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A Dream, A Crime, and A Blanket

April 3, 2010 1 comment

Something weird happened last night.

It was a pretty cold night, so when I went to bed, I tucked myself nicely under the blanket.

And then I had a dream.

In the dream, I was somehow framed by some random dude who stole something. Can’t really remember what it was, but it somewhat looked like a huge yellow coconut leave. I also seem to recall that that something came from the future.

So there I was, being arrested by the police for a future crime that I didn’t (haven’t?) commit. And then someone saved me from the police, and hid me in the second floor of a house.

I tried to stay low, and for a while it was getting pretty quiet.

And then I looked out of the window from the second floor, and I saw a special forces team (SWAT?) ready to charge into the house. Upon seeing me on the second floor, they did charge into the house.

And then someone in my cadet pilot course went up from the first floor and scolded me.

Wahlaueh, why did you even peek out of the window?

Then one of the SWAT members went up the stairs and opened fire at me, and for some reason I managed to dodge all the bullets.

Then I woke up.

And I found myself lying on top of the blanket, with the blanket nicely made under my body.

If you see the photo of my bed above, you’ll realise that without performing some sort of acrobatic maneouvres, it wasn’t possible for me to get from underneath the blanket to the top of it without physically stepping out of the bed, making my bed, and then lying on top of the blanket.

Thing is, all those probably require more mental power than that available in a sleeping person, or even a somnambulating (i.e. sleepwalking) person. And knowing that I don’t normally make my bed, it couldn’t have been through a subconscious movement like that of snoozing alarm clocks.


Update: After reading through Wikipedia’s article on sleepwalking, apparently it’s possible to perform “activities such as eating, bathing, urinating, talking, dressing/undressing, texting, emailing, exercising, walking a dog, painting, whistling, dancing, moaning, gesturing, grabbing at apparently hallucinated objects, committing murder, and/or engaging in sexual intercourse”, including one case about “a woman who sent semi-coherent emails while sleepwalking, including one inviting a friend around for dinner and drinks.”

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Fun with Chinese Astrology

February 16, 2010 3 comments

Do you believe in Chinese Astrology?

I’ve always taken astrology/zodiac readings with a heap of salt. But just for the fun of it, and because yesterday was Chinese New Year, I took my reading at

To start with, I took a reading for my Chinese astrological animal and lucky element. We always talk about Chinese zodiac in terms of the year, e.g. 2010 is the year of the Tiger, but did you know that in terms of Chinese astrology, the hour that you were born matters as much as the year? Not only that, but the elements associated with the animal are just as important.

After entering my birth date, time, and location, I was presented with the following birth chart:

Apparently I’m a red fire snake born in the year of the green wooden cow.

Side note: the site uses cow instead of ox, but I suppose this is just a matter of terminology.

By the way, 2009 was the year of the brown earth cow. So how now, brown cow? 2010, on the other hand, is the year of the white metal tiger.

Based on the birth chart, I was also presented with another table showing my lucky element:

Based on this table and theory of balance (yin-yang), it was deduced that metal would be my lucky element. This is because the amount of metal in my birth chart is very low compared to the fiery me. As such, an increase in metal would bring the equation into a balance, and therefore it should bring me luck.

All seems well, 2010 is the year of the metal tiger, so I should be pretty lucky this year, right?

Just to double check, I verified my life in 2009, the year of the earth cow, against the astrological reading.

All seems well:

  • Those with metal lucky element are supposed to have a “Vary good luck. Earth is the mother element of Metal. Earth supports Metal.” If they really meant very, then I think it’s quite true, I landed my dream job some time last year.
  • Those who are born with fire as the day master type are supposed to “Trend to talk to people what in your mind. If Earth is the Lucky Element, then you will win the reputation. If Earth is the unlucky element, many people don’t like the way you are.” I’m not sure what they really mean here, so I’ll just take it to my interpretation that I tend to talk too much, which was true.
  • Based on the monthly readings, my luckiest months should have been April, and June till October. Again, I applied for my dream job in April, and got it in July. And I felt that I’ve been lucky from then on, in terms of life outside work, until October when some of it went down the drain till the end of the year.

Side note: Ah… how can we ignore the fallacy of confirmation bias? You only tend to believe what fits your hypothesis, and ignore others. Anyway, let’s leave that for another discussion.

Everything seems well, so I proceeded with the reading for the year of 2010.

It’s pretty lengthy, so for the sake of brevity, I will summarise only the points pertinent to myself:

  • The white tiger contains the elements of metal, wood, and fire, and therefore having metal as my lucky element, I should have some degree of luck.
  • However, wood can help fire to burn, and metal and fire are opposite elements. Therefore, I should avoid wood and fire as they are my unlucky elements.
  • I should have a “good [luck], but not always. It looks a sunny day, however it can become cloudy or rainy later.” Hopefully nothing to do with my job or life!
  • In terms of money, “something to do with money will happen to you. Tiger implies the support from parents, elders, siblings and friends. If you have money trouble first, then people around you who care about you will appear to help the financial trouble. But if you have money luck first, then you will spend more money on investment or people. Therefore, you have to watch your pocket, because the money luck is up and down in White Tiger year.” Somehow, with me going for Australia soon, I feel this coming too.
  • I should have a better people relationship this year as my birth chart contains the female wood. This is because male metal and female wood have an Attraction Relationship into metal side. Well that doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
  • Since my lucky element is metal, my luck will be super, including love relationships. Hurhur, let’s see if this is true at all.
  • Since the snake and tiger have a hurting relationship, my people relationship will be damaged. This means that I have to watch my words and act to avoid that a friend becomes an enemy. If I have a shaky love or family relationship, then there is a chance to break it. Wait a minute, didn’t they just say that I will have a better people relationships just a while ago? According to some interpretation that I found on the same site, it could also mean that I will have a good relationship earlier in the year, followed by a bad one, or vice versa.

How true are these? I will never know till one year from now. Maybe I should post a report on whether these come true next year. Go on and read the entire astrology reading, it’s quite interesting, but like I said earlier, take it with heaps of salt.

I went on further to check out the rise and fall chart of my life. The result is not too encouraging:

The red bar represents the amount of luck I will have each year. The page went on to say that a good marriage and career should be started in the longest, or at least longer red bar. Well that’s not too good if I have to wait till I’m 54. And I’m not looking forward to the time when I’m 34. =/

The last thing I checked was the things that I can take note of, having metal as my lucky element:

  • Monkey and Chicken are your lucky animals.
  • Years of Monkey and Chicken are your lucky years.
  • Months of Monkey and Chicken are your lucky Months.
  • Fall is your lucky season.
  • 15:00 – 19:00 (3 P.M. to 7 P.M.) are your lucky hours.
  • Western direction is your lucky place.
  • It will bring you luck to live in a house that faces west.
  • You should choose a bedroom on the west side of the house.
  • It’s good for you to keep the west side window(s) open.
  • When arranging the office desk, you should sit facing the west.
  • A metal bed is good for you.
  • Your lucky color is white.
  • You should wear white often.
  • Driving a white car brings your luck.
  • Wearing jewelry will bring you luck.
  • It’s a good idea to wear golden rings.
  • Take care of your respiratory system – Lungs, Nose and Skin.

If you’re interested to check out any of the last two, they’re in the page that shows you your lucky element.

Whew, this entry is much longer than I initially planned it to be. There are actually a lot more information in the website, but I was too lazy to trawl through every single page.

Just for the heck of it, why don’t you go ahead and see how your reading is like in 2010? But like I said again and again, take it with a heap of salt. 😉

Oh yeah, and by the way, Happy Chinese New Year for those who are celebrating!

Of Lifelong Friendships

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I was reading the latest post on Niniane Wang’s blog about her losing her best friend. I couldn’t help but feel sad for her, as she had thought that they would be lifelong friends.

Now, I don’t know Niniane personally. Neither am I saying that I fully understand the situation that they’re facing. In fact, I only came across her blog while searching for easter eggs in Google services.

Niniane Kicks Ass

Niniane is a former engineer in Google. In her website, she wrote that she had a little bet in the year 2000 with his Caltech friend, Dan. The bet was trivial, it was about interpreting a drawing in a cafe. Whoever won that bet would have the other’s name hidden in whatever products they were working on next. She won and Dan’s next project happened to be Google Maps, and for a time her name directed searchers to Google’s headquarters–if you made the search before 2009, as the easter egg has already been removed since then.

To cut a long story short, it appears that the two have fallen out. They had been friends for half of her lifetime, and what they had thought to be a lifelong friendship is, after all, not permanent, and she felt sad and angry about it.

Which makes me think about the notion of lifelong friendships. Is there really such thing as a lifelong friendship? Can two different people meet, realise that they have something in common (or maybe not so much in common, and they simply enjoy each other’s company), decide to become good friends until their dying day, and really live up to it?

I’ve lost count of the number of good friends that I’ve made and lost throughout my life. Usually the cause is as simple as a change of school or location and we simply drift apart. I can accept this, as people always change. Even I change.

But some are due to other reasons such as a misunderstanding or an argument. Yet others have no reasons that are explicable. These usually bug me, because for one, I’m a peaceful person who hates conflicts, and for another, I’m also a person who tries to understand everything in his life, and having something which I can’t explain just annoys my mind to no end.

Anyway, I guess what we all should really do is to treasure all the friends we have, no matter how close we are or how much we trust that person or how we always say that we will be friends till our dying day.

The next thing we know, they could just be gone.

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Merry Christmas

December 26, 2009 2 comments

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

I’m not exactly in a celebratory mood this time due to work and all, so I spent Christmas eve taking night photos using my newly-bought DSLR, and spent Christmas tidying up (however slightly) my house.

Speaking of which, I finally got myself a Nikon D90, and I love it! I’ve read the manual from cover to cover, and realised that it’s so much more than I had expected when I was doing my research. I hope to develop my photography hobby further, especially now that I’m no longer tied to the limitations of film.

Nikon D90

Nikon D90, taken from Nikon Singapore

And speaking of photography, have a look at the photos I took at Little Guilin the other day.

Little Guilin

Little Guilin

Also in the first part of the reel of film (something which I can do without from now on) were some shots I took at Orchard Road a while back.

ION Orchard by night

ION Orchard by night

My Journey

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s funny when I update my friends on what I’m doing at work, some of them immediately respond with “oh hello Captain!” or “so where have you flown? Is it fun to carry passengers?”.

The only thing that bugs me is that we’re not a captain yet, we don’t carry passengers, and we’re only flying around the local airport.

The truth is, it is going to take a very long and arduous journey before we can even carry passengers, let alone become a captain.

So here, let me share with you a little bit about my job…

The programme starts with the basic flying which tests one’s aptitude, and ground school in Singapore. The ground school leads up to a frozen Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). It is frozen because we wouldn’t have had enough flying hours to get the full ATPL. This phase lasts for about 6 months.

The programme then continues with full-time flying in Australia for about 9 months. Completing this, we will obtain the Commercial Pilot License (CPL), which technically allows us to charge people money to fly with us.

This is then followed by a jet training, also in Australia, which will take up about 4 months.

After this phase, we’ll serve as Second Officers in the company, which will take up another 9 months. This is the stage where we actually carry passengers in real commercial flights.

Only after this will we serve as First Officers, and after a couple years of flying and command training, will we become Captains. I don’t have the numbers for the number of years needed to become a Captain, but it probably takes about 10 years.

So adding up the numbers, it seems like it only takes 18 months to serve our first passengers, right? The thing is that this is the case only in ideal situations. The truth is that some trainings may be delayed or extended, say due to weather, for one batch, and this delay will snowball down to subsequent batches. In reality, the training leading up to the Second Officer stage where we start to carry passengers will take up about 2-2.5 years.

So there you have it. No I’m not a Captain yet, not until at least 10 years later, I’m still flying around the local airport, and no I haven’t carried any passengers yet. 🙂


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Happy New Year 2009

January 1, 2009 2 comments

It’s the new year and I’m having a great time at home.

It’s just a one week holiday, but it’s very packed right to the brim with visits to grandma’s place, a volcanic crater, grandpa’s resting place, and cousin’s wedding. Add great home-cooked food. And not to forget the Flight Experience flight that I took just before I went home. Honestly, I don’t even know if I have the time to blog them out at all.

In any case, here’s wishing everyone in Singapore a very happy new year! May 2009 be a wonderful year for everyone.

Technically, it’s not new year yet at my place, since the time here is one hour earlier than Singapore. But heh, since my blog is set on Singapore time, I might as well send my new year greetings according to Singapore’s time zone.

And don’t forget, 2008 was one second longer due to the leap second. Did you send your wishes too early? 😉

Happy New Year

No more champagne
And the fireworks are through
Here we are, me and you
Feeling lost and feeling blue

It’s the end of the party
And the morning seems so grey
So unlike yesterday
Now’s the time for us to say…

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Sometimes I see
How the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives
In the ashes of our lives

Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he’ll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he’s astray
Keeps on going anyway…

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we dont we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Seems to me now
That the dreams we had before
Are all dead, nothing more
Than confetti on the floor

It’s the end of a decade
In another ten year’s time
Who can say what we’ll find
What lies waiting down the line
In the end of eighty-nine…

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

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In Pursuit of a Suit

December 24, 2008 9 comments

Some of you might have known that I will be flying home this end of the year to attend my cousin’s wedding ceremony reception. Among the first things that hit me was that since this is the wedding of my own extended family, I will need to wear a suit.

The next thing that hit me was the headache of finding a nice suit to wear.

A couple of days ago, my flatmate had kindly brought me on a tour of the so-called 4 shopping corners of Orchard Road/Scotts Road (namely Wisma Atria, Tangs, Marks & Spencers at Wheelock Place, and ISETAN at Shaw Towers). I didn’t buy anything from any of those places for two reasons: the price of the suit at those places are rather expensive, and I wanted to have a look at other more economical (i.e. cheaper) places for comparison.

It was only after I met up with Daphne, Sylv, and Darran over dinner at Suntec City’s Sizzler’s, that I brought up the topic of the suit with them.

Less than two hours after the dinner, I walked out of G2000 with a garment bag containing the suit, and a plastic bag containing the shirt, and matching pants. Also in the plastic bag is an extra T-shirt I bought in order to top up the spending to get two free $10 vouchers.

From Random

The gloomy weather and my lousy Photoshop skills didn’t do justice to the quality of the suit.

Total damage? $210.55.

Suit Blazer: $219.00 50% discount: $109.50
Suit Pants: $79.00 30% discount: $55.30
Formal Shirt: $59.00 30% discount: $41.30
T-Shirt: $33.00 Promotional price: $19.00
Garment bag: $8.00

Sub-total: $233.10
10% DBS card discount (for all items except garment bag): ($22.51)
Rounding: ($0.04)
Total: $210.55

Now I know how it feels like when girls go shopping.

Although it feels good to buy something that makes me look good, I also dread 3 February, when my credit card bill is due.

Anyway, many thanks to Daphne, Sylv, and Darran for accompanying and helping me choose a nice suit. 🙂

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Desires for Egg Nog

December 21, 2008 2 comments

Egg Nog Desire

The blurb for this drink says:

“Egg Nog Desire

Inhale the aroma of traditional Egg Nog with a unique remix of liqueur coffee. tcc’s special creation just for you!”

I’m trying out this drink at tcc (The Coffee Connoisseur? TOP Coffee Connoisseur? Tantalising Caffeine Concoctions?) Suntec City right now. Don’t you think it looks pretty nice?

The coffee is good. The warm liqueur taste is quite strong, while the bitterness of the coffee is complemented by the sweetness of the chocolate rice. Mix that with eggnog, made of milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, and you get the perfect drink for the festive season.

A single-shot goes for $13.80++, while a double-shot one (pictured above) goes for another $1.20.

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A Week of Good Food

December 14, 2008 8 comments

Let’s have a quick look at my spending on dining out the past week:

7 Dec Beef hor fun at Geylang after the Slingers game $9
8 Dec Pastamania and tcc after Bloggers’ Calendar photoshoot $18.20
9 Dec KFC for dinner with Theresia, Melda and Wahyu $8.80
10 Dec Mad Pizza for dinner with Sylv $17.70
11 Dec Subway for dinner $9
12 Dec Ajisen for team member farewell lunch $16.15
13 Dec Ayam penyet for Jenny’s farewell lunch $12
13 Dec Ichiban Boshi for dinner with Theresia, Daphne and Darran $11.60

Total damage: $102.45.

No wonder I feel like I’m 5 months pregnant, on top of being so broke now. Got to eat less good food from now on till the next pay day!

The good news is, the next pay day is also bonus pay day. Yay!

5-month pregnant,

Something Different

November 21, 2008 4 comments

There is something different about today.

I woke up happy, and I jumped to my feet and went to shower as if I was really looking forward to work. I put on my best T-shirt and jeans. Fridays are dress-down day, so there was no need to wear anything to work formal shirt and pants.

Everything seemed beautiful. When I walked out of the house and entered the lift, I smiled to the neighbour who was in the same lift. I got out of the lift with the sound of the birds singing in the trees. The air was fresh, and the weather was perfect.

When I went to KFC and had the most expensive breakfast ever, I didn’t feel guilty at all. And when I walked to the bus stop to embark on the 40-minute journey I take everyday, I felt like there is spring in my feet.

There is definitely something different about today.

Maybe, it’s the one-day leave that I took on Thursday.

Or perhaps, it’s the good deed I performed; helping out my friend with her tuition grant arrangement.

But most likely, it’s the sound of ka-ching in my bank account.

Happy because it’s pay day,

Edit: “This entry was posted on November 21, 2008 at 10:59 am and is filed under life and work.” Now who said life and work can’t go together? 😉

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