28 February 2014

Suddenly Feel So Fucking Fed Up

So many things ran through my head just now, if you have been following my blog these few days, you would know I'm currently looking to buy a resale flat with my wife i.e. move out of my parents house. So the first instance my mother knows about it, first thing she said to me was even if I move out, I still have to continue to give her some allowance, I kept quiet, my father was right behind her, he just smiled a little and waved his hand downwards, as if telling me not to mind my mother.

To be honest, I don't mind giving both of them allowance if it is within my limits, regardless of whether I am staying with them or not, which children don't want their parents to be able to live comfortably? But I just find it very unfair, look at my sister, when she was staying with my parents i.e. her, her husband and two young children, also to mention me, my wife, my father and mother, total of 8 person squeezing in a 3-room HDB flat, that time she only gave my mom $350 per month, I also gave the same amount, I know they have two young children so I didn't complain.

After they moved out to their own 3-room BTO flat, they stopped giving any allowance, so what happened? My mom told me to give her more, from $350 to $500, I didn't argue with her, I just quietly agreed since she pays for the groceries and does the cooking on weekdays and some cleaning, but weekend groceries and cooking is done by my wife, my wife also does most of the cleaning in the house, actually the arrangement never changed, only the amount that I have to give increased, but well, I look at it as one way to prevent conflict, if that extra $150 can keep my mom quiet, so be it. Anyway she pays for the utilities bill, conservancy charges and etc, I pay for the internet and cable TV, everyone in my family uses the internet, only my father watches the cable, I even subscribe a premium channel for him, and of course it's free for him. I pay for the aircon cleaning, I pay for anything when we do go out together but that is extremely rare, I can't stand going out with my mother, she will always say something to piss me off, even my wife cannot stand her trash talk.

So it has been almost two years after they moved out, they still come back for dinners frequently, they even stay over the weekend, that really puzzled me, they have their own home, why the heck would they want to stay here? It's not like their home is hours away, one journey probably takes no more than 45 minutes if they take the bus, how far is that? By the way they don't pay for anything when they dine here, my mom pays for everything, and where did the money come from? Me and my father. My father gives her allowance every month, I have no idea how much he gives though, in case you are wondering, she is not working. After eating, they even bring home, usually I will feel rushed to eat finish fast so they can bring home, especially when they eat first, they will eat and chat for hours, by the time me and wife eat it's 9PM+, my father knows I'm pissed off but I don't flare up, I usually keep it inside to avoid conflict, so nowadays he always asks me and wife to eat first, my parents also asked them to bring a lot of stuff home, they don't ask whether me or my wife want it or not, like during CNY, my father had a hamper given by his friends, nobody asked whether I want anything or not, they just gave everything to my sister.

Now you should have a good idea why I feel so fed up, my sister paid lesser than me when she was staying with us, now that she is not staying with us, she doesn't give my mom any allowance and my mom seems to have no complain, for my case, if I move out, she actually expects me to give her allowance? My sister has her own HDB flat, she has two children aged 6 and 7, what about me? I have nothing, no house no children yet, don't I need to save for it? And yet her expectations of me are higher, I don't get it. By the way my father has fully paid off his 3-room flat, according to my mother, they intend to leave me the flat, actually I don't need it, I thought they should keep it for their retirement, give me for what, not as if I can't afford my own place, and I have already made known to them my opinion, I even told them to rent out my room should we move out, they don't even have to sell it, it's their retirement nest, I remember last time my sister told them to sell their flat to buy one unit with them, luckily my mother didn't agree, I wonder what my sister is thinking, how can she even suggest that.

Sometimes I really feel angry with my mother, she always like to talk nonsense, even go as far as compare me with my brother-in-law and sister, he's earning more money than me, managerial position and etc, I don't really care, it only makes me furious, if he is so capable, why the heck would he need to dine here for free? Stay here for free? Dine here and then bring home? I kept quiet the first few times she told me those rubbish but recently my temper got worse and I lashed out at my mom, I told her straight in her face that if he is so capable, he wouldn't need to dine here for free and got himself into a mountain of debts, she kept quiet, nowadays she tries to avoid saying something wrong again, she knows I am very sensitive with her rubbish talk, I also can't be bothered to try to talk nice anymore. Oh by the way my sister is claiming parent relief for income tax when she isn't even giving them any allowance, fucking awesome right, but I kept quiet, my parents don't know about it, yeah yeah because I know they have two young children, I'm such a nice guy right, so fucking stupid.

Sigh fuck this shit, I just hope to get my own flat ASAP and get the hell out of here, I don't really want to see them anymore, life doesn't have to be so stressful, I'm holding a lot of unhappiness inside me by staying with my parents, you may see a wall of text here but I haven't finished, there's just so many other things that I'm unhappy about and can't do anything about, the only way out is get my own flat and get out, to all you people out there, try to get your own place if possible, there's a Chinese saying that goes something like it's easy to meet but not easy to stay together, it's very true, when people live together, there's bound to be friction, somebody has to bear with it in order to avoid conflict and as the person bearing with it, I can tell you it's fucking stressful trying to keep the peace because I know if I lose it, that's it, there will be chaos, so no matter what I must bear with it, sigh... Sibei tulan.

Friend's Property Agent Friend Called me!

I thought he was never going to call, he gave the impression like he doesn't care, I thought as with all the agents that we approached, they don't seem to care because our budget is low, that I can understand, maximum I can pay is $270K, 1% of that is $2,700, I think they will probably only get half of that which is $1,350, but what to do, that's as much as I can afford without stretching my neck. So today he surprised me by messaging to say that he will bring us to a few units in Commonwealth, very nice of him, I only told him I'm interested in one unit but he got a few for us, good, hope we can find one that we like, one that is better and cheaper than the one in Jalan Kukoh, but seriously, I still like the one in Jalan Kukoh.

But I think it was because I spoke with my friend, this morning I met him and told him about his property friend, I think maybe he messaged him or something, after a while, his agent friend dropped me that message, I think without recommendation, it's very hard for people like me with small budget to get a flat, if I were the agent, I probably won't bother too, such low return rate, I will think it's not worth my time, seriously $1,350 is nothing to them, heard from my property friend doing condo new launch, one unit he can get 3 to 4% commission, that's like $30,000 to $40,000, so what's $1,350?

Anyway yesterday I called an agent I found on propertyguru, I was interested in her unit, in the end she told me she was not the salesperson and she will get the right person to call me, until now, no news, very strange if she is not the salesperson, why put her contact information there?

27 February 2014

Got My HLE Letter!

This time HDB made me happy, I thought they are going to take 2-3 weeks, but guess what, I got it 3 days after submission! I submitted on the 24 Feb, and I only submitted all required documents on 25 Feb and today 27 Feb I got the letter, but strangely they didn't sms me, I happened to know that it was approved when I logged in to HDB website.

They can loan me up to $230,100, more than what I need because I have about $75K in OA, and there's also a $15K housing grant so total I have $90K and I'm looking for a unit which is around $250K, max is $265K valuation and $5K cash, total $270K so I don't have to top up any cash every month. I would say $250K to $270K is within our comfortable zone, any more than that is overstretching.

Now I am eyeing a few units at Commonwealth and Tanglin Halt, but I still like the Jalan Kukoh unit, basically the districts that I am looking for is Queenstown, Central and Bukit Merah, best is those which have completed MUP and comes with an additional room, sure helps to have one more room so in future the room can be allocated for our baby.

Lower Back Pain! But Getting Better Now

This morning I woke up and the pain is still there, wow, can't even get up and my wife had to give me a good push so I could sit on the bed. I was even having difficulty using the toilet, mine is the squat toilet so I really struggled, squatting down hurts, standing up hurts too, I even had to pause for a good few minutes after standing up because my lower back was sore after the squatting, both my legs almost felt numb, as if there was electricity running through them. Then no choice, dropped my boss an sms, told him I will go see a doctor.

So after seeing the doctor, the pain is still there, he didn't really do anything except gave me some painkillers, medical certificate and that's it, well that's the thing about lower back pain, you just have to wait for the pain to go away, best way is still prevention. I think it all started last Saturday when I was doing sit ups on a bench with no cushion, after that my lower back felt sore, then yesterday after doing some chin ups at home, I squatted down for a while to rest, when I was standing up, the pain came and then it got serious, it was so painful that I can barely walk.

Anyway, just now me and wife went for lunch, we ate at Sushi Express again, this time we ate 20 plates haha, then we walked around a bit, it may sound ridiculous but the walking seems to have helped a lot with my recovery, the pain this morning compared to how I'm feeling now, so much difference, yeah I did put on Yoko Yoko and plasters but don't think that helped as much as walking because when I was walking, I can feel my lower back area relaxing, felt like the muscles are softening, I think the pain is caused by the muscle getting overly tight, every time when I feel the muscles relaxing, I will get better, now I'm feeling so much better!

26 February 2014

My Back Hurts!

Today after I reached home, I attempted to do some chin ups, and then squatted down for a while, when I stood up, my lower back suddenly hurts so much that I can barely walk, even felt a bit giddy, sigh, last time when I was a teenager, one nice uncle told me to be careful with my back but I didn't listen, I was young and full of energy, almost felt invincible, never take care of my back. So when I entered the army, unfortunately I got posted to some physically demanding unit, have to carry lots of weight, that sure contributed to my back problems, in fact several of my platoon mates also have back problems.

Anyway, to young people out there, please take care of your back, when you carry load, always squat down and keep your back straight, don't bend your back and carry load, as time goes by your back will hurt, last time I thought older people are always full of shit, now I know that's not true, they have experienced it and when they are willing to share, even though when it's annoying, try to take the good advise, if only I listened to that uncle.

25 February 2014

Finally Submitted My HLE Application

Today I submitted everything, now we just have to wait for the results, according to HDB, we have to wait about 2 to 3 weeks.

By the way, this Saturday we are going for viewing again, hope it's better than the Jalan Kukoh flat and cheaper, but I still like Jalan Kukoh because it is only about 5 to 10 minutes walk to my office and Chinatown, there's even a Sheng Siong about 5 mins walk away. My wife say she don't like it because it's too quiet there, for me I don't care, most important is location because I believe no matter how cheap the flat is, how well you renovate, at the end of the day you still have to work, imagine feeling that going to work and going home from work is a chore, that's how I feel now.

24 February 2014

My Wife Cannot Apply for SingPass (Update)

My previous post here.

So today I called HDB resale hotline and a nice officer told me exactly what to do since my wife cannot apply for SingPass to do the electronic signature. He said I need to go back to my HLE application screen and then while at step 2, uncheck a box, he said there is only one box there to uncheck, can refer to the following screen:

Uncheck The Box at Step 2

Yes, just need to uncheck the box where it says "I understand that if I am using a public or shared computer for this application, I should protect my personal data and remove my documents from the local drive of this computer after I have completed my application."

Yeah, I know it doesn't make sense but it works.

So after I uncheck that box, I proceed as per normal, make sure all information is still correct and then submit, finally this time it allow me to go through without any electronic signature requirement for my wife, most important thing is it shows the option to print out the form, see following:

Option to Print the Form

So here just print out the form or save into PDF so you can print later.

And after you print out the HLE application form, make sure to get your foreign spouse to sign on the 7th page and write down the date (total 8 pages), this solves the electronic signature problem. By the way I don't have to sign because my signature section says I have already been authenticated via SingPass.

Next is upload all the required documents to HDB including the HLE application form via this url http://www.hdb.gov.sg/LoginMyDoc.

For my case, I need to upload my 15 months CPF contribution history, last 3 months payslip, the HLE application form, my wife's LTVP+, my wife's statutory declaration that she is unemployed, yes, if she is unemployed she is required to declare; this can be done at any HDB branch, they will provide one form to sign, this form needs to be uploaded.

Just to highlight, when you key in your salary in the HLE application form, you will get to choose which months, make sure you choose the last 3 months where you have your payslips, for example I choose Dec, Jan and Feb, but I have not receive my Feb payslip, luckily I can get it tomorrow so not that bad. While at HDB, I checked with the officer whether we can submit a new one, she said because the HLE serial number was given already so she don't think can resubmit, so better is to make sure you choose the months where you have your payslips. Anyway, I tried indeed cannot, see following:

Cannot Resubmit Again

Another thing to note is after submission, the application is valid for 7 days, that means you have up to 7 days to submit all the required documents or else the application will be cancelled, so make sure you choose the correct months for payslips, and make sure you key in everything correctly, check and make sure every info is correct before submitting to ensure things go smoothly.

23 February 2014

View 2-Room Resale Flat at Jalan Kukoh

Today the agent called me and arranged a viewing, just nice me and wife was heading to Chinatown to eat the famous An Ji Fish Head, so we headed there afterwards. By the way we ordered the sweet and sour fish head and some fried chicken wings, really good, the fish head was very fresh, the chicken wings very crispy and fragrant, the meal costed $21, satisfied.

Once we reached there, we noticed that the void deck area was very quiet, maybe because today is a Sunday? Anyway, we waited a while and the agent arrived, nice fella, he brought us up to level 4, there was an open space playground, it's on top of a multi-storey carpark linked to the block. Then he brought along another potential buyer, a single lady, so we went up to view the flat.

The flat has been upgraded in year 2000, HDB added another room behind the kitchen, just a small space, I estimate it's about 6 to 6.25sqm, large enough to fit in one king size bed but there's not much walking space. There's one room for toilet and one room for shower, just a very small space each. The kitchen is mostly original condition except that the owner added some cabinets, by the way the kitchen sink is blocking the laundry area, really awkward. The living room looks okay though, renovated, the bedroom also looks okay but very dark even with the light switched. Another problem, there's a tap and drainage on the floor in the living room area before entering the kitchen, the agent said because the owner shifted the kitchen behind so the living room will be bigger, that's why the kitchen is very small, wonder why the owner didn't remove the tap and drainage.

After discussing with wife, we will need to change the kitchen flooring, take out all the cabinets, relocate the sink, combine the toilet and shower rooms so that it's bigger i.e. tear down the wall, take out the tap and drainage in the living room, take out all the built-in desk and cupboards, we don't like built-in features, too rigid and makes the whole place smaller.

The valuation is $265K but expired, agent said he will get a new one, price should be pretty much the same, probably $5K difference or remain the same. Anyway owner is looking at $18K COV, to be honest, we don't have that much, even if we have, we will still offer to buy at valuation price because in the end we still have to renovate, the only good thing about this unit is the location, walking distance to my office and Chinatown. The other buyer I think she also won't offer high as well because I'm sure she also realized that there's much renovation to be done.

My Blog Finally Attracted an Idiot

Look at this idiot, come to my blog and post these stupid comments, I'm sure it's from the same person as the timing is very close.

Stupid Comments from a Stupid Person

I replied to one of the comments and after that I realized that he/she posted to another 3 of my posts, and obviously this person is trolling, so I might as well summarize my response in one single blog post so here goes:

Hey idiot, go fuck yourself.

Done, that's how you deal with idiots.

21 February 2014

A Few Thoughts After My In-Camp Training

After going back for so many in-camp trainings, I noticed that things have improved a lot, nowadays we in-pro and out-pro very quickly unlike in the past we can take more than an hour for each process, super waste of time, they even make us sign in and out so everybody had to queue up, now we just have to let them scan our id card and that's it.

The cookhouse food have also improved a lot, used to be managed by Singapore Food industries, their food really sucks, now it's managed by SATS, I can see the standard seems to have improved a bit but there's still room for improvement, well, when you mass cook, the quality will always be substandard, but I heard one meal is $6.50, it's not cheap so I expect the quality to be higher.

The emart have also improved, more and better items available, problem is they don't have air-con, mindef only gave them a small space, don't even want to provide air-conditioning, heard from the cashier the space is rented from mindef so I think mindef should provide a better facility, their boss don't want to pay for the air-con, that I can understand because they don't own the space, what if they can't get the space in the future, won't they lose their investment? Kind of funny when mindef can spend so much money to buy planes and whatever crap but can't spare money to install air-con, it can get really hot when there are so many soldiers inside.

Last week I saw a bunch of NSF booking out on Friday, around 4 or 5pm, during my time, we can only book out on Saturday, sometimes we can only book out after lunch, by then half a day gone, but I think it's better now, NSF life have improved so I'm happy for them, at least I know in future if I have a son, his life in service won't be as bad as mine.

We went to a camp with advanced firing facilities, they called it "multi-tiered range", actually there are only 2 tiers, top and bottom, it means that up to 10 firers can shoot at the top, another 10 at the bottom, so at any point of time up to 20 firers can train at the same time, it's an indoor facility so we can even switch off the lights to simulate night shooting, I remember we used to have to wait until the sun goes down before we can do our night shoot, really stupid, didn't anyone thought of this decades ago? Something as simple as switching off the lights? That's what happens when everybody is forced to follow instructions, in my time, innovation is taboo, our instructors call innovation "act smart", I think this is common in Singapore, just look at how our kids study and learn.

As for the shooting, they gave us 3 magazines of 5 rounds, really stupid, in wartime are they really going to give us that? Why don't they just give one magazine of 15 rounds instead so we don't have to reload? I really don't understand the point of that, if they want us to practice reloading, then let's just practice reloading, make us count how many rounds we have expended for what? In wartime are we going to count? I think everyone will just try to aim for a target and shoot until out and then reload, which idiot will bring so many magazines of 5 rounds and keep reloading?

I hope they cut down on ICT, no more 7 high 3 low, just let everyone go after 5 high 3 low, no point wasting our time after we ORD, I don't mind throwing away 2 years of my life but just let me off as soon as possible after that, I'm really sick and tired of ICT and just want to focus on my own life.

My Wife Cannot Apply for SingPass

I was trying to apply for HDB Loan Eligibility(HLE) letter online and got stuck at step 6 where they need my wife to login with her SingPass for the electronic signature, she doesn't have one so I went to the SingPass website to apply but I don't see her in any of the eligible groups, see following:

The following groups are eligible to apply for SingPass:
  • Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Employment Pass and Personalised Employment Pass holders
  • EntrePass holders
  • S-Pass holders
  • Dependant Pass holders (of EP, PEP, EntrePass and S-Pass holders)
  • Selected Work Permit Holders*

By the way she is holding onto LTVP+, and I gave it a try anyway but still cannot,

LTVP+ Holder Cannot Apply SingPass?

Very strange, dependant pass holders are eligible whereas LTVP+ holders are not? If LTVP+ cannot then I think LTVP also cannot. Sigh, don't understand, just dropped them an email to ask them what to do next, some government policies are really mind boggling, they have Non-Citizen Spouse scheme, most of the foreign spouses will be LTVP or LTVP+ holders, and what, everybody email them to ask them what to do? Don't they know LTVP/LTVP+ holders cannot apply for SingPass? Stupid right... HDB really good at pissing people off. I also checked with them whether we can just go down to any HDB branch and get the damn thing done, let's see what they say, but I'm bracing myself for more stupidity.

Oh by the way we are thinking of getting a 2-room resale flat, hope we can get one at $250K or lesser, wish us luck!

20 February 2014

Got My First Marksman

Today we went for our SAR21 firing exercise, surprisingly my team managed to achieve marksman, actually the marksman rate for our unit was very high, heard it was 99% or 100%, nowadays for NSmen it's based on team performance and not individual performance so if one guy cannot shoot well, the good shooters can help to offset the lost points, as for my team, most of us only missed around 3-4 shots so it's free $200 for each of us, totally unexpected, I never got marksman before, don't even talk about $200.

Anyway tomorrow is our last day and we say bye bye to each other.

16 February 2014

Damn Hot Afternoon

Just came back from Sheng Siong, had some laksa, dumpling noodle and rojak, ordered too much, anyway the afternoon is really hot, the sun is burning my skin, the air is so dry, wonder how long has it been since the last rainfall. And damn lucky we don't have field training for next week, or else somebody is going to suffer from heat injury, it's 31 degrees but I feel that it is way hotter than that, I think the world's climate is getting hotter, the weather nowadays is a bit strange, wonder if we will have snow one day.

14 February 2014

Went Back for ICT Today

Today is my first day of in-camp training, as usual, in-process, briefing, slack, have lunch, slack again, briefing and book out, the slack part is really tiring, kind of funny when having nothing to do is also kind of challenging. But the good part is that this in-camp is going to be super slack because there is no field training so yay, no need to feed mosquitoes and sleep on stones, and according to the briefing, we will have IPPT, 4KM march, rifle training and that's about it, and on the last day we will have a movie session and then say bye bye to everyone.

13 February 2014

Burnt Smell in the Air Today

Today when I stepped off the train after work, first smell that came to my nose was a burnt smell, barbeque smell, reminds me of last year when the haze was the worst ever, did Indonesia start burning things again? I think it could also be due to the recent dry spell, it hasn't been raining for quite a while the weather is hot and dry, even the grass patches at my work place are all dead, green patch become light brown.

Speaking of barbeque, a few of my colleagues fell ill, I think they ate too much Bak Kwa and did not drink enough water, that's why I try to avoid Bak Kwa, expensive and bad for health, like paying money to make yourself ill, 1KG can sell $50, I was thinking which idiot will buy but during Chinese New Year everyone doesn't seem to mind paying for it, people don't even mind queuing hours for it, actually why not eat after Chinese New Year, it's now selling for $40 per KG, still expensive though, $40 for one KG of meat, might as well go order a few nice dishes at hawker centre.

12 February 2014

Fix for Screen Tearing in Windows 7

I have encountered this problem many times and it usually happens when I click or scroll things too fast and my screen can't seem to refresh fast enough, I thought there was no fix for it until I searched yesterday, the solution is actually very simple, just use any of the Aero Themes and that's it! According to the source, Aero seems to have features in place to prevent screen tearing (double buffering and vertical sync?) and once I switched it on, indeed the screen tearing is gone.

11 February 2014

Singapore Pools $10M Hong Bao Draw on 14 Feb

Today I bought $5 quick pick, sigh, wonder if I can win, at least a few hundred dollars also not bad, I keep thinking what would happen if I win $10M, I think the chances of solo win is very low, chances of me winning is even lower, some people buy $50, $100, wonder how they can spend like that, surely their chances of winning is higher than mine because they have more sets of numbers, but who knows, lady luck might favour me.

If I really win a big sum, first thing I would do is to carry on with my life and slowly think about it, no need to rush into anything, but I think I will go get my driving license and buy a second hand car, and probably invest the rest, maybe tell my wife to buy more land in her hometown.

So don't forget to buy, buy have chance to win, even $1 also have chance, never buy 0% chance.

10 February 2014

Starhub Upgraded Their Website's User Interface (Finally)

The UI looks so much cleaner and modern now, fonts are bigger and key items are obvious enough, the old UI was terrible, too many things too little space kind of feeling. So other than checking out their main page, I also logged in to rewards, same thing, UI upgraded and I noticed that they merged my rewards points (mobile merged with internet/cable), now I don't know whether they calculate wrong or I calculate wrong, I seem to have 114 points extra, I checked my bills for the past 3 months twice, still the same, they gave bonus points because they upgraded their website or something?

Anyway, I also noticed that they now offer more rewards to choose from, shows that they heard my last complain and acted on it, good, their rewards variety used to really suck, very limited even though they had several pages, most were this plan, that plan, too many repetitions but doing the same thing, at least now they removed all that junk and replaced with a Bill Rebate redemption with multiple denominations ($5, $10 and etc), now they even offer tickets for Universal Studios and a whole bunch of other new stuff, even food vouchers like BreadTalk.

But I can see the site is still buggy, the pictures, lists are all so messy, even the Account Manager shows a whole page of "Error 404--Not Found", I think they are fixing it now because I noticed the pages were a bit different than earlier, I think they need some time to beautify it.

Come to think of it, I find Starhub really good, otherwise I wouldn't have stuck with them since 2000, I should have bought their shares, but unfortunately I didn't, now their share price is $4+, but I can see why, this company has a lot of potential simply because they listen to and cared about customers, they have shown this several times already, like the Odex saga when Starhub tried its best to defend users' privacy, and some other cases which I can't remember, I just know that they left a good impression or else I would have jumped ship long ago.

07 February 2014

吳宗憲-真心換絕情


Talented: Street Electric Violinist! - Bryson Andres "SECRETS"


Naruto - Sadness and Sorrow (Violin) - Taylor Davis


Damn Frustrated at Tampines Polyclinic

Today I went to the polyclinic with my wife, she wanted to check her INR level, so we went there, took a number and waited, finally our turn, we went to the laboratory registration counter, the lady asked if we would see the doctor, I said no because my wife don't need a prescription, she still have a lot of her Warfarin from her Thai doctor, then she told me the doctor would want to know her INR reading, but I insisted on not seeing because if we see, we will need to pay the consultation fees, which is $41.70 for non-resident, then another more senior lady cut in our conversation and highlighted that the procedure is such that if we don't see the doctor, we cannot proceed with the INR test, I was surprised, how come there is such a procedure, can't they be more flexible and look at it from my perspective? Not that I don't have the money to pay but it's just that I find it pointless to pay, all my wife needs is to have her blood test done, that's it, we don't need the doctor to tell us whether the reading is okay because we know the optimal range, it's 2 to 3.

In the end, seeing that they are adamant on sticking to their procedure, I told the first staff to cancel our registration and we'll take our leave, out of nowhere the senior staff told the first staff to cancel it and log in as incident report, she said that in front of us and she sounded unhappy, as if she wanted us to hear that, who cares if she log it as incident or not, what the hell man, do I even need to hear that? I find her attitude quite bad, the way she cut into our conversation, the way she sounds so right about her procedures, really disgusts me, as if we don't want to do the INR also cannot? Wah, die die want us to see the doctor? Who pay? She pay or I pay? Please, don't die die stick to procedures, stop and think whether it makes sense or not, at least look at it from other people's perspective, rules are set by people, nothing is 100% right, and as a front desk service staff, her attitude should have been much better.

But I admit I might have sounded frustrated, but of course I was frustrated because of the rigid procedure, plus the way the senior lady talked to me, made me feel frustrated with her.

Anyway this incident led me to checking with HSA on whether we have such a home test kit in Singapore, I checked with a few pharmacists and they either said not sure or asked me to check with SGH or HSA, I thought if we are going to pay $50+ just for a test, might as well buy the damn thing and do it ourselves, and by the way, polyclinic consultation fees keep going up, for sure it will be more expensive in the future, what annoys me is their service is terrible and yet they have the cheek to raise price, damn bad attitude blood suckers, rarely have a good experience there, even the doctors there have bad attitude, but of course there are still the few nice ones, and those with high blood pressure, I hope you will not be unlucky enough to walk into the room with the bad attitude doctors, who knows your blood pressure might get higher instead.

Our First Experience at Sushi Express Singapore

So yesterday I said we will go try the new sushi outlet at Tampines One, they are really selling everything at $1.50, very cheap compared to Sakae Sushi, and it was almost full house but lucky today is a weekday so there were still some seats left, but is it better than Sakae? I think in terms of freshness, no comments as both are equally fresh, but in terms of variety, seems like Sakae wins hands down, my wife said she likes Sakae more. Oh another thing, the green tea, Sakae's tasted much better, it has a nutty flavour which me and my wife liked very much, my wife even bought a box of their green tea, as for Sushi Express, their green tea tasted like those supermarket green tea, even tasted a bit sour, don't like it that much.

So conclusion is, we still like Sakae more ;)

I noticed something about their billing, this is my bill:

18 Sushi $27.00
2 Boxes of Oolong Tea $3.00 (my wife picked it up at the counter)
10% Service Charge $2.70
7% GST $2.29

So the service charge was based on the 18 plates of sushi which we ate there, looks ok, but look at the GST, it was based on 7% of 27+3+2.70 (rounded up to 2.29 from 2.289). They actually charged GST on the service charge, which was unusual, first time that I ever saw such a billing, but anyway, the total cost was $34.99 including the 2 boxes of tea, the same meal at Sakae would probably cost more than $50, satisfaction at a lower price ;)

06 February 2014

Alan Ramos Psychology Graduate Working at IDA

Recently I keep seeing news about this guy, he is said to be a psychology graduate from Harvard who was employed at IDA when he was 22 years old, now he is 26 years old and being charged with underage sex. Netizens were asking how a psychology grad managed to land himself a job at IDA, I thought maybe he was doing something non-IT related, then I checked out his LinkedIn profile, it seems like I was wrong because under his Skills & Endorsements, I see Software Project Management, Software Development, Web Services and etc, those are definitely IT stuff, I'm in the industry so I know.

So back to the question, so how did a non-IT graduate get an IT job? Actually it's not unusual, I read in a book where this web developer is a graduate in marine life or biology, and among my colleagues, I have a physics graduate who is a Java (it's a programming language) technical team lead, a civil engineering graduate who is a software developer, an engineering graduate who is also a software developer, I know of another civil engineering grad who is a project manager, the list can go on and on, what I'm saying is the discipline doesn't matter at all as long as the person has the experience or skill set because at the end of the day, what matters most is whether this person can deliver.

And having the relevant degree also don't mean much if the person has no interest in IT, I encountered Masters degree holder in information systems, computer science graduate and whatsoever IT degree holders, and yet they cannot deliver, ultimately it's a matter of interest, you like doing it you will keep trying to advance, and in the midst of advancement, your experience and skill set naturally expands, it's that simple, you don't like it, no matter how much you force yourself to learn, you can never go far even if your boss hurls opportunities at you, you will simply collapse.

But then, I am puzzled by IDA, I go to transitioning.org sometimes so I know there are jobless graduates in Singapore, it can be hard to believe right, Singapore gives the impression that it is a first world country and yet some of our graduates are jobless, strange right. So what really puzzles me is instead of picking candidates from our local universities and jobless pool of graduates, IDA choose to accept a foreigner, if IDA is a private company, that I can accept, as long as the company follow our MOM's hiring guidelines, I have nothing to say, but IDA is a stat board, a government agency, and since they don't mind graduates of irrelevant discipline, then it's even easier for them to find someone, so I hope they will start picking people from transitioning.org, at least help those older jobless ones first, I'm sure they have bills to pay.

Tomorrow Clear Off-in-lieu!

The second day of Chinese New Year fell on a Saturday so my company gave me an off-in-lieu because I am on a 5 days work week. So tomorrow I will bring my wife to the polyclinic to check her blood, and then go find something good to eat, maybe we'll try the legendary $1.50 sushi at Tampines One, my colleague told me it's good and I heard there is always a long queue, even crazy long when they just opened and they were selling their sushi for only $1. At $1.50, I wonder how they make money, my colleague also mentioned that the serving is big, are they making a loss to get the customers first? Maybe, so I'm sure they will eventually raise the price.

05 February 2014

The Guy with a $15,000 Rolex Watch

As usual, after work, take the train, find a comfortable spot and lean back, then came this very tall guy who stood beside me, he was even taller than me, I'm about 1.81 meters, this guy was at least 1.9 meters, he was talking on the phone, then he said something about his Rolex watch with a market price of $15,000, then he said if he sold it, he would be able to get over his current financial difficulty, he said the watch was of sentimental value so he had no plan to sell it.

That made sense, my grandmother left me a jade-studded gold ring bought more than a decade ago, not very sure how much she paid for it, also not sure how much it's worth now, and if I were to sink into financial difficulty, I don't think I would ever sell it, probably not even pawn it unless there is absolutely no other way. Actually she bought similar rings for all her sons and grandsons, not sure what she bought for the females, I think it was some jade bracelet because my mom got one or two from her. The gold rings for her sons was bigger, grandsons smaller, my father sold his ring though, maybe he needed the cash.

04 February 2014

So Many People Queuing at ATM?

Today when I was on my way home, I noticed that there was a long queue at the update bank book machines at POSB, Citibank and DBS, wonder what happened, suddenly so many people using those machines. So I quickly head home to check my bank balance, nothing is missing, also can't find any relevant news online, or is it simply because after Chinese New Year everybody suddenly feel like updating their bank book at the same time? Weird.

03 February 2014

Even Foreign Spouses of Singaporeans are Under Attack

Today while browsing Gilbert Goh's Facebook page, I came across some comments that made me both angry and sad, see the following image. In case you don't know who Gilbert Goh is, he runs a support site for Singaporeans at transitioning.org.

Just to clarify, the comments were not posted by Gilbert, it was posted by people who visited his Facebook page, hope I didn't mislead anyone!

Sigh

Foreign spouse will bring along their whole village into Singapore? What? There is no way to justify that without sounding ridiculous, really. Now let's look at some facts, for LTVP holders, they are not even allowed to bring any of their family member here, even if the foreign spouse attains PR status, at most they can bring in only their parents or children under LTVP, and they will need to be sponsored by the foreign spouse, but I read on some forum that there is a special case where the Singaporean husband was allowed to be the sponsor but that was only on a case-by-case basis, so it's not as easy as said, whole village? No.

Protest against Singaporeans marrying a foreign spouse? Go on, as if only foreign spouse will help to reach the 6.9M mark, but just look at how silly that sounds, if I'm a reporter from another country and I see a bunch of Singaporeans protesting over this kind of issue, I would laugh my ass off.

Cannot help a foreigner even if he/she is the spouse of a fellow Singaporean? If that's the case, don't refer me as "fellow Singaporean", we don't need your help anyway, and for your info, for foreign spouse who are LTVP holders, they do not receive any form of subsidy from the government, for those under LTVP+, the only subsidy is in-patient subsidy, and there are plenty of foreign spouses on LTVP or LTVP+.

I'm angry because they say shit without even bothering to find out more, I'm sad because Singaporeans are attacking Singaporeans, to be honest, I don't find Singaporeans united, not at all, people here mostly care about themselves, bloody sure I'm not the only one who noticed, perhaps it's just the way our life goes on, everyday is about trying to make more money for a better tomorrow, maybe in the midst of all these struggles, people forget about the basic things.