Wednesday, January 27, 2016  

[Life in prison...]

Last night, when I caught a view of the block of flats opposite mine, a thought hit me.

As it was night-time, the people who were home all had their lights on. Mine is a pretty new estate and this is the first time I’ve seen so many lights on in the block opposite mine. The light from inside their flats, coupled with the black window frames, reminded me of one thing.

Prison.

The prisons in Singapore don’t look like that, obviously. But it does look like something out of Prison Break. That’s when it hit me. We spend 8-10 hours a day at work either in a small cubicle or in a small room. Most of us would wish to be anywhere else but there. We have no choice as we need the money to survive. A small, little space we can’t quite leave. That’s prison if you ask me.

At the end of the day, we get off work and go home. Back to another (although bigger by comparison) small space we call “home”. To rest and recharge, to prepare for another soul-sucking, meaningless day at work. So really, we are prisoners in our own home, a “prison” we paid for. And in Singapore, it’s not even really yours. You paid for it, but it’s yours for only 99-years. Lovely.

Is this the way we’re supposed to live? Destined to be stuck at “jobs” that don’t really matter in the long-run and spending whatever free time we have to recharge ourselves, to convince ourselves that it’s not that bad? To spend most of our lives at “work” so we have the resources to enjoy ourselves during the little free time that we have?

There should be more to life than this.

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Sunday, January 03, 2016  

[What are you looking at?]


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Wednesday, December 30, 2015  

[321...]

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015  

[My experience with Image Creative...]

I received the keys to my BTO flat in July last year. I engaged Image Creative for my flat’s renovations. There were some hiccups along the way, but nothing too major and I suppose it’s normal for some hiccups to happen along the way.

It’s what happened after the renovation was done, during the warranty period, that changed my impression of Image Creative.

Early this year, I spotted some water-marks on one of my interior walls. The one between the MBR and the middle bedroom. The only possible water source would be the air-con pipings. I notified my ID from Image Creative and she sent the air-con guys down to take a look. The air-con guys told me there was nothing wrong with the air-con pipings, seeing how the boxed-up trunking was completely dry. They told me to try repairing the damage using sealer, before repainting the wall.

That worked for a while. No more water-marks were seen. Until recently, when I noticed there are water-marks on the other side of the same wall:


I didn’t notice it until recently as much of the wall was hidden behind my MBR door. I tried contacting my ID, but could not locate her. The warranty on the renovation work ends on 14 Dec, so I didn’t want to wait and called Image Creative on 8 Dec. The lady who answered my call said she had to check with her boss and get someone to call me back. I also found out that the my ID has left the Image Creative.

I called Image Creative again the next day when I didn’t hear from them. This time, the lady who answered the call (I believe it’s the same person) directed my call to someone. This person sounded rather impatient and kept saying “okay” as I was explaining the issue. When I asked what the remedial actions would be, he said he would find a tiler to come down to take a look. I didn’t realise it at the time, but afterwards I wondered whether was he even really listening since I don’t know what good would a tiler be in a situation like this. Anyway, I asked who was I speaking to, in case I had to contact him again. He told me his name was Randy.

After I put down the phone, I did a search online. Image Creative was started by three brothers, Roger, Elson and Randy Tan. I don’t know if it was the same Randy I spoke with on the phone.

Sad to say, I never heard back from Image Creative. And my warranty from them has since lapsed.

I did subsequently follow-up on this matter on my own, and my ID got back to me as well, so the matter is on the way to being resolved. I am, however, terribly disappointed with Image Creative. They did not honour their warranty and left their customer in the lurch. Thank goodness my ID was willing to make a trip down (even though she has left Image Creative) to examine the issue and advise me.

Because of this recent incident, I find it hard to recommend Image Creative to anyone who’s looking to renovate their flat. Problems with renovation may not always be immediately apparent, so it's important to find a renovation company who will do the proper follow-up and honour their warranty commitments.

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Friday, December 25, 2015  

[Where's my human?]

Forgotten water-bottle on bus seat.

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Friday, December 11, 2015  

[They put green tea in everything these days...]

Green tea Hello Panda biscuits.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015  

[This is so good...]

Hokkien prawn noodles from Toa Payoh.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015  

[Taste the rainbow...]

Skittles!

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Friday, November 13, 2015  

[Hello ladies...]

Intel NUC.

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Monday, October 05, 2015  

[136!]


Not bad, considering I no longer play regularly.

^^^ by Locksley @ 5:23 PM. 1 comments.
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