Archive for March 2006

Keeping things this way

When your paltoon mate call you on a Saturday afternoon when you are having alert manning, only one thing could happen. So before he could said anything, I just told him “See you later”.

I could had taken Taxi to the mobilisation centre. But I decided to save money and take the MRT. Wearing my Number 4 uniform with my full battle order, I had the chance to look around me and see what am I defending.

As I stood in the train, I saw children playing.
Couples holding hands and sitting side by side.
A young mother carrying her baby with the father beside her..

As I look out the window, I see HDB flats, houses, roads and parks.
I see cars traveling on the expressway.
Teenagers cycling in the park.

And its nice to know that I’m doing my part to keep things this way…..


This is a Mobilisation Exercise. Service personnel assigned with the following codeword: “Lim Peh”, “Saturday Afternoon”, “Ganna Burned”, “Wah Ciao” are to report to their respective mobilisation centre immediately.


Was chatting with zhenzhen few days ago while having dinner/supper. We haven’t met for few weeks already. So we just briefly update each other of whats happening.

As usual, the topic will move to H somehow….

Oh well, after hearing my story, she conclude that it is better to be a woman. In fact, if given a choice, she would still want to be a woman next life. The problem with being a man is that you need to find the right time to propose to the gal and ask her to be your gf. And the timing is very important. The timing can sometimes determine your success or failure.

You see, if I were to ask H now, the answer will 100% be a no. In fact, I don’t even know if it would be a yes if I ask her few mth later. Everything is uncertain for now. It all depends on what lies ahead of us.

什么时候说 is very important. Everything has its time. And spotting the right moment is the guy’s job even though it is already 2006. Equality just doesn’t count when it comes to being 主动. And its never easy. Perhaps that is why ZhenZhen choose to be a gal. So that she can just sit there to wait for the guy to do the work.

Come to think of it, actually its not bad being a gal too. If I can choose, I would like to be a gal in my next life too. But I want to be a chio bu with good figure. And I don’t want menstruation and pregnancy. I also don’t want to be worried of zao geng. I don’t wanna be afraid when walking alone at night. I don’t wanna be touched by those old uncle on crowded MRT and bus. I also don’t want to waste time putting on make up every morning. I don’t want the risk of having breast cancer. I don’t want bad hair day. I don’t want to wear bra everyday.

Damn….. Come to think of it, I’ll stick to being a guy…….

Walking in a minefield

I’m amazed that the internal auditor didn’t find any errors during the 4 hours meeting. There are so many errors, yet he sees none. It is quite amazing. Its like walking in a minefield. One wrong step and you’ll die of horrible death.

But he did bring up something that both me and my teamlead find it a non-issue. You see, we have a document during the initial product study. The document will contain the scope that we are covering in the request, expected schedule and estimated man days. Man days are number of days required for us to complete the request.

The keyword is, estimate.

You see, when we finish the developement of the program, we will generate a form and the form will have the actual man days we took to develope it. And obviously, the man days in the form will defer from the estimated man days in the document. Here is the problem. The auditor say the difference cannot be more than 20%. If the document say 10 man days, the actual man days can only be plus or minus 2 days. Anything more, to him, is considered failed.

Of cos it look ok on paper. But it is not practical at all. Scope and design changes during developement phrase. How can the estimated man day be accurate up to 20%? And lets take for example a program that is estimated to be 2 man days, but turn out only need 1 man day to complete. That is 50% different!

So, we tried to explain to him the meaning of estimate.

es·ti·mate: to judge tentatively or approximately the value, worth, or significance of

He tried coming out with many “preventive measures” that we can take to keep in this 20% range. But all of them have weakness and were quickly thrown out by my teamlead and me. It is just not possible to keep within that 20% range. We are on the ground level doing the work, we know it is impossible to keep that stupid 20%. You audit stuff, what do you know about sudden changes of requirements? The idiot who come out with that 20% never done developement before.

And most importantly, it is just an estimate!

Anyway, we finally come to a conclusion that if the mandays is more than 20% different, we will have to note down the reason somewhere in the final form. Argh, more thinks to document = more place to make errors. Whatever. I just hate auditor.

Anyway, this is just the internal auditor. External auditor will be coming soon. Another torture……

Well, at least I’ve settled the internal audit and survived. Guess I should reward myself with something sinful.

How about Fried Mars Bar from chippy.

Utterly sinful. It melted quickly in my mouth. But taste shoik. One is not enough. Serious!!!

Follow by a nice cup cafe mocha from starbucks. I guess that is the only drink I like in starbucks. All the other drink are too sweet for my liking. Oh ya, I’m on Singnet wireless hotspot now. Given to me FREE for 2 months because I was being forced to sign that stupid contract.

Oh well… since I’m already on it, why not just make full use out of it?

Breaking down…..

One more push and I think I’ll break down.

Auditors are coming. I’m the ISO coordinator. The documents are in a mess. Big mess. Not a single document pass the standard. And I have to clean up the whole mess.

I was being transfered to another sub-team due to some stupid management re-org. The things that I’m doing now are totally different from what I was doing. Everything seem so unfamilar.

School workload is very packed. Need to hand in 1 assignment every 2 week. Just submitted one. Another one coming. I’m going crazy.

Dad has been paranoid lately with the corridor lights. He keep complaining that the lights outside our house is dimmer than other and want me to call the town council. The lights are very fine. I even stood at the ground floor and look up, every light seem the same brightness. When I explain to him that the lights are alright, he face turn black and say if I don’t want to call, he will call. He just refuse to listen to me explaining that the light are perfectly fine. If it is not fine, how come nobody else complaint about it? Why is it my 2 sis, my bro-in-law and me didn’t find anything wrong with it? Will call town council tomorrow to try to explain to them a problem that does not exist.

T been pissing me off lately. He said I did something that make him angry. When I ask him what did I do wrong, he just don’t say a thing. Come on, if you don’t tell me what did I do wrong, how am I suppose to fix it? Take yesterday for example. He ask me a question. As I was busy with some stuff, I gave him a quick reply with checking. The answer was wrong. He didn’t tell me. All he did was to piss me off. Until few hours later then he finally told me that the answer I gave him was wrong. I don’t mind read. How would I know I did something wrong until you tell me what is wrong?

Grrrr……. One more push and I’ll break down……