Archive for August 2006

Service to the nation

Will be back on friday.

Nasi Lemak

I don’t really fancy Nasi Lemak.

Don’t like the taste of coconut on rice. Don’t really take spicy food well. Will sweat like hell if the food is too spicy.

Went to buy the famous Nasi Lemak at Changi Village today. Not that I wanted to eat it. Was there to da bao. And since everyone is eating Nasi Lemak, might as well just follow lor.

The queue is rather long. Around 11 people. But that is not the problem. The problem is, the service is very slow. I waited 45minutes for my turn. If only I got my headphone with me, then I can listen to MP3.

But it was quite worth the wait. I was rather surprised that it actually taste quite good. The otah was great. The coconut taste on the rice isn’t that strong. The chilli can cover the coconut taste. And the chilli is power. Very spicy. I sweat alot. Very shoik.

Ok, maybe I’ll still give the Changi Village Nasi Lemak another try.

I hate to pack luggage

One of the reason why I don’t like to travel is because I don’t like to pack my luggage. I always end up packing extra things and end up having to make sacrifice by not bringing some items. For example, if you are going for a 5 days trip, you pack 4 set of clothings right? What if the clothles were dirty and you need to change? But there is no room for 5 set of clothings.

But that is not my greatest worry. My greatest worry is forgetting to bring things along. I always have uneasy night before I travel. Scare that I forget to pack this or that. I always try to visualise myself doing thing when outside to try to recall what I forgot to pack.

Wait, I forgot to pack my underwear. Will be back shortly.


As I was saying, I’m always scare that I’ll forgot to bring something along. How do everyone remember what to bring on their trip? Surely they will forget some minor stuff like toothbrush and toothpaste.

Almost forgot the toothpaste


Argh… I hate to travel…. Now…. what else did I forgot?

The lost "Martial Arts"

Got a request sometime early this month. It has been a long time since anyone raise such request. The usual people who did this request has already left the company. So I’m left to handle the request with my sub teamlead.

At first, we thought it is just a normal request with slightly different way of coding. As usual, we emailed the request to another teams in the project to check if this request will have any impact on their items and if they need to take any actions. They said no.

So we thought we just need to do some normal codings on our side.

We thought wrong.

When I submit the documentation to the requester, she told me that we did it differently from the previous guy. I was kinda surprised because I’m sure my way is correct. Unless there is some hidden requirements that I’m unaware of.

Dig thru tons of documentation and managed to find a tester who is involved in the in the previous request. After talking to her, I finally discovered what when wrong. There is another special requirements for such request. Even the requester is unaware of this special requirement.

A few other teams need to do amendments to their codings for this hidden requirements. They didn’t know it in the begining as those people involved in this request has also left. So when the requirements comes in, we all thought it is a normal request. We are all wrong.

So the bunch of us dig thru all the badly done documentations and finally found out exactly what needs to be done.

But we missed the deadline.


It is not that we don’t have a proper handover session when someone is leaving.

But the thing is, when someone leave, they always bring along a part of the knowledge with them. Not that they purposely don’t want to impart the knowledge. But it is impossible for someone to impart his akk his skill and knowledge. There will surely be something that they missed out.

This is what I call the lost “Martial Arts”.

I always "don’t open my mails" one

My dad is always the person who opens the mailbox since he reaches home earliest. He always place it on the side table and we will check if we got new mails once in a while.

I admit, I check my singnet email more frequent than I check the snail mail. But which IT savvy guy 20+ year old male doesn’t? I do check the snail mail maybe once every two or three days. Anyway, my snail mail will usually be bills and junk mails. So why the hurry?

Anway, few days ago, I had a short conversation with my dad when I just reach home from work.

Dad: You got mails. You everytime don’t open your mails one.

*I thought I just checked for new mails yesterday???*

Me: I got mails meh? When come 1?
Dad: Today.
Me: -_-”’

I just reach home and haven’t even finish taking off my shoes yet.