Pedi and cure

Do you know that men’s pedicure cost more than a women’s pedicure?!?!

And I didn’t even put any nail polish!

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Together Forever

I just took a photo of this old couple walking past our place. Nothing special about this couple if you walk past them any day, they look like any old couple out on a walk.

I learnt from my in laws that this is no ordinary couple. The lady is almost blind and the husband will guide her every night without fail for a slow walk around the neighbourhood park. Whenever there is a car driving past, the husband will gently nudge the lady to the side of the road, stop and wait for the car to past before continue on their routine.

I stood there watching them walk past and made a wish. That 40 – 50 years down the road, The Girl and I will take our daily stroll at the neighbourhood park, hand in hand.

Happy Anniversary, my lovely wife! 4 years down, at least 40 more to go.

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Honest Ngea indeed!

Today has been a really long and slow day, until I saw this great piece of article that really brightens up my day. Such a classic piece that I feel I have to share here:

Source: BT (22 May 2013)

“One of Xtron Productions Pte Ltd’s two directors, Koh Siow Ngea, testified yesterday that his work for the events management and production house was a “ministry” and his way of serving City Harvest Church (CHC), even while he maintained that there was no conflict of interest in his position.

Mr Koh has been a member of CHC from 1997, and was a board member from July 2007 to August 2008 – a position he relinquished when he was asked to join the board of Xtron, “so that there won’t be a conflict of interest”, he said.

Yet, under examination by deputy public prosecutor Christopher Ong, Mr Koh subsequently testified that CHC had the right to appoint Xtron’s board members because the church was Xtron’s “biggest client” and because CHC wanted someone who could “serve their vision, serve their needs”.

He also quipped: “Somebody has to appoint me, right? It can’t be some man on the street.”

When asked why he might have been chosen, Mr Koh said: “I have a nickname. My friend calls me ‘Honest Ngea’. That (says) everything. Righteous, maybe. Honest.”

As for his position at Xtron being akin to a “ministry” – a position he said comes with no remuneration – Mr Koh said: “I volunteered . . . but that doesn’t mean I don’t protect the interests of Xtron. I don’t think there (are) any conflicting interests in that. Do you remember I told you that, as the director, I can be a director of the world, where I can be harsh to the church? But I’m not, you see. So, in that sense, there’s no conflict,” he said.

When asked by Mr Ong why, if that was the case, he had to step down as a board member of CHC to take up the Xtron directorship, Mr Koh said: “I believe, they (CHC) are trying to be obedient to COC (Commissioner of Charities) . . . I’m not sure.”

When asked if Xtron could survive without CHC – to which it provides events management, audio-visual production and real-estate management services – Mr Koh said: “Yes, Xtron is a viable business in Singapore. It’s a good business. It has a niche business. Xtron is a fantastic company.”

DPP Ong then pointed out that, according to Xtron’s financials, CHC provided 97 per cent – or $4.9 million – of Xtron’s revenue. Mr Koh retorted that, if there was no CHC, Xtron would be able to source for work elsewhere and the time currently taken up by providing services for CHC could be channelled to other clients. DPP Ong then pointed out that, for the financial year 2008, even with CHC’s contribution, Xtron incurred a net loss of $9 million.

“Can you explain to the court how Xtron could be viable without the $4.8 million business from CHC, if it was already losing $9 million at the time it had CHC’s business?”

Mr Koh said: “I can’t comment on this portion of the accounts . . . I think, you know, even though it was signed by me, it was before (I came on board) . . . Am I right, 2007, I think?”

“No. These are the FY2008 accounts. You became a director in July 2008,” DPP Ong said.

“I’m not sure what transpired all here, even though I signed it. Yeah, it’s true that I signed it, but, you know, all this detail, I’m not sure,” Mr Koh replied.

When quizzed about how he thought Xtron did in 2009, Mr Koh showed he was unfamiliar with how the company was doing and how much income it had earned. He later added, contradicting his earlier statement, that Xtron would always have an income stream as CHC “will always be there”.

“Why are you so confident that the church will always continue to be a customer of Xtron?” DPP Ong asked.

“Because Xtron serves the church, what,” Mr Koh said.

DPP Ong then touched on the $13 million bond subscription agreement that Xtron entered into with AMAC Capital Partners – a company run by Chew Eng Han, one of the six accused and Mr Koh’s brother-in-law – in August 2007. The agreement was amended in August 2008, raising the maximum amount of funding to $25 million; this, along with a $10.7 million loan from Standard Chartered Bank, would allow Xtron to purchase a $17.55 million property at The Riverwalk; the bond agreement included a call option allowing CHC trustees to buy over this property from Xtron at $17.55 million.

“Whose decision was it that Riverwalk would be paid for partially by the proceeds from the bonds and then subsequently by taking out a loan for the remaining purchase price?” DPP asked.

“I’m not sure, I don’t know,” Mr Koh replied.

“Mr Koh, if you look at (the loan document), it’s addressed to you, in fact, as managing director of Xtron. And at the last page, it’s signed by you, for and on behalf of Xtron Productions Pte Ltd.”

Mr Koh then said that it was CHC’s decision to come up with this arrangement. He also testified that, along with CHC pastor Kong Hee, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng – two of the six accused – and Chew, he gave a personal guarantee to Wahju Hanafi, an Indonesian businessman with multiple links to CHC. The guarantee was in return for Mr Hanafi personally guaranteeing to indemnify Xtron against any losses it incurs on the Crossover Project – CHC’s way of evangelising through music, which includes Sun Ho’s music career.

Mr Koh said that this was their way of “showing support” for Mr Hanafi, who “has really laid (down) his life for the church, suffered for the church . . . it’s an honour to stand (by) him“.

The defence will cross-examine Mr Koh when the hearing resumes today.”Mr Koh Siow Ngea, I am not so sure too… if your friends should call you Honest Ngea or Silly Ngea. If this is your best attempt at proclaiming innocence, I would like to thank you for all the entertainment provided.

Iron Man 3

Just caught the movie Iron Man 3 yesterday with The Girl and I must say that I am pleasantly surprise with the movie. It is a movie with less of the iron and more of the man. While others may be disappointed that there ain’t more Iron man in fights, i think it shows us human’s fragilities and how Tony Stark can survive his troubles using his wits than his suit.

Oh, did I mentioned I am also delighted that the adorable pseudo Mandarin is a soccer fan – and a Liverpool one somemore. Ole ole OLE ole ole.

Isn’t this amazing

On my way home yesterday, saw a really fierce SMRT usher (i.e the peronnel wearing maroon and usually equip with a stick to waving people along while repeating the same monotone chant again and again “pls move in, please move in, please move in…”).

Unlike the typical usher, she actually walk to everyone of the entrance and exit to make sure NO ONE step beyond the line and shouting ” Please stand behind the red line to let others exit, this is NOT AMAZING RACE. no need to rush.”

A couple was sniggering near her got a lesson and explaination why they should not be standing beyond the red line.

Kudos to SMRT for hiring her. I wish I took down her name to commend her professional but my ‘amazing race’ arrived just at that moment. Anyway, I think she is a breath of fresh air in a transportation system which I have very few good opinions about.

The Boy’s Book Review : Threat Vector by Tom Clancy

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Almost completed this book but I decided to give up because I figured out the ending before even finishing the last bits. Good guys foil bad guy’s threat to conquer the world, save the world etc etc.

It is so predictable and un-creative that I find it so difficult to read and finish. It is THAT “Chiong hay”, that means long-winded in mandarin. I usually quite enjoy Tom Clancy but this latest book of him is a major disappointment.

My quick thoughts on the book:
– American are always the good guys who can do no wrong.
– Rest of the world (apart from American’s allies) like Iran, Russia, China, North Korea are evil and always trying to take over the world.
– US pilots are pretty darn good , in fact they are the best in the world because they can come out of countless dogfights ok and in the process, destroy several evil nation’s pilots. Oh, and for the sake of comparison, US allies are also not as good, their pilots do died.
– US army, CIA, FBI etc – same rules applies as above.
– They have the budget to fly halfway around the world just to check out a source of information that they cannot even verify.
– Evil guys always commit fatal mistake/s at critical point.
– Rest of world always have to depend on the Americans to save their ass. Coincidentally,the rest of the world (apart from the evil nation) needs and welcome American’s help.
– No matter what happens, hero won’t and can’t die. They can get injured but they will recover in time to save the world again (!!!).

Seriously?!?!

I need to read a good book to ‘overwrite’ this rubbish.

Stupid?!?

Overhead a conversation behind a massuse and his client (both obviously Malaysian because they were discussing the upcoming election):
"新加坡人笨死了,什么都排队。连MRT都排队进去,我没这样笨,每次门一开,我都是第一个进去的。"

The client replied "对啊!他们也不会减价,笨死了。"