Tuesday, December 16, 2014  

[Somebody's gonna get hurt real bad...]

I first learned about credit cards at my first workplace. Back then, I already had debit cards and was happy with them. I never considered getting credit cards until my colleague shared with me the reasons why I should. Namely, they get way better discounts and rewards, and in case of fraud, you don't have to pay the banks the "scammed" amounts.

I took some time to research all the cards then and settled on two. I don't believe in having a whole bunch of cards. Ideally, we should just have one card, so we can put all our spending on the card and maximise the reward generation.

I took the effort to, as far as possible, charge all my spending to my credit cards. This included topping up my EZ-link cards with them. When I started doing this, the only good way to do this was to sign-up for their auto top-up facility. This service charges an additional 25-cents per top-up, so it's a no-brainer to select the highest top-up amount ($50). I linked my EZ-link to my UOB ONE, and had to get multiple EZ-link cards for this purpose because I didn't want the top-up to be executed after I've hit my limit for the month (this has something to do with how the UOB ONE works). I would time the auto top-ups to happen only in the earlier part of the billing cycle.

These days, machines that allow you to top-up your EZ-link cards with credit cards are appearing. I've seen and used one at Plaza Singapura. It allowed me to top-up my EZ-link card with no surcharges.

I then saw the same machine at a CC near my place. I proceeded to cancel the auto top-up facility on two of my three EZ-link cards, with a view to refunding them and transferring their value into my lone remaining card.

The cancellation of the auto top-up has already been executed. I'm all ready to get my cards refunded (can only do so one week after the auto top-up is cancelled) when I realised the machine at the CC is not exactly the same.

I tried using the machine this past weekend and at one point, was asked to insert my card into the machine. I looked high and low, but could not find the slot to insert my credit card. I even took apart the mounting bracket a little, there simply wasn't anywhere a credit card can be inserted.

I wrote an email to the CC folks. Hope they do something about it and get the machine replaced soon.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014  

[When you gotta go...]

Recently, a lot of people were shamed on social media for relieving themselves in public. Sometimes it's an adult, sometimes it's an adult helping a child. Sometimes it's number one, sometimes it's number two.

A lot of people immediately jumped to the conclusion that the people caught doing so were from a certain country. I suppose it was due to a number of factors. Firstly, these reputation of these people didn't help. Secondly, we never had so many of them here before, until now. Putting two and two together, it's not hard to see why people jump to such conclusions.

When all these was going on, one of the things I could not understand was why were so many of them getting caught on camera all of a sudden. Are they really all from that country? If so, did they really bring over this disgusting habit with them?

Today I had the misfortune of seeing it for myself. I don't know the nationality of the people involved. But I do think such people needed to be shamed.

There were grass patches and drains nearby. Why did she have to let her child go right in the middle of the road?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014  

[A new beginning...]

Today marks the day I moved out from my parents' place and into my own place. I am adjusting to the new surroundings, the new routines, and I have a million thoughts in my head and I am tired. Hopefully the rest of this post makes sense.

While I am excited to finally have a place of my own, it was also a bittersweet moment. Last night, I was keenly aware that I was lying in my bed for the last time. Twenty-seven years is a long time. The same bed I looked forwarded to after a hard day; the same bed I missed when I was in NS.

My sister bought ice-cream for everyone last night. Biting into the chocolate-mint ice-cream sandwich only made me think of the times I spent with my sister in my parents' place. I literally watched her grow up to the young lady she is today. We've both come a long way since we first set foot in that flat.

I still remember the smell of the renovation works when my father was working in the flat, getting it ready. I still remember the smell of the new furniture, the fun times I had with my sister growing up. The times in NS when I wished so hard for it all to be over, to be able to crawl into my bed. The times when I am overseas, felt homesick, and wished to be home.

So many memories.

I'm spending the night alone in my flat tonight. The Wife should be staying over from Saturday onwards, when the bed is delivered. I suppose today is the "soft launch", while Saturday is the official day we start our new lives together.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014  

[Something new...]

Someone at work offered me a piece. Now I'm hooked.

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Sunday, November 02, 2014  

[Dinner last night...]

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014  

[A little different...]

The sunrise looked a little different this morning. There seems to be something blocking some of the light.

We tend to take the sunrise for granted. It's hard to imagine that one day, the sun will be gone and we would all be dead. We are so very small in the universe that we know of.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014  

[A promise kept...]

When Mariah Carey last performed here 14-years ago, I was a student and could not afford to go to her concert. I promised myself that the next time she comes, I would go.

A lot has changed in 14-years. The style of her music has changed a lot. I prefer her older songs, to be honest.

In any event, I made it. My first-ever concert. I thought her rendition of "Hero" alone was worth the ticket price.

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Friday, October 03, 2014  

[What went wrong?]

My wife was at Toa Payoh recently and she saw something rather distressing.

There was an old man selling tissue paper near NTUC and three HDB Hub security guards were trying to get him to leave.

Foreigners come here and live the high life. They live in nice houses, drive flashy cars, and bed all the hot chicks. Some come and cheat rich old people of their money. They come here, most of them with no intentions of settling down, leech whatever they can, and go back to their home countries.

What about the people who built this country into what it is today? They sell tissue paper, collect cardboard boxes, or clear tables at food-courts in order to survive.

How did we get here? What went wrong?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014  

[Lazy Sunday...]

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Thursday, September 25, 2014  

[Ode to an ice-cream bar...]

I first saw you on a flight to the United States about fourteen years ago. When the stewardess handed you to me, I had no idea what you were. For some reason, instead of your familiar packaging, a plain white wrapper was used instead.

It was one of the best things I've ever tasted.

Since then, I've been on the look-out for you at my neighbourhood supermarket, but you've never appeared. Who knew that the next time I would see you would be this past May in Dubai.

I finally found you in Singapore. At Cold Storage Anchorpoint.

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