‘No’ to Negativity!

Was reading my cousin’s blog today and her latest post really struck me. There are no shortage of such people around, those who constantly gather negative energy around them by whining and griping on everything that happens to them.

A waitress is slow in her service, gripe.

Someone makes them wait a while, gripe.

Somebody sends them on a wild goose chase, gripe.

Someone makes a comment about something, gripe.

The worst thing is not the griping and the whining, it’s really about the repetitiveness of the whole thing. How many times do you need to repeat this whine story to me? I’ve heard it once, offered you my sympathies & empathizes, so please move on already. Aren’t we supposed to be looking to the future, and not stuck in the past? What benefit does it make to your life by complaining & bitching about other people all the time?

I used to be able to listen to them when my other jobs were less stressful. Now that I am a thousand times more busy at work, these whining friends are seriously taking a toll on my energy levels. So much so I’ve started to stay away from them. I need to keep my enthusiasm & energy on the positive side all the time, to be able to go through the day bright and cheery. These negative aura & energy is too much for me, and it’s not something I like to handle anymore. And if I’m meeting up with these friends just to end up shutting my mind from these talk, I don’t see the need to meet up regularly anymore.

After all, we all want to surround ourselves with positive karma, not the opposite, isn’t it?

Around Town Snaps

Raining Cats & Dogs

This rain is madness. I can’t see anything past Marina Mandarin, which can barely be seen anyway…

Interweb Technology Work

No Baidu for you!

Wah.. My office gateway blocks Baidu…



Wisdom teeth extraction

It surprised me when I found out that it was rare, and not recommended, that all four wisdom teeth were taken out at the same time. A colleague of mine had a tooth with a badly cracked enamel extracted last Friday and while we were discussing his ordeal in great detail, I mentioned that the last time I had my teeth extracted was when I was 17, and I took them all out at one instance. Another friend responded to a Facebook question I put out regarding this, and commented that it’s likely because you need 2 weeks of sick leave for one tooth, and taking out 4 would be close to 8 weeks. (btw Gabriel: Sick leave doesn’t work like that.. ) But.. It wasn’t like that for me! I remember I had it extracted during school holidays, probably one of the longer ones, and other than the few dizzy and bleeding hours due to the general anesthesia I was under. Side note though, GA is no fun at all. I couldn’t close my mouth because my mind was awake my body was not, and was also unable to swallow my saliva, so the blood was flowing out mixed with the saliva (okay too much info).

I also remember I was given a hooked syringe for me to clean the 4 gaping holes at the back of my mouth after every meal. It really tested my ability to twist my wrist, especially trying to ensure I clean the top holes well to prevent infection. I also remember the strings used to sew up the holes were so thick and uncomfortable that I kept feeling at it with my tongue. Until one fine day, I felt something stuck in my ‘teeth’ and tried so hard to pull it out. And lo and behold, I had the shock of my life when I pulled out a 3cm thick black string. I had to hurriedly make sure I was not bleeding because I took out the threads.

My threads, if I remember right, took 2 sessions to remove. My gums were too swollen the first time round, and some thread were still stuck. And I remember waiting at National Dental Centre was more torturous than the operation itself. They didn’t have PSP, NDSL, iPhone and the like ten years ago..

This is probably the best remembered incident of my life, since I have such bad memory. Hah.

Travels Work

Waiting for Godot

I have 2 pending travels that hasn’t had any confirmation whatsoever yet. This annoys me to no end. Not that I’m dying to travel, it’s the lack of concrete answer that I’m irritated about. How am I supposed to make any personal plans if I don’t have any confirmation? I had originally wanted to go Malaysia for a short break during the Labour day long weekend, but now it seems like I’ll have to be on the plane travelling to Florida for on-site UAT.

On top of that I’m also worried that my other project team has not confirmed on a travel date for the week-long on-site meetings that are supposed to be in April. My exams are in April. I have another remote site UAT in April. I need to study in April. There are so many things that I have to complete in the next two months and I cannot plan at all because I don’t know what’s going to happen.

I hate having to change my plans over and over again, simply because I cannot get a proper confirmation.

If the project on-site meetings fall on the last week of April, I’m dead screwed. To be honest, even if it’s on the week of the 18th, I’d be pretty screwed too. Because it just takes away 1 week of studying. Either way, I’m pretty screwed.. FML



I have a bad habit. A very bad habit of ignoring the signals my body gives me. I usually recognise them and understand that I have to do something about it. Yet I always downplay the seriousness of the situation..

My stomach’s been acting terribly strange for a few weeks now, and just last week I was still telling my friends that I need to watch my intake of spicy food, for fear of gastric re flux or stomach flu issues.. And I still did not go to the doctor’s. Until today that is. Until I threw up my lunch less than an hour after I had it. That was the last straw that pushed me to finally see a doctor.
Lo and behold, lots of wind in my stomach and bad indigestion, leading to too much acid build up. And before I even told the doctor my symptoms, he was asking me if I had burping issues, regurgitation problems, loss of appetite, nausea, and discomfort in the tummy area… So essentially, all I did during the consultation was go “yes, yes, yes yes yes…”
Though I have to say, when the doctor said “No coffee” & “No spicy food”… I died a little.
Around Town Snaps

I’m armed and dangerous

I’m imagining James Bond’s signature pose, but instead of a gun, he’s holding Cisco Alarm System….Img_0004

Wave of absolute frustration

So my GoToMeeting refused to work today. Even though I am online, surfing, chatting, emailing, sounding the horn on Mousehunt…. GTM insists on telling me that my computer is offline and tells me to check my internet connection.

And now I’m listening in to a meeting that is absolutely confusing, because I have no transactional view to see! Everyone’s talking about tabs, processes, pages and I’ve no idea what the links are!

If the next time someone sees me and I’m missing a few patches of hair? It’d likely be because of technical malfunctions… Much more than the ubiquity of human stupidity.


Pigs are Awesome

This confirms what I’ve already known for ages. That Pigs Are Awesome.

But the best 2 reasons has got to be: