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Thursday, September 16, 2004

My encounter with a moron who think he is God's great gift to MANKIND

Had a nice and quiet dinner with my better half at Toa Payoh Central (Sizzler's) yesterday. Teriyaki salmon was yummy !!..

Our table was near the cashier and the lovely environment was broken by this guy having an argument with the cashier over something. (i suspect over some information that he has in his smartcard chip that Sizzler couldn't verify). What really turn me off when he ended of the argument by saying arrogantly "..........i should know about smartchips/cards, i am an IT professional !".

I got angry and very pissed with that so-called "IT professional", because
a) of his tone of voice and arrogrance
b) he looked down on the cashier and basically told her to face that he is more intelligent...

What he totally lack was graciousness and humbleness. It didn't matter customer service at Sizzler's was top noch..but the fact of the matter, a little graciousness goes a long way.

Someone once told me, "you may be intelligent, but there will be always other people who are more intelligent than you"..

It draws me to quote: "Learning can only take place when you show some humbleness and willingness to open your mind to others".

HAPPY LEARNING friends..

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

[Magazine Review] Muscle Media

Today, i shall do a magazine review, rather than just blah blah about everything and nothing in particular (after all this is a rojak blog)...When am i doing this u may ask ? ..Just feel like it lor..

Muscle Media (Available in all libraries and good bookshops)

This is an interesting and all rounded magazine focusing on nutrition, body-building as well as building up your brain.

What really strikes me is the fact that this magazine is not like the rest of the muscle magazines where u see basically people pumped up, looking like incredible hulk on steroids...or worst still a muscle magazine disguised as a soft-porn magazine ...

Broken up into easy-to-read sections on exercise, nutrition, success stories, lifestyles etc. I really love the section on sucess stories, where it features real people who have undertaken the Body-for-Life Programme and overcome their inner devils.(a trademark and registered brand of EAS)

Finally, i like about this magazine is the fact that it constantly reminds us that training and body-building is both a mental and physical effort. We have to first "work-out" our mind and from there transform ourselves thru the food we cook and eat (i just love their section on nutrition-cause it features food that are really really edible and not just focusing on pills, ), all round training (both cardio and weights), and finally the lifestyle we live. (i.e we don't need to be a gym rat to get to the right shape)

I have been a loyal follower of this magazine for two years now and although my success story in my struggle to shape up is nothing to shout about, i do recommend it to D-I-Y beginneers or people facing difficulties in getting to shape, but not willing or too shy to sign up with a personal trainer.


References
1) EAS website http://www.eas.com/
2) Muscle Media Magazine http://www.getbig.com/magazine/mm2k/mm2k.htm?

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Choosing the right Flower Crab

LIFE SKILLS

Just last Sunday, went to the market with mom and as we were going thru the fresh food section at Toa Payoh NTUC, the flower crabs look delicious... That's they point where my mom imparted on me some simple words of wisdom...."When choosing a good flower crab, choose the female one as it usually will contain rich-orange color roe in them which are delicious when cooked".

She further elaborated on how this is done. To recognise the female crab, turn them behind and look at its underside:
a) a male crab has a pointed tail flap
b) the female a wider, more rounded flap
c) underside should also feel firm when press upon lightly
d) overall crab should not feel light and legs mostly intact....

So using the criteria given, i chose a few crabs to bring back for dinner....

Not only i gain valuable life skills and words of wisdom from my mom....., we interacted and bonded with on her a personal level and its something i will remember for a long, long time.

By the way the crab tasted good.. Thks mom !!!!


Saturday, August 28, 2004

No "Live" telecast of English Premier League

Football fans as well as pub owners in Singapore read with fear that there might be no live telecast of English Premier League (EPL) matches today. Our local cable television operator (Starhub) could not come to an deal agreement with ESPN StarSports, on what the local cable provider claims that ESPN wants to charge 6 times more that what it has previously paid last season.

Hardcore EPL fans who spent their weekend glued to their tvs are crying out bloody murder while pub owners can kiss some of their beer profits goodbye!! Retrenchment are in the pipeline for the sexy football babes at devils bar (oh no !!!) if this doesn't get resolved....

World oil crisis.....Bird flu in M'sia leading to expensive egg crisis..and now EPL crisis...How much more bad news can we take !!!!!! groan....

hmmmm...this got me thinking again( hey!! i am on a roll here) . Maybe this is more that what it seems....Studying deeper, it seems more like some hidden agenda to get people to have more babies !! [Read on if you like or just say "bullshit" ]

Well, my theory derives from the fact that recently, the government announced lots of incentives to get married couples to have kids. This includes subsidised maid levies, tax incentives, longer maternity leave, five day working week...all to encourage family well-being and of course keep the stork busy..
  1. No EPL = the boys spent more time during weekends at home or with their love ones, hopefully they do more woppie ---- HEY more babies !!!
  2. Oil crisis = people cut cost by conserving energy, travelling less and stay home more. one thing led to another..." ba da boom..ba da bang".......HEY more babies !!!
  3. Expensive chicken and eggs - Now how this helps in our goverment policy for more babies....hmmmmmmmmmm [this is tricky] ...any conspiracy theorist out there that can help me see the link ??

Whatever it is !! Kudos to our leaders for a well thought policy.... To the rest of us with no plans tonite, no football to watch, to broke to travel, to cheapskate to buy eggs.........what u waiting, go make babies lah.... or become a Priest.



Friday, August 27, 2004

Welcome to the Rojak Librarian Blog

Rojak...well, it's a local dish right here in S'pore. Depending on who u ask, the S'pore Rojak is essentially a salad (ingredients include bangkawang or turnips, gree mango, "heiko" or black shrimp paste, cucumber,roasted peanuts grounded, taupok etc)..in short it is "mix' of everything asian........

kind of describes me !! a Chinese dude who doesn't speak Mandarin, half past six in dialects like cantonese and hokkien...Speak good Malay and English and swear pretty well in Tamil.

Friday, August 13, 2004

A New Chapter - for the Singapore Government and me

For those of you not hiding underneath a bomb shelter (or not from Singapore), you would have come to realise that Singapore has a new Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

The transition was smooth and was shown "live' on all of S'pore's free-to-air channels yesterday. Mr Lee is the third Prime Minister, succeeding his previous predecssor, Mr Goh Chok Tong, who ruled the country for the past 14 years. The swearing in ceremony, held at the grounds of the Istana with 1,400 or so invited guest. The guest list includes not only politicians, businessman, key army figures, but also hawkers, taxi-drivers, students, tv stars, sport personalities, etc. etc.)

Damn, why was I not invited !! Alas, should i feel hurt that i was left out from this fabulous opportuity to rub shoulders with S'pore's elite ???........Nah! That is just so NOT me...!
What was i doing then ? I was in the gym, trying "unsuccessfully" to lose that extra pounds gained from a weekend of glorious food.

The story goes: The TV was on, and as i was running on the thread mill, feeling a bit like a fat hamster in that little "ferris-wheel contraption" pet owners buy to "entertain" the hairy furball in its cage, i overhead the guys around me sniggering and commenting, when the Minister Mentor (Mr Lee Hsien Loong's father- Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapre) was sworn in. "What the hell is a "Minister Mentor", i overheard one exclaimed ! Is there anywhere else in the world, where there is position called Minister Mentor ?

That got me thinking (and i seldom do that),..What if all countries do the same, and create a position for their former, experienced, well-liked, retired Head of State as an advisor, a mentor to the new Steward of the country? Would the world be a better place?

Hmmm...of course, not if the mentor was a dictator or tyrant of a previously overthrowed regime (Sadam, Hussein,Slobodan Milosevic, Pol Pot, Ferdinand Marcos, Augusto Pinochet, are but a few that comes to my mind),

But, what if, the previous Steward was one who has lead his/her country to positive economic and social development within its country, encourage co-operation and partnership across its neighbours by building bridges of friendship and communication.. Wouldn't the world be a better place ?? I think so...

I may be simplistic in my outlook, some may say. But really, don't we all wish that we have good leaders (be it among your peers or work place) who is always there to freely impart their knowledge, experienes and help you along that journey in life ??? Well i do...and that's why i am happy that S'pore have a Minister Mentor.

Looking at myself, in my life's journey, my favourite teacher was a friend and a mentor to me, constantly reminding me to think of the consequences of my action or "to think before i act". Without him, i will probably remained a hot headed, brash and quick to react person...... In my working career, i have various "mentors" giving me free advice on how to handle difficult situations as well as projects....To them i am grateful as well. In my personal life, my better half is like a mentor to me as well. She dispenses at the right moment, advise that are worth a million dollars.....

So my point....Be grateful, especially if we are blessed with a benevolent Mentor...It's not often we get to have one..