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    Monday, May 26, 2008

    Lao Sai King

    I think I shd be able to sleep early today since I'm quite worn out from the jog I had this evening. I need to figure out what's really wrong, and how to salvage the situation, and jogging is the best way to sort things out in my mind. In the past, I really hate this exercise. I find it boring n tiring, n I could hardly pass my 2.4km run. It totally sucks..

    But after NS, I've found the benefits of having long distance jogs. When I was in JC, I'll kill myself if u want me to run 5km, but it's different now. Jogging clears up my mind, relaxes by body n perks me up after that, endorphines perhaps the big culprit. Since I have a lot to think about, I went for a 5km one. A lot went through my brain as beads of perspiration rolled down my face n shoulders. Looking at the orange evening sun setting slowly from the sky, I recalled what did I do wrong n how can I rectify them.

    Slowly, the distance accumulated n I had already covered half of the run. My breathing became harder n my sweat starting to pour. My lack of stamina was prominently showing, but I had to carry on, or I won't be home b4 it turns dark n the scary monsters come out in the park.

    Then at the 3.5km mark, lightning struck. An ache started to surface at my lower abdomen. Oh no, it's the most dreaded feeling during a jog. It's the lao sai feeling. "Lao sai" means diarrhoea in the Hokkien dialect. WTF man, I still have a long 1.5km to complete but this stupid lao sai feeling is fast making me feel like shit. I couldn't carry on jogging anymore, with an extra pounding on the ground by my foot, the load of shit comes closer of exploding out of my anus.

    So slowly, I walked the remaining 1.5km, keeping my abdomen as stable as possible. Afterall, I'm the lao sai king, nobody can have more experience than me containing a load of "express-shit". I have the lao sai feeling at every situation possible in life. While driving, taking MRT, taking bus, having exam, swimming, canoeing n even snorkeling. 1.5km is short when u jog, but it can feel like a lifetime if u're walking the distance with a lao sai feeling.

    Eventually, I managed to finish the 1.5km unscathed, get on my bike n "fly" back home to bomb the base. The lao sai helped me too, maybe my brain is too full of shit, n it helped to clear quite a bit. There's still quite a bit to think about, maybe I'll go for another one tomorrow, hopefully the lao sai feeling won't come again this time.

    Something interesting to share with my readers.. Recently, there's a new advertisement showing on TV. It's one by Gatsby. N since my mobile's ringtone is the same as the music in the Gatsby advertisements, I went to check my phone, only to find out it's from the TV. Check this out..

    Seriously, only Takuya Kimura can pull off this advertisement with such sexiness. Even I'm attracted to it, but i'm not gay alright. If u dun believe me, check out the same ad below by another person. Don't blame me for not warning u. Stop eating if u are, cos u're very likely to spit everything out.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/26/2008 11:13:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    This was my dinner juz now, a lonesome one, as I sat at the coffeeshop with a heavy heart consuming my food. Things are not going well at the moment, it's almost 3am now but I still can't sleep. I need anger management..

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/26/2008 02:42:00 am | 0 has delicate hands

    Friday, May 23, 2008

    Singapore wins Pedra Blanca island

    but Malaysia won the Middle Rocks and the South Ledge. Is this going to cause future disputes again? I certainly hope not...

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/23/2008 06:33:00 pm | 1 has delicate hands

    Thursday, May 22, 2008


    It was MQ father's birthday last Sunday n i went for the dinner celebration. Since both her parents are vegetarian, I had my first ever full vegetarian dinner in my life..

    Table still empty


    Veg fish

    claypot tofu



    The birthday cake dat was made w/o using eggsPosted by Picasa

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/22/2008 03:19:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008

    Car Owners

    Do not pump full tank of petrol

    Many of us are not aware that the petrol kiosk pump has a return pipe-line (in
    black). When the petrol tank (in the car) reaches full level, there is a mechanism to trigger off the pump latch and at the same time a return-valve is opened (at the top of the pump station) to allow excess petrol to flow back in! To the sump. But the return petrol has already pass through the meter, meaning you are donating the petrol back to SHELL/ PETRONAS/ CALTEX/MOBIL..........

    *Pumping Gas - Good to Know (from the expert)

    I've been in petroleum pipeline business for about 31 years, currently working for the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline here in San Jose , CA ..
    We deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period from the pipe line; one day it's diesel, the next day it's jet fuel and gasoline. We have 34 storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. Here are some tricks to help you get your money's worth:

    1. Fill up your car or truck in the
    morningwhen the temperature is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks bur! Ied below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you're filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other &nbs! P;petrol eum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don't have temperature compensation at their pumps.

    If a tanker truck is filling the station's tank at the time you want to buy gas, do not fill up; most li! kely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring ! That dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car's tank.

    3. Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty), because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it's warm. (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating 'roof' membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation).

    4. If you look at the trigger you'll ! See that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium and high. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping.
    Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank, so you're
    getting less gas for your money.

    Hope this will help ease your 'pain at the pump.

    5. Do not top off your gas tank, when the pump shuts off, do not keep tryi! Ng to ad d more gas. A friend who owns a gas station says that by doing this, you are actually giving the next customer a $1.00 worth of gas. The gas you pump stays in the hose and never makes it to your tank...........good to know

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/21/2008 01:49:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008


    I became a tourist today n went to New Bridge Road to walk around and took some pictures. The weather in Singapore is seriously hot. I wonder how those Caucasians take the heat when i saw a few of them, presumably tourists, walking the on streets n taking pictures like me..

    some old shophouses

    more of it..

    dunno how old are these buildings..

    clarke quay @ Central shopping mall

    Can u see the orange colour Lamborghini Gallardo

    This is the old police HQ during the colonial times, it has now become a museum, i think..

    Singapore River..

    I was standing on an almost 22yr old bridge..Posted by Picasa

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/20/2008 06:55:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Monday, May 19, 2008

    'Unfair to compete against older students'

    SHE had her hopes set on becoming her school's top Secondary 1 student in the mid-year examinations last year.

    But Mei (not her real name) lost out to a 15-year-old from China.

    She was then 12, going on 13.

    Mei now wants to be the top student in Sec 2, but she feels she's up against unfair competition in older foreign students.

    She wrote to The New Paper to complain that 'foreigners come to Singapore and vie for top positions with us in our schools'.

    Her argument is that the foreign students are older, smarter and more motivated.


    Mei, who is in a class of 39 boys and girls, of which one-quarter are foreigners, said: 'I feel threatened by their mere presence because most of them are older than me and their brains are more developed.'

    But her views are not shared by most local students.

    A poll of 104 students by The New Paper showed that about 85 per cent do not see foreign students as a threat and almost 70per cent say the competition from older students is fair.

    Mei, who turns 14 in October, said that eight of the 10 foreign students in her class are older than her by one to two years.

    One is her age, but there is one who is 17, she said.

    She finds it stressful to compete with the older students and suggested: 'To be fair to local students, the Ministry of Education (MOE) should ensure the age gap between foreign students and local students is not so wide.'

    She said the foreigners in her class, from countries like China, India and Indonesia, are 'highly motivated'.

    'They have to make their family members proud by doing their best, to assure them that all their efforts have not been in vain.

    'And that motivation scares the spirit in me that wants to push hard to do well for my country,' she said.

    As a local, Mei feels that she is at a disadvantage as 'foreign students are exceptionally good in mathematics and science'.

    She also claimed that they do not share their notes with fellow students, although others said that foreign students have helped them.

    Mei felt that although foreign students may be weak in English, they are motivated enough to overcome this disadvantage.

    She said: 'If we are not able to beat them in our studies, what about in the real world?'

    As for scholarships, she said that 'what could have been a chance in a lifetime for a Singaporean could be given to a foreigner instead'.

    She also feels some foreigners will leave for more prestigious universities overseas after gaining a good foundation here.

    She said: 'I know some of them who hope to study in American universities once they finish their college education in Singapore.

    'Their heart is simply not here. Our country is just a stepping stone for them.'

    When told of Mei's views, Mei's school principal said in an e-mail reply that the school welcomes talented foreign students because they add cultural diversity to the school.

    They also bring with them their unique experiences and values which they share with Singaporean students, she said.

    She said: 'Having both local and international students in the same class would thus allow them to learn from one another and spur each other on.'



    This article I read reminded me of my young schooling days. When i was young, there were foreign students in my class too, n it's not surprising they're usually a few years older than i am but in the same class as me. Usually, they're very good at Maths, but suck at the English language n science paper cos they can't express themselves well in English. That's in primary school, but the situation wasn't as bad since i was studying in a neighbourhood school juz across the street from my house..

    When I went into secondary school at Temasek in 1998, there are quite a number of foreigners in my level. Yes, n they're clever too.. Being the competitive me, i use them as a gauge, as the one to beat, but most of the time, i crashed with my face flat on the ground. Well, it doesn't really matter, since i'll owas come back up n fight again. Occasionally, I'll beat them in some stuffs, n dat gave me the extra adrenaline to go on. Of cos, being in a school like Temasek, it's not juz the foreigners are good, almost everyone in my class was as good as they can get. The rat race to become the best of the best was tough indeed..

    After the years of battling in Temasek, i told myself i've had enuff n chose my next school to be a less competitive one. I went to TPJC rather than TJC. It was a nice school with friendly people rather than people who's owas trying to beat u. I made lots of nice friends n i dare to say the 2 yrs in TPJC are my happiest days in a school in my whole life. BUT, my results took a serious dive n i almost looked like i couldn't get into a university. I couldn't find the motivation or the strength to power myself on.

    Wad i wanna say to students today facing the massive influx of foreign students is FIGHT ON. It doesn't really matter that u can't beat them. I can guarantee u dat in the midst of the battles with them, u'll find urself improving too. If there's no competition, there's no improvement. Wad's the point of being the top student with 80points in a less competitive environment when u can actually become a better student with the competition n scoring 90points but isn't the top student? Take them as a motivation, as a kind of pushing force to keep you going.

    Giving up is easy, but the true winners are those who fight on. At least u know u have a fighting chance of winning them if u carry on. If u give up totally, then u have zero chance of victory. As the saying goes, "To overcome your fear, You have to face it". If young Singaporean kids today are such a weak bunch of students who surrender upon strong competition, i really fear for their future.

    To the writer of this article, i urge her to carry on working hard. Yes, those foreigners are older n possess the more developed brain, but that doesn't mean they're immune to making mistakes or such. Trust me, if there's one day u manage to beat them, u'll feel like u're on top of the world, n u can say it with a smug dat they, with the supposedly more developed brain, lost to me of a younger age with a less matured brain. Hard work will eventually pay off one day.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/19/2008 01:44:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Friday, May 16, 2008

    Poly Kia

    Got an invitation from Poh Siang to visit his school today since he say there's some kinda fund raising activity going on in his school. So a few of us popped down to check things out. When i stepped into the institution, it feel like an old man immediately surrounded by 17 & 18 year old students. Hai... I miss my youthful days..

    The school



    The library, which looks kinda kiddy


    Poh Siang


    I had chicken chop

    Su Feng had pancakes

    Uncle poh siang having steakPosted by Picasa

    That marks the end of our tour with uncle Poh.. It was short n fulfilling, but i still feel old.. Please turn back the time......

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/16/2008 05:02:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Thursday, May 15, 2008


    "Clana" refers to the neverending love twist surrounding Clark & Lana in the US drama "Smallville" I was watching this particular episode of it this afternoon, n a conversation between the two of them caught my ears.

    The conversation occurred when Clark went to find Lana for help in locating someone with special abilities who's helping Lex Luthor. All these happened after the Phantom, someone looking exactly like Clark n having his exact powers but is evil, had lived with Lana for a month impersonating the real Clark after he was trapped at the fortress as punishment from his Kryptonian dad.

    The Phantom eventually got destroyed when Clark came back after his father released him. All these while, Lana wasn't aware of she's sleeping with the enemy until the real Clark Kent came back.


    Lana: Clark... When you were gone, I was treating this woman. She was catatonic after Brainiac infected her.

    Clark: What do you mean, "treating"?

    Lana: Monitoring her. Until she passed away.

    Clark: She passed away?

    Lana: Her mind was already gone. We were just looking for clues.

    Clark: Who's "we"? (pause) You told the phantom this?? (irritated) Lana, why do you bother telling me now?

    Lana: 'Cause Lionel's (Luthor) holding it over my head.

    Clark: I can't do this, Lana. You're only honest with me when you're threatened. In a few weeks with him.....

    Lana: I don't know what else to say to you. I thought that he was you!

    Clark: You're supposed to know me better than anyone!!

    Lana: And that's why you're here with me right now.

    Clark: But it was easier with him, wasn't it?

    Lana: Yes.... It was easier, Clark. He was more affectionate. He was more understanding. Is that really what you want to hear? I can't even look at you without you taking it the wrong way.

    Clark: Because you're looking at me like you wished I was someone else!

    Lana: Every transgression that I have made, you have answered with a hypocritical judgment. No one can live up to your self-righteous standards. Do you have any idea how it feels to wake up every morning, knowing that you're going fail in the eyes of the only person you've ever really loved?

    Clark: And you're the one who fell in love with Lex... and then fell for that killer (phantom). I don't think it's me you can't face.


    Somehow, I find this conversation familiar. Trust is of utmost importance in a relationship. If that is gone, nothing can continue.

    the conversation is at 13min 10sec

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/15/2008 08:11:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Monday, May 12, 2008

    Mothers' Day

    Ystd was Mothers' Day, the day when restaurants/florists etc etc raise their prices n happily chop the children n fathers. I'm slowly starting to hate these kind of special days when everything is commercialised. Valentines' Day, Fathers' Day, Mothers' Day etc.

    To me, being nice to my mother on a daily basis is the best gift I can give her. Help her with household chores when she feels tired, cook meals for her when she's busy working n bring her out on the car to places where there's good food when she has the craving for certain food. That to me, is what I call the real thing.

    I don't believe in being extra special nice to my mother on ONE particular day of the year, then turn a deaf ear on normal days when she complains she's tired or she needs help in something at home. It's easier to be nice on ONE day than be nice on the full 365 days. If you want, everyday can be Mothers' Day.

    N so we went for a meal at night to celebrate the occasion.

    Waiting for the food...

    Sheng Li restaurant opp Bedok 85


    First dish, Sharks' Fins, mum's favourite.. This is a cool $35 per plate

    Fried chicken

    Mushrooms with sea cucumber

    Deer meat


    Logan tofu for dessert

    We finished our meal at 10pm, n the crowd was gone..Posted by Picasa

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/12/2008 07:59:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    2 years

    Exams are over n I've finished my 2nd year in NUS. Another 3-month holiday awaits me; it's recharging time. My body is in a very unconditioned state. The lack of sleep plus high levels of stress for the past 2 semesters had taken its toll on my body. My skin lost its glow, my face looking like a drug addict at times, my reaction time is lengthened, i get irritated easily n I've almost forgotten how to put the smile back onto my face.

    This lengthy break is finally here, n i'm cheering at its arrival

    Last day of school, i wun be seeing this place for another 3 months

    bye bye

    I was reading this magazine the other day. It's an advertisement on a supermarket in Raffles City shopping centre. Seriously, I haven't seen any supermarket in singapore with the patrons wearing such short skirts n high heels with such nice legs. Sex sells

    I saw this on the road the other day. Can u see the penis?
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    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/08/2008 11:27:00 am | 0 has delicate hands

    Tuesday, May 06, 2008

    Rest In Peace

    Liam Harker, the 17-year-old Liverpool fan whose battle against cancer captured the imagination of millions of Reds fans last month, tragically lost his fight for life just after 4pm on Monday May 5.

    News about Liam's condition immediately touched a nerve with Reds fans everywhere last month and a plan was put into action to try and create a number of flags bearing Liam's name to showcase at the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea at Anfield.

    The hope was that TV cameras would pick out the flags and Liam, if he was still alive, would see them at home on TV. Liam was alive and the TV cameras did show the flags. It was an incredibly moving moment for Liam, his family and friends and Reds fans everywhere who had taken the 17-year-old to their heart.

    The flags were then sent to Liam and adorned the walls of his room in time for the second leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool lost that match but for Liam's family, a far greater loss occurred today (Monday). Liam's suffering is now over however and our thoughts - and those of Liverpool supporters everywhere - go out to his family and those who really knew this remarkable young man.

    In his final dying days, Liam Harker didn't walk alone.


    Rest in peace my fellow Liverpudlian.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/06/2008 12:25:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Sunday, May 04, 2008


    Burying myself in books n notes during this exam period. It's been a tough semester with modules I have absolutely no interest in, except for the Game Design module.

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    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 5/04/2008 02:56:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands