While I am delighted when regular readers and new visitors alike show their appreciation of my effort and sometimes shower me with insightful questions or constructive criticisms for improvements, I never fail to be annoyed by some people who simply assumes I’m the tech support guy for many of their problems.
Some don’t bother to even read through the tutorial before directly asking me for help. I didn’t know I advertised myself as a spoon-feeding, free-of-charge designer cum script debugger.
Some goes straight to the point in their emails - they sound more like my boss barking orders at me. Help me solve this. It isn’t working. Help me solve that. Get rid of this bug.
These people really need to be taught the art of asking. A simple, polite question will definitely brighten my day and of course, makes me more willing to work for you, free-of-charge :)
Hey, so, what I was wondering was why did you pick NTU? And, well, I'm nervous about how my admission decisions will turn out (I find out early - mid July). I'm just wondering if you considered NUS and SMU? --And what programs did you apply for? What made you choose that? (Yes, i'm at that pivotal moment in high school where everything counts, but nothing really matters. Graduation approaches fast, and choices start decreasing :/)
The reason why I picked NTU is because I love the school which is offering my course. I was offered a place in the School of Biological Sciences and what sets NTU and NUS apart is that the former does not require the bidding of subjects. It’s more of a first-come-first-serve basis (with priority given to older students).
Plus, I really love the campus life more for my current university. The halls of residences are picturesque, although the distance from town is very far, the serenity away from the hustle and bustle of town is very alluring ;)
What course are you interested in taking?
p/s: I only applied for NUS and NTU. SMU is out of my reach because I’m not doing business, law, accountancy or anything.
Hi, I'm a high school student in USA studying history. I've been reading your blog for quite a while now and I noticed that you live in Singapore. In history class, we learned that Singapore is very clean and has little crime. However, you have some rather over-oppressive laws, such as that you cannot chew gum. Is this true? If so, what do you think of the laws? Do you think they are too absurd or oppressive, or are you glad that they are keeping the country beautiful? (I'm truly very sorry if I have been misinformed about the laws; I mean no offense.)
Yep, you’re not wrong at all. The laws here are indeed too oppressive and people have always commented that the government is like an over-protective, over-zealous parent looking over perfectly well-behaved kids.
Here are a few laws that you’ll find absurd:
No chewing gum (except for dentist-approved ones). The reason? The gum posed a huge problem because they interfere with the sensors of trains, a very common transport mode in Singapore.
No drinking of plain water on trains. Once you drink, face the music (and a hefty fine). If one really needs to drink water, they should proceed to the station’s control platform and ask for permission to drink (this is ridiculous and LOL).
Penal code 377(a), which makes male-to-male sex illegal even if two partners give consent. India repealed the law recently. Britain repealed the law long ago. Singapore haven’t.
Smoking on trains? Pay $1000.
Eating and drinking on trains (which includes plain water, see #2)? Pay $500.
Flammable goods on trains? Pay $5000.
Littering? Pay $1000 for first offenders. Comes with Corrective Work Order (e.g. sweeping the streets in public) for repeated offenders. Media may be invited.
Posessing 15g of heroin, 30g of morphine, 30g of cocaine, 500g of cannabis, 200g of cannabis resin and 1.2kg of opium automatically makes you a drug trafficker and you’re given a death sentence.
Unauthorized drug consumption? Ten years in jail or $20,000 fine, or both (double whammy!).
Smoking is not allowed in public buses, taxis, lifts, lobbies, theatres, cinemas, government offices, multistorey/basement carparks, playgrounds, exercise areas, and in non- or air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centres, as well as anywhere within 5m (or 16.4ft) of an exit. First-time offenders face a maximum fine of S$1,000.
And the list goes on. That earns Singapore the name of a ‘Fine’ City (it’s a pun, heh).
I personally feel that some of the laws are absurd, such as prohibiting the consumption of plain water (and even candies!) in train carriages as well as the penal code 377(a). However, these are the laws that keep Singapore famously (or is it infamously?) clean, orderly, transparent, green and efficient. Singapore is indeed a very nice place to live in - crime is low (but not non-existent). I can walk back home at 1am in the morning without even needing to worry of the prospecting of being mugged. I would have been a dead body if I ever do that in a neighbouring country.
“Live for yourself, not through other people’s eyes and the way you think you should be in their eyes, otherwise you would be a very unhappy old person. Trust me.”—Although most of the time dumb and plastic (with the inability to express emotion through her face due to countless Botox injections), Janice Dickson sometimes say things that are golden. That’s what she said to JP Calderon who decided to come out because he was approached to do an Instinct magazine shoot.
Hi, I'd asked you something previously, and I was just wondering if you got it?
Hmmm, I haven’t got any questions in a long while. Perhaps Tumblr accidentally lost it (I swear I read every single question that comes in my way because I get so little of them *laughs*). So, ask away! Don’t restrain yourself.
When Adobe abandoned their illustrative splash screens, I was initially a little apprehensive about the change but soon embrace the newfound minimalist feel. It is also interesting to note how Adobe products have colours that are scattered around the colour wheel.
The latest evolution of Adobe icons into isometric forms reminds me dearly of pixel art :) I have to admit the colour for the Adobe Bridge font looks a little off.
An Englishman, a Frenchman, and a North Korean are having a chat. The Englishman says: ‘I feel happiest when I’m at home, my wool pants on, sitting in front of the fireplace.’
The Frenchman, a ladies’ man, says: ‘You English people are so conventional. I feel happiest when I go to a Mediterranean beach with a beautiful blonde-haired woman, and we do what we’ve got to do on the way back.’
The North Korean man says: ‘In the middle of the night, the secret police knock on the door, shouting: Kang Sung-Mee, you’re under arrest! And I say, Kang Sung-Mee doesn’t live here, but right next door! That’s when we’re happiest!’
A white woman, about 51 years old, was seated next to a black man on an airplane. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess. “Madam, what is the matter?” the hostess asked. “You obviously do not see it,” she responded. “You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.” “Be calm please,” the hostess replied. “Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available.”
The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. “Mam, I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class.” Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued, “It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sitin the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting.” The hostess turned to the black man and said “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class.” At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.
“Okay, this is the… you didn’t need to know that but this is the third time I’m recording this last slide because there was some problem with my microphone. So I’m a little bit pissed off but anyway, urm [recorded lecture continues]”—Yet another reason why I love my biophysics lecturer, a bald, adorable, humourous and sarcastic (yea, toxic mix you’ve got there) person hailing from either Spain or Portugal (I guessed from his last name Torres).
I am no stranger to weird dreams. Some of them can be unsettling, some of them can be a truthful, accurate reflection of my state of mind in the day, and some of them are just a forceful mix of all the wild ideas and imaginations I have ever had.
I had dreamed of:
Feasting at a royal dinner only to be waken up by nobody but my mom when I was just about to sink my teeth into a big fat drumstick
Being chased after by a red, dusty (yea it shed a lot of red dust along the way) ghost in an endless hallway
Going on a tour with my college class to the Botanical Gardens and discovering buried mummies
A massive prayer event in my college where they lit millions of joss sticks
Going out shopping at a shopping mall and realized that we didn’t need to pay for our goods
And more recently, making out with my *coughs* male tutor Kenny
Today I just had another dream that deals with the prickly topic of homosexuality. Of course as per usual I’d look up the dream dictionary to check. I remembered in the first episode of Ugly Betty’s fourth season, Betty had a teeth dream and her sister Hilda said it was an anxiety dream, lol.
To dream that you are homosexual represents a union with aspects of yourself. It is symbolic of self-love, self-acceptance, and compassion.
It was a wet and cold evening when I accidentally drifted off into dreamland today. I woke up to find myself in a shallow cove / lagoon, with a close friend of mine. We did some scuba diving until we reached a secluded spot away from the beach and near a reef, where an exposed part of it emerges above the water.
Exhausted, I climbed up the rock first. My friend was still standing in the waist-deep, crystal blue tropical sea water. As I lie on the rock his face suddenly loomed above me. Without any prompting I grabbed his hips with both of my hands, nudged myself closer to him and we kind of made out in the sun.
And it was so hot I could remember worrying whether he would get a heat stroke or not.
He cupped my face with one of his hand (I couldn’t remember which) and I asked him what if his girlfriend found out (in real life, he’s attached). I’m not attracted to him in one way or another in reality but in my dream we had this unnervingly good chemistry. He said that he realized he’s gay since he was 14 and he had always wanted to make out with me.
Ohhhh, so I dreamed myself as a little gay homewrecker.
Later in the day when we left the beach, we got pulled over by a patrol car and a police brought us to the station for some questioning. It turned out to be somebody on the beach saw us making out on the rock/exposed reef and decided that seeing two guys kissing in public is totally unbefitting.
We both denied that we did anything on the rock and walked off after that. When we were about to travel in different paths, he turned back and say, “Don’t worry, I’ll handle the breakup with my girlfriend and let’s see how it goes.”
My phone started ringing and I realized that it was my real phone, right beside my bed, crying out for attention.
* * *
When I woke up, it was already 8.30pm and Mingyun was calling me on the phone to ask about Perl programming. I remembered she asked whether “it was okay to ask me a question” and I blurted out a “NO!!!” almost immediately.
I guess I scared her a little! In the end I got to my senses and actually answered all of her Perl programming questions while searching through that pile of notes beside my bed for my lecture notes.
p/s: I suspect some of the scenes in my dreams were actually lifted off things that I have watched/seen recently - the beach looks like the Pensacola beach in the film Contact (watched it on Sunday evening), and the setting of the lagoon was the tropical island where I have spent my 2009 summer break. Hmmm, weird.