Archive for May 2007

Back to the retirement village

My exams are finally over. *wipe sweat*

I took 7 days leave this time round for the 2 papers I’m taking. That is quite a record. I don’t usually take such a long leave to prepare for my exams. If I add the weekends, it would be 11 days to prepare for 2 papers. But well, I didn’t study for the whole of 11 days. Quite a number of days were spend on those little distractions.

Anyway, I’m glad that the exam is over. The rest of the week is going to be quite busy for me too. But at least they are towards the fun side. So I guess I’m going to enjoy it. But don’t think I’ll be able to update my blog often until the weekend. We’ll see how.

Now that my exams are over, its time for me to go back to work. Back to office. Or a place where I sometimes call retirement village. Not that I’m there to retire, but I feel that a lot of people are there waiting for their retirement. Quite sad. But seriously, if you are old, my company is actually quite a good place to wait for retirement.

And I’m quite sick of those people there waiting for their retirement.

For the past 11 days, I didn’t check my office email. That is quite unlike me. In the past, I would still check my office email when I’m on leave. But nowadays, the heart is no longer with the company anymore. I just want to get away from the company.

I guess I’ll start finding a new job soon. I don’t want to retire there. At least not now.

Busy week ahead

Its going to be a busy week ahead.

Monday – Exam
Tuesday – Exam
Wednesday – anniversary celebration discussion
Thursday – Blogout
Friday – Village Talk

A night of pukes

Not I puke hor.

The guys decide to take our revenge on the sisters for the food they “treated” us in the morning. We brought 3 glasses of red wine, filled to the brim. Mind you, they are not small glasses. 1 bottle of wine can only fill 2 1/2 glasses. And we made the sisters drink it. Of cause, we also drink with them.

One of the sister was drank and went toilet to puke. Luckily for us, the hotel gave T two rooms. One for the couple and one for the “helpers”. So we send her to the room to rest.

Can’t believe they didn’t make T drink much. I said I will not be helping T to block the drinks. The only way I’ll help T that night is not to make him drink. I guess its the best way to help. He was still very sober when the guest were leaving. Very unlike the usual wedding in our company.

So after all the guest left, we decided to continue the drinking session. So we went up the newly wed’s hotel room with 2 bottle of red wine. The hotel also provided a bottle of champagne. And so, we made the couple drink until T puke into the champagne bucket. He wasn’t in time to rush to the restroom, so I grab the nearest container for him to puke. Some of his puke landed on my hand! Wah piang, cannot aim properly one.

Since there were still wine and T has already knock out, I decide to make the other sister drink. She was the most sober one in the room anyway. 15 minutes later, she also knock out. We put her next to the other sister in the helper’s room and started taking photos of their drunk state. Haha. We were evil. Eating out supper while joking with the 2 drunkard. Making them reveal secrets about themselves. The 2 of them keep going to the toilet to puke. We have to go and help support them in case they fall into the toilet bowl. At one point, both of them went to the restroom to puke together, one into the toilet bowl and the other one into the bathtub. We help them back to the bed and wash up the toilet after they puke. Then we continue to eat our supper while waiting for them to sober up. I think we best, after seeing people puke, still can continue to eat.

When they are slight more sober, I send both of them home together with another sister who didn’t drink much. It was like going half way round Singapore on a cab. The Taxi uncle must be very happy that night.

I think I’m going to be blacklisted in the future for all my colleagues’ and friends’ wedding. Oh well… it was fun.

Help friend knock door

It is T’s wedding today. He asked me to help be one of his brother. This is actually my first time helping out in wedding. I woke up extra early to go over to T’s house. The task is quite simple, just go to T’s wife house and try to bargain your way into the house. I call it help people knock door. The gals will try to sabo the guys and stuff.

Actually, the sisters didn’t play much with us. Just some prata with chili inside, which we only ate 3/4 and throw away the rest. Orange juice mixed with some other unknown stuff, which we pour away 1/2. Coffee mixed with coke which one of the brother finished drinking and I think having a slight stomach ache now.

We didn’t do anything funny at the door like dancing or singing. The gals don’t really know how to sabo people. We are lucky. T didn’t save much on the ang pow. He don’t know how to bargain. The sisters asked for $188, he counter offer $168. Alamak. Like that how to go Thailand shopping? Anyway, we managed to get into the house in less than 1/2 hr.

Then we went over to some ulu part of ponggol to take photos.

Actually, is they take photos. The brothers and sisters just stand under the shade and watch.

Then we went back to T’s house for tea ceremony. They ask 2 little kids to jump on the bed. One of the relative told T’s wife to “quick give birth to a 龙凤胎”. Wah, so demanding. Boy not enough, twin also not enough. Must be twin, one guy one gal.

Going to catch a nap. Later tonight got wedding dinner.

I have a blogging reputation to protect

I got an invitation today afternoon to attend some opening party or something by a new local startup. At first I thought it was cool. Its nice to see people embracing the new media. Although I got an appointment that day, I thought maybe I could pop by to check things out first before heading over to my appointment, since its just nearby.

The person in charge was talking to me on MSN. Funny, instead of emailing me, he choose to use MSN. Anyway, I had a short conversation with him. I felt abit uneasy when he ask me to email him once I’ve blogged about their company and he will send me the invite. No blog, no invite.

I turn down the offer politely and explained my reasons for doing so.

It is easy for me to write about a company or service to get a ticket to a free party with food, wine etc etc. I don’t lose any money by writing stuff on my blog. But how would my readers feel if I’m writing something about a company just to get benefits from them? How many readers will still read my reviews after discovering that I’m getting benefits for writing good words?

I want to write about things that I feel is worth mentioning. Things that I feel my readers would be interested in, or at least things that I’m interested in. I’m not saying that company is not good or anything. I mean that I still don’t know that company well enough to judge it. Its too early for me to decide if I want to blog about that company or not. That why I turn down the offer.

Freebies offered to bloggers should not come with any strings attached. As a blogger, I should be allowed to decide if I want to blog about it or not. I’ve a few friends who got some products samples and services from company, yet they didn’t mention a single word about the company in their blog. It is not that they are playing with the company or taking them for a free ride. But they feel that the product or services are not worth mentioning in their blog, thus they choose not to post anything about it. And the company knew about it and respected their decision. I admired these bloggers and those company.

I know there are bloggers out there who just blog about a product or service regardless how good or bad it is. Sure, you can fool your readers once or twice, but you can’t fool them forever. End of the day, they are throwing their reputation away.

I have a reputation to protect in the blogsphere. I want my blog to come with truthful reviews and recommendations. I don’t want readers to get the impression that I’m writing about the product or service just because I’m getting freebies from the company. I want my readers to know that everything I mentioned in my blog are all things that I feel are good and worth recommending. A truthful review that money can’t buy.

End of the day, I have a blogging reputation to protect. A reputation that I took many years to built up.