Saturday, February 24, 2007

Back Breaking Work

yep, the digging season has started, many wonder what?

here's a brief picture story to tell you how i am doing my "work"

first i find a nice green pasture of grass, select the areas that we have to study and
From Cowgrass @ TP

then, we stick a metal gadget into the ground and extract some soil samples out. (accurately speaking, Ad does the sticking the gadget into the ground and Ad does the digging hee)
then as you pull out the gadget, a nice core of soil comes out with it like this
From Cowgrass @ TP

then I have to section this core into a few different portions for the rest of the work that I have to do with them. The sectioning is super back breaking man, imagine doing that for 5hrs under the hot sun for a few days in a row, my back nearly broke into two!

Then Ad will dig and dig for the plant along with its roots so that we can use the roots as well.
From Cowgrass @ TP

so here's a picture story of why we have backaches these days!


Prison Break

Woah, we are hot on the heels of this serial Prison Break.

Very exciting leh, the storyline is fantastic, always something unexpected at each twist and turn, the acting is superb, you can get so totally absorbed into the drama because of how well the emotions are protrayed. I must also comment on the way it is directed, the angles of the cameras etc, simply breathtaking.

Each episode ends with a "Woah! what is going to happen next?"

You cannot wait to watch the next episode, you cannot stop drooling a the lead actors, too bad for the whole body of tattoo though hee...

go catch it!

Daddys in our lives

Something strike me a while ago while watching how children mimic their parents in the way they walk, talk and respond to different situations. In some documentaries like Child of Our Time, they also did specific studies on the importance of fathers in a child's life.

For many aspects of a child's childhood, the fathers may seem redundant as they cannot breast feed the child, they dun seems to understand the different cries of a child, they cannot change their nappies as well, cannot feed the kid without making a big mess, cannot get the sleeping times in their head, these physical needs seems to be done best by the mummies, so what are daddies for?

Rough play! this enhances their risk-taking nature, sense of adventure and fun. In adulthood, it gives them a baseline of confidence when they meet with difficult situations, this sense of risk-taking propels them forward. Daddies instil in their kids a sense of confidence that on one else can give. When a dad give his child a nod of approval, the child's lights up and beam, because he feels loved and accepted.

What about the impact of the fatherhood in our lives?

In the older days, when the fathers are not so well-read or perhaps more focus on bringing the dough back home instead of asking themselves how good a father they have been, these fathers did not realise the impact of their actions on us, their children.

My dad was never really involved in my life, I only speak to HIM one-to-one twice a year, that was when I come home with my report book. He will glance at it, trying to figure out what the numbers mean (hardly any 100% so its harder to figure out if 66% was good or average haha). As the youngest in the family, I have to admit that my results were nothing to be proud of, since my sister has ALWAYS aced her exams, there isnt really one that she was not either the top student or the 2nd in the entire cohort! How to beat?

My dad's comments were always, work harder on this and that which ever that looks the worst. Sometimes he will refer to the previous years to compare if I had any "improvements" and try to give me a "not bad lah your maths improve". That was all I ever got from my dad as the attention from him was 5min x twice a year. He would go back to his cigerettes and tv and so would I.

I only remember him losing his temper with him once when i was about 6, when I took something that I should not even though I really did not realise it was wrong. He caned me :(

The next time the was really mad with me was when I got much older, this time, I could sense that he was totally disappointed with me and we never really talked about the situation ever again. Because by the time I realised how we ended up in that situation, dad was gone. I never got that "I forgive you" from him.

For a long time, I could not understand how could he get so mad with me for so long and not think of How I feel! It seems so unfair.

Then I realised that he did not have the best parents to show him how to be the best father hence he was still learning and it did not help that I did not tell him how hurtful his look of disappointment was, how much it meant to me to receive that acceptance from him.

The hurt that I felt as painful as well as puzzling.

Today, as I look around amongst my peers, I see some of us having issues with our parents which we could not get past. If so, isn't the best way to get over it by talking to them direct? At least we can say that we have tried to clear the cloud of doubt and chose to be "re-born" again in the relationship with our parents. Don't wait till its too late.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Start of Lent

The Purpose Driven Book

2 years ago, a friend literately stuffed this book into my hands, he told me to READ it! Its good!

This friend is one who usually pampers me with great gifts for my mind and soul, he is also seldom wrong about the "power" of the book. I took it up, read it and after 7 chapters, could not remember what it was talking about. I guess I was not ready to read this book yet then.

This year, we started doing a small scale sharing group and coincidentally Ad chose the same series to be used. I guess its a signal that I should pick up the book and read it again.

The interesting part about this book is it is divided into 40chapters, as with there are 40days in Lent to Easter, when Jesus died and rose again, returning in glory. So if we just read one chapter a day, we'll finish it in 40days in time for Easter if we start on Ash Wednesday.

Yep, that's what I'm going to attempt to do, read and try to debate with some pals about it. If u are interested, join me!


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Yummy Oxtail

Ad's passion for cooking never ceases, his constantly works on perfectly certain dishes, this entry is about the PERFECT oxtail stew that he prepared... yum yum

lucky I caught the picture early, because it was totally wiped out at the end of dinner! haha

so folks out there interested in preparing a solid solid oxtail stew, get the recipe from AD!


Friday, February 16, 2007

tired of being ah long

u know, during festive seasons, its natural that people pool money together to get a nice, suitable gift for someone common in the group.

The most undesirable effects of this activity is, someone gotta pay upfront for the gift first and then the rest of the people are SUPPOSED to pay back.

Its been two months since Christmas, I'm still "chasing" these people to pay me back the $, some times it can be as little as $10 but cummulatively, it can get to a pretty large sum of money.

I'm getting tired of being the ah long, i think this year, i'll stick to individual gifts!

THOSE out there who owes me $$ BETTER PAY up! if not I'll send u a leftover pighead to your house and charge u extra! hahaha

(but then hor, those who reads my blogs are NOT the same pple who owe me the $, how eh?)


cross-eye Jen

sorry folks out there, havent been blogging much about the things that are happening lately, that is because i've been on my toes with a new writting assignment (shit speaking of which i just remembered that i have to finish another TWO written assignments!! ARGHH!!)

This writting assignment requires me to run through alot of data, having to toggle between excel, notepad, safari, word, treelife etc, its making my eyes really tired at the end of the day, sometimes at 4pm, my eyes want to give up already.

Question is: is it normal to feel SO SO SO fatigue with the eyes? I'm afraid that my eyes will go konk ka kiao leh!

In addition, my shoulders and neck are going into the permernant ache syndrome, for maintaining the hands-on-Peppermint posture!


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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Valentine's Day Prayer

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - I CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 NIV


Because love is patient.

Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen.
Hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage, remembering your endless patience with me.

Because love is kind.

Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful. Remind me to smile and to say "Please" and "Thank You" because those little things still mean so much.

Because love does not envy or boast, and it is not proud.

Help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others. May I celebrate and appreciate all that I have and all that I am, as well as doing the same for those around me.

Because love is not rude or self-seeking.

Help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart. When I'm tempted to get wrapped up in my own little world, remind me there's a great big world out there full of needs and hurts.

Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs.

Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.
When I want to hold onto a grudge, gently help me release it so I can reach out with a hand of love instead.

Because love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Help me stand up for what is right and good. May I defend the defenseless, and help the helpless. Show me how I can make a difference.

Because love always protects and always trusts.

Help me to be a refuge for those around me. When the world outside is harsh and cold, may my heart be a place of acceptance and warmth.

Finally, because love always perseveres.

Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others. Thank you for this day when we celebrate love, and for showing us what that word really means.



Tuesday, February 13, 2007

TEST tonight

yep, going to get my first written test in a long time... wonder how i'll fare, I refused to take a module that has a sit down exams because I'm scaddy cat about sit down exams, I think the smell of the exam hall makes my stomach churn inside.

I remember how one classmate (smart ass kind, straight distinction kid) used to come and cause mega fear amongst us average students by asking ultra tough questions 5mins before we enter the exam hall. She'll strategically ask JUST before we have to enter, put aside our notes ensuring that we have NO time to double check our information, entering the exam hall with alot of doubts in our minds.

That lady is dangerous man! After sitting through two papers, like that, no one wanted to stand next to her before we enter the exam hall. hahaha

yes, am getting slightly panicky for tonight's TEST. even though its an open book test. even though our examiner is pretty open-minded (which can be loosely translated to he accepts all sorts of crap hahaha). I'm still feeling the heat.... just like old times.

I think i better hide somewhere to MUG first!

i should also pray that he can read my handwriting eh? I think hor, nowadays I can type faster than I can write leh. how eh?

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Thank God for Free Softwares

I was about to be in panic mode already, cos I've been trying to write up this "paper" that is of precious importance to me and I have little clue of how to handle the massive load of data.

After months of sitting on it, when I finally got down to sorting them out, they are actually not as bad as I thought! Thank God for free softwares!

And I must emphasize that they are EASY to use free softwares! hahahahahahahaha

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Monday, February 12, 2007

iPhoto to web direct express via Google Picasa

You will need a google account to do this. (email me if u want an invitation to have a gmail account, quite member's only kinda privileges)

Then click at more google services.

You will find a link to Photos, there u can find the download options to your pc or mac. Pretty cool, they have a stand alone software to browse your photo gallery for direct uploading of your photos on to the web which also offers an option to copy the file to be used on a blog. pretty fast link.

The other option which I'm blogging about is a direct link from within iPhoto itself. When you chose the export feature, you can see that there's an additional option to upload to google's photo gallery direct. Super cool!

It will prompt you for your gmail username and password.

and then it will ask if you would like it to add to an exisiting album or a new album and put in some description for the album as well as if you would like this album to be in the public or private gallery.

From 200702picasai...

have fun!


Friday, February 09, 2007

Sweet moment

last night my godson's parents had to pick up something from our place at 1045pm. I thought that our godson would be fast asleep in the car....

But he was NOT haha

He gave me a giant grin when he saw me from the window of the car and could recognise me straightaway!!

So daddy had to give him up to me and godson was excited when I lifted him up in the air. He must have thought that we're going out on a late night outing hahaha

After a few mins of playing with him, he refused to go home! Even mummy Em tried to offer her hands and he "rejected" her offer.

Aiyo, this boy is so full of energy and curiousity for this whole.

It was definitely a sweet moment for me to play with him even for the few short mins.

That grin.... unforgettable. hee

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The Value in Life

This is a tale about two friends crossing through the dessert. At some
point they had an argument, and
one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt,
but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:


They kept on walking until they found an oasis,
where they decided to take a bath. The one who
had been slapped got stuck in the mire and
started drowning, but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near
drowning, he wrote on a stone:


The friend who had slapped and
saved his best friend asked him,
"After I hurt you, you wrote in the
sand and now, you write on a stone,
why?" The other friend replied "When someone
hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds
of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone
does something good for us, we must engrave
it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."


They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
an hour to appreciate them,
a day to love them,
but then an entire life to forget them.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Blood by John Fisher

Jesus says in John 17:21, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one …”

What does it mean to be “family”?

First of all, it means blood. Blood relatives trump all other relationships. You don’t get to choose your family; you don’t select your mother or your father, your siblings or your kids. What you have is what you got, and like it or not, it’s your blood. You will not be a healthy person unless you embrace this. Deny your family and you deny yourself in some way.

So what if your family is dysfunctional? Actually, I have yet to meet one that isn’t. I suppose, like all things, this is relative. Some are worse off than others. Some appear perfect by comparison, but time would reveal sores, wounds, and neglect. There are “black sheep” in every family. There are unforgiven sins. There are breeches, walls, and weak links in the family chain, but there is blood nonetheless, and the life is in the blood.

In the movie Parenthood, staring Steve Martin, there is a scene where the wayward son is asking his father to loan him some money. He’s in trouble and he owes someone who will harm him if he doesn’t pay back. He’s also got a new scheme that will make him “millions,” but will take him out of the country, which means he must leave his illegitimate son with his dad, too. And the dad gives him the money and takes the grandson, even though he knows he will probably not see the money or his son again. Why does he do it? Blood. It’s what a father does. God himself was represented in a similar story that Jesus told of the prodigal son, as one who gave his son his inheritance when he asked for it, knowing full well he was going to squander it unwisely. No questions asked. No lecture.

If this is the way it is with our earthly families, how much more with our heavenly one, into which we have been adopted by blood – the precious blood of Jesus? That blood not only paid the price for our sins, it put us in a family with a heavenly father who gives good gifts – who loves, disciplines, and is extremely patient because he has already forgiven. We’ve got a new kind of family with blood relatives for eternity. And even though these “blood of Jesus” relatives will disappoint us on earth, we are still family. We are one with God and each other. We will soon experience this oneness in heaven in its perfection, even as we have glimpses of it now, so we treat each other as family, regardless. We look past our dysfunctions. We embrace our brokenness, because Jesus has done the same for us. We are blood.

We will always be.

This article strike me because it says that everyone's family is dysfunctional in some way or the other. In recent years, this phenomena seems to be more apparent. Interesting food for thought...


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Dance Floor

Its the first time I'm watching Singapore's edition of reality dance show the Dance Floor.

Some of the groups looked really polished, even practised in dance studios! Unless its family business or rich parentage, I'm guessing they hired professional choregraphers to help them with choice of dance, music, costume etc.

But the girl groups and boy groups seems to be doing better than the couple groups.

The judges are super dramatic! Their comments swing from terribly critical to horrendously supportive. I think they are more suited to be judges for reality acting competitions.

One group did a pull off the skirt and got battered like kids who stole. Another group had one guy sneezing in the middle of the dance and the judges applaude to his professionalism of emotions during the dance. HUH?

Its alot more entertaining then the other dance shows though. I think the judges are becoming more like an accessory to these reality shows then actually giving meaningful input for the contestants. They do not get to decide which team moves forward and which team does not, so really Why are they even on the show??

And someone please tell Gladys Tay to put on LESS make up. its very painful to watch her on the screen with hardly any eye but a blue patch of eye shadow.

Links can be found here


yeah sky's clearing up

yeah yeah yeah, finally can see some blue skies.

the gloomy cloudy weather was getting to me in addition to the super chilling wind.

i'm sure those cold-air loving fans will disagree with me.

Strangely, this year the winds are extremely chilling at 22degC, I dun recall having such cold winds in Singapore last year (because this time last year, I was sweating my butts off tending after the many troughs of grasses in the hot sun along with my labmates, so clearly such lovely weather was definitely absent)

Global warming has certainly hit us hard this time, so will u opt for aircon tonight? or make a difference with just using the FAN or try to sleep with lighter clothes.

Give our children a chance to enjoy lovely tropical sunny Singapore before it starts flooding everywhere and possibly even snow?



Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Wah Liao Eh

I cannot get it!

There's this sales person who is going to deliver active cells to my lab and she's going to take a detour of 1hr++ instead of coming here direct!!

She's got the cheek to say that they've been doing things like this all along!

Aiyo! if there's any problems with her cells, i've to return all of them and wait for a new batch! That's terrible!

Don't they know that these live cells are very weak cells that should be handled with the upmost CARE?

I hope their company train their staff on product knowledge for other consumers!

*fingers crossed* on my cells!

The other aspect of this situation is the conversation with this sales person, she has the tendency to go "erhm, yah yah." Even though the conversation does not require that!

Its very insincere when someone answers your yes or no questions that way, 5 in a row!


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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Brain Freeze

does anyone experience brain freeze without drinking cold drinks?

recently my brain seems to "malfunction" its just blocked. so blocked that you can feel a cloud of something, could be mucus or something stuck on it physcially, cutting off oxygen supply to the brain and hence I cannot think straight.

A few weeks ago, I had a week of clear clear brain days and it was amazing, I could think!

By that I mean higher cognitive analysis of issues, ideas and even writing skills. I felt SMART haha

But these last two weeks, my brain has been in the "frozen" state again. Not sure why it occurs at such rates. Does anyone out there know what I mean??

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I'm a Diva!

haha i did my nails while living like a DIVA hee hee

this mani, pedi place is awesome, warm lighting, soothing decoration, each seat is a full back massage chair, a side table with a 10inch DVD player and a collection of the latest DVDs were available for watching, a list of juices and tea to chose from to drink.

Very awesome.

The results of the mani & pedi was quite satisfactory as well, I usually have the problem of over-cutting of the cuticle but this time, they cut really nicely and cleanly too! Very happy to see such cleanly nicked cuticles hee hee

The staff were very attentive and sweet, often checking if we needed anymore drinks, if we were too cold, put on a blanket, turn on additional massagers for our legs, the best service I have had so far!

Way to go Polish Divas!

What I like best about this place is.... it allows u to share your packages with your friends, max 3 at a time, doesnt matter if they r the same pple every time or not. Cool eh? So divas, get ready to spend quality time together, bonding while getting our nails done! hee hee

Hey J & L, thanks for bringing me there!!

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Colourful Shuffles

What a great way to hang out and listen to music in your clip n go manner.

Apple has launched their latest series of Shuffles in various different colors! Gives you a great excuse to own more than ONE shuffle, grey for boring lecture materials, orange for funky hip hop musice, green for evergreen oldies, blue for blues, pink for retro.... i think I would still need another few more colours for chinese, canto pop, musicals, country music.....

Will Apple come out with a wider colour range for the Shuffles? We wait to see...