade from the handle. A struggle followed, during which Widjaja fell back and hit a metal filing cabinet in the room.

The professor then tried to run out of the office but was blocked by Widjaja. He managed to push Widjaja aside and ran towards the students' graduation office a few metres away. While being tended to by staff, Prof Chan said it was then that he realised that he had been stabbed in the back by Widjaja.

The professor suffered a cut on the tendon of his right index finger and needed five stitches for the wound on his back. He was given 20 days' medical leave.

Prof Chan said that as he was running away from Widjaja, he glanced back briefly and heard the Indonesian student shouting from the door way that he blamed the professor for the whole incident.

He said he did not know what happened to Widjaja as he was rushed to hospital, and only found out he had died from the news.

The inquiry continues.



Great fashion sense!

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This dude got a great fashion sense (because he got a LV bag).


Greg the Comedian

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Exams are over!

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But I am not happy at all because 2 of the papers are killers i.e. new type of questions came out which are different from the past 3 years. Really caught many of us by surprised and hopefully they would do some moderation, if not there might be a similar failure rate as CFA papers!

Anyway, since there are not much use crying over spilled milk now, I shall concentrate on my deserved break (Just feel that UOL exams paper is really #)($&#$)(&#, most of the papers are a test on your English and understanding of the concept as a whole. This means that even if you study diligently throughout from beginning to end of semester, you would still lose out to a smart guy who chiong in the last few weeks and who managed to interpret the question correctly because he has a better English language!)

Enough said about the exams. Trying to work towards to be a principle-minded person, I shall forget about my exams and concentrate on my holiday! So many things are waiting for me; swimming, jogging, soccer, a whole list of books, and maybe learn a few more dishes!

Few weeks ago, I sent out more than 20 resumes for a 3 months temp job but to no avail. NO ONE called at all, how depressing is that. And the job alerts I received are xxx firms representing xxx insurance company wanting to view my resume from jobscentral. But the good news is that I am going for another internship interview on Monday at a particular S&P500 company in Marymount for some accounting position. Hopefully I could clinch it since the labour market has so much excess supply (Reminds me of my econs paper yesterday which I hope I can just pass! :( ).


The President Gets Laughs at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Cooking Perfect Steak

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Can Obama shoot a ball?

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Lets see.


Labour Day Brunch and Dinner

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Brunch: Prawn Aglio Olio Peperoncino

Basically, aglio means garlic, olio means olive oil, peperoncino means pepper/chilli and prawn means... prawn.

The ingredients
Chilli Padi (Removing most of the seeds)
Garlic (Tons of it)
Parsley Flakes (Seldom have readily fresh parsley in my supermarket here)
Spaghetti Pasta
Glass Prawn
Anchovy (With capers in olive oil)

Closer look at the chopped ingredients

The secret ingredient, anchovy!

Deveined prawn

Final Dish

Easily prepared, easy ingredients, whipped up in less than 30min if you are familiar.


Bella enjoying the pasta in her little chair

Dinner: Fried Fish, Oyster Kailan, Guo Tie

Bella frying her fish (ages since she last stepped into kitchen!)

Her fish plus my sauce!

Left; Guo Tie bought from downstairs
Right: My usual oyster sauce Kailan