Case of a wrong caption-ing

 

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In case the photo above doesn’t load properly: The photo shows an adult panda bear partially hidden between two stumps with the caption ” The wife of China’s ambassador to Japan (!!) and the governor of Tokyo (!?!) turned out on Monday to help mark this week’s public debut of Japan’s popular panda cub, who turned six-months-old this month.

Well played, Business Times. Well played

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The story of urine, saliva and vomited milk

Fatherhood. Mmmmnn… where should I begin.

I just spend the last 72 hours manning the nightshift with barely 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep at any point in time.

The twins are taking turn to act up, and they don’t seems to want to sleep during daytime. They have taken their turn to urinate on me , drool all over my shirt and vomiting milk on themselves and me.

I am now standing at level 13 sky terrace , just done getting Edith to sleep after enduring her 20mins of shrieking and screaming. I think I’m turning deaf. Why she is shrieking and screaming, I have no idea.

This photo is to commemorate me FINALLY getting her to sleep. Never mind the messy hair, unshaven face, the heavy duty eye bag unglam army tee and the baby carrier.

At least now I have something that can show and tell her next time that she has single handedly destroyed any of my credential of sexy and hot guy but validated my existence as a father.

I know all these shall pass and I can’t wait for them to grow out of this phase.

Love you, Elliott, Edith and Everett

How to whitewash – Singapore Style

Step 1: Declare your innocence and delegate the everything out to your trusted ones.

Step 2: Further demonstrate your innocence by avail yourself to a questioning session to people (preferably all the people should be on your payroll). Also make sure your trusted ones defend you rigorously through media favorable to you, because …. well… they are pretty much in the same boat now.

Step 3: Make sure your accusers are not in the same session.

(Bonus step: Get one of your trusted ones to dare the people on your payroll to censure you – obviously no one will – because they are on your payroll ; but it doesn’t matter as this will further enhance your innocence)

Step 4: Play the ‘family’ card

Step 5: Declare your innocence and “white-washed”. Get everyone to focus on more pressing matter ahead – like survival; because trivial matter like this is *roll eyes* waste of resources and time.

Whitewash

Quite Easily Done.

What not to say to a fed up customer

Dear UOB credit card,

We have known each other for a good 12years right? (Since 2005) You are probably the first proper relationship I have had ever since I qualify to do so. 

You also have the honour of being the first that I insisted on terminating. 

You are really a piece of work, I remembered that I first requested for the late interest charge wavier after numerous button pressing for a SMS reply (yes, for something as minor as a late charge waiver, why even bother to get someone to speak to me? You have more urgent matters to attend to. I get that) so I received a SMS within 5 working days that my request has been rejected. So I called to get a human to talk to me, apparent this was the second time that I requested for a waiver.  There was a charge on the card for a $10 McDonald bill and subsequently late charge of $60 + interest of a few dollars. The human answering my phone took the mandatory “minutes” on hold to clear with his supervisor and told me that the waiver has been approved. So that should end right? Nope, he went further to inform me that the next time I commit the devious and unforgiving offence of forgetting to pay my bill , I will not be given a reprevive. 

And so the fate would have it, I was travelling and missed the payment date and got the same late charges and interests blah blah blah. 

My fault, so I did the whole robot SMS request for waiver and guess what? My request got rejected. Surprise surprise .

Obi good right? Who asked me to be so forgetful , especially since we have a relationship of 12years behind us.

Of course any relationship expert will tell you that any breakup should be done in person. I did my best and call you up.

And your human voice reminded me that I have to pay off that late charge and interests before I can terminate the card. Well, I made sure I got the total charges paid off, and I did what is needed – cut off this toxic relationship.


So good riddance to you, UOB.  #uobsucks #saynotoUOB 😂

Invasion of the vending machines

A sight that is more commonly found in Japan than in Singapore.

Spotted just outside International Plaza (facing the MRT exit) –  a row of vending machines that dispense neither food/snacks nor drinks.

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Reminded me of the vending machine cafe that was launched recently and located in some remote corner in Sengkang (Blk 320C along Anchorvale Drive).  It supposedly dishes out hot food such as Nasi Goreng Istimewa or Vegetarian Rice Noodle with tables and chairs where can tuck into meals in comfort. Sounds a bit sad but I can understand – need hot food at weird hours, find a vending machine cafe.

But a vending machine that can dispense non-essential items such as jewelry, phone cases, knick knack? Why would it even be something I need to get at weird hours or because I am walking by?

Intriguing. We shall see how long they can last.

 

Just a small matter of contradiction

So apart from BREXIT (yawn) and Trump’s next tweet, the next big matter of concern for most Singaporean would probably Budget 2017 – an annual national event that has everyone going ” what is in for me?”

I asked the same question myself and sadly, this year’s budget is a disappointment on so many levels.

One of the more disconcerting issue is the water hike. As the Minister puts it – “water has to be priced fully as it is a matter of national security, and consumers must feel the full price of water to realise its value”. 

The same minister further adds “The consumer must realise how valuable water is to us in Singapore every time he or she turns on the tap, right from the first drop. This is the best way to emphasise the scarcity value of water.”

I get it – I really do. Hit where it hurts most and people will realise that it is a precious commodity not to be wasted. All for water conservation right?

Right?

Then the “gracious” move to quiet the protests all around. They announced a permanent increase in the GST Voucher – Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebate for eligible HDB households.In order to help households offset some of the increase in water prices

One of three components under the GST Voucher scheme, U-Save allows those living in one- and two-room HDB flats to offset about three to four months of utilities bills, while those living in three- and four-room HDB flats may offset about one to two months’ worth of such bills on average.

For the layman, the supposedly “poorer*” you are, the more rebate you get to offset the increase in water prices.

*Uniquely to Singapore, your wealth status is determined by the type of housing you stay in (another grouse for another time)

So the nett impact to the “poor” is negligible and at the same time, the increase to the “rich” won’t even cause them to bat an eyelid.

So where is the “feel the full price of water to realise its value” and the education aspect of all these?

I would rather they tell me straight in the face that they want the consumers to subsidise the cost of the water than to make all these strange justifications that do nothing but contradict each other.

But like all pragmatic Singaporean, I will grouse about it and felt left out for a while…

… then get back to the daily grind because there is nothing I can do about it.

 

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Uniquely Singapore – the closer you stay to body of water, the higher tax impact you will feel