Archive for February 2008

Pump price easy to go up, hard to come down

I read the recent Straits Times article about the pump prices with great amusement. Basically, the crude oil prices have gone down but the price of petrol still remains high. Furthermore, the US dollar has weaken against the Singapore dollar. So basically, the petrol prices should go down. But it didn’t.

Here are some of the interesting responses.

Shell, which made US$31 billion (S$44 billion) last year, said contributing factors include ‘international political volatility’, and duties and taxes.

Right, tell me that when you increase the petrol prices due to higher crude oil prices.

SPC, which made $508 million last year, said: ‘There is usually a lag between oil price movement and pump price adjustment.’

It seems to me that the lag only applies when the price needs to be adjusted downwards. I don’t remember much lag when they are adjusting upwards.

Chevron, which made US$18.7 billion last year and which markets the Caltex brand of fuels here, said it also monitors competitors’ reactions to market forces before deciding to move prices.

Good move. So where is the competition? It’s like a monopoly now.

ExxonMobil, which made US$40.6 billion last year – the highest profit for any firm in history – echoed some of the reasons cited by its rivals.

Wow… US$40.6 billion profits?

Case’s Mr Seah said the association wrote to oil firms last month raising the issue of unyielding pump prices, but it has yet to receive a response.

Good move by the oil firms. Next time, if any company got letters from CASE, just ignore those useless fellow. They can’t do anything if you don’t reply them.

Mr Ong, the oil consultant, said the industry might soon have another excuse to raise crude prices. Venezuela has stopped selling oil to ExxonMobil in response to the US company’s move to use the courts to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets.

Oh great…. We are going to be screwed again.

How I spend my Valentine’s Day

Surprisingly, I managed to have a good time on Valentine’s Day despite my single status. At first I thought it was going to be a ruined day because of some last minutes changes here and there which causes lots of unnecessary confusion. In the end, we stick back to the old plan.

Went halfway round Singapore to fetch 2 ladies. End up reaching Raffles City pretty late. The rest of the “Single Support Group Members” were there already. Since the guys already had their dinner, I went dinner with 3 very beautiful ladies.

And the thing is, all 3 of them are single. I wonder what good deeds have I done for the past one year to deserve such good rewards. Thank you to the guy upstair.

Dinner was great. We were cracking jokes while having our late dinner. One of the funniest joke is about the meaning behind the number of roses.

She: What does 3 roses stands for?
Me: I love you.
She: What does 12 roses stands for?
Me: I’m richer than the guy who send 3 roses.
She: Then what does 99 roses stands for?
Me: I’m the richest of them all.
She What about 999 roses?
Me: I’m just trying to sabo you, see how you going to carry them home.

Hahaha…. OK, kinda crappy. In case you are interested, here is the REAL meaning behind the number of roses.

Didn’t expect my Valentine’s Day to turn out so well. This is the first time that I actually enjoyed Valentine’s Day when I’m single.

About giving flowers on Valentine’s Day

Flowers are damn expensive on Valentine’s Day. Well, this is the time when florists collect their bonus. For me, I never bothered the price of the flowers. It’s the quality of the flowers that bothers me more. If you notice, most flowers that you buy on Valentine’s Day aren’t as pretty as normal days. They are either dying or not yet blossom. That is because there is an over demand for flowers. If you really have to buy flowers on Valentine’s Day, try buying from someone you know. Most likely they would reserve the better ones for you.

It is best to send the flower to the gal’s office. As the article suggested, gals like to receive the flowers in their office. The feeling is totally different from you giving it to her at night when you meet her for dinner. (Unless she is the very shy/private tyoe) And the best timing to send the flowers is before lunchtime. So that the flowers can be the talking point among her colleagues during lunch.

This year nobody to send flower to. Just keep this article here for future reference.

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Tstar posted a beautiful song on her blog. And now I’m hooked to it. Aaaahhh!!! Keep listening to this song on repeat mode.
But I prefer Micheal Buble’s version. Can’t find the MTV or live concert version. Will have to make do with this video with the SIMs.

Hope that next year I’ll be able to sing this song to the gal I love. I’ve no idea who you are. Where you are? I don’t even know if I know you already. I just wish you will come soon. So that you can put your head on my shoulder and hold me in your arms.

Micheal Buble – Put Your Head On My Shoulder

Put your head on my shoulder
Hold me in your arms, baby
Squeeze me oh so tight
Show me that you love me too

Put your lips next to mine, dear
Won’t you kiss me once, baby
Just a kiss goodnight, maybe
You and I will fall in love

Some people say that love’s a game
A game you just can’t win
If there’s a way
I’ll find it someday
And then this fool will rush in

Put your head on my shoulder
Whisper in my ear, baby
Words I want to hear, tell me
Tell me that you love me too

Some people say that love’s a game
A game you just can’t win
If there’s a way
I’ll find it someday
And then this fool will rush in

Put your head on my shoulder
Whisper in my ear, baby
Words I want to hear, tell me
Put your head on….my…shoulder

Warning to all flower delivery guys

Today is Valentine’s day. As usual, lots of guys will send flowers to the gal’s office. I posted an article about how gals prefer to receive flowers in the office. Look, if you going to send flowers to her, why not send to office where her colleagues will be envy of her and potential admirers would know that she is happily attached. Do read that article, I find it very interesting. :)

Anyway, just a warning to all flower delivery guys who are delivering flowers to my office. Try not to piss off the admin.

One flower delivery guy came over today morning and almost didn’t make it out of my office alive.

I open the door for the flower delivery guy since I was closer to the door and the admin was busy. He asked if I know where is AAA sitting. Problem is, I don’t know who is AAA. Before you start blaming me for not knowing all my colleagues, let me say that my office is huge. VERY HUGE. Check out the photos of my office if you don’t believe. I never really count, but I guess there are enough tables for 300 people. On top of that, some of the people here are our vendors. It is impossible for anyone here to know everybody.

So I told the flower delivery guy that I don know the person and ask if he has that person’s telephone number. I told him that this is a very big office and impossible for us to know everybody her. Instead of checking his delivery order to find the gal’s telephone number, he points his finger at the admin and said “Can ask that gal if she know?” Good luck to you man. You are brave to try to piss off the admin.

“How I know who is AAA? You think I staff directory huh? This office so big where to find her? You think I so free go and help you find people ah? Somemore this delivery is not for work purpose. You don’t have the telephone number huh? Cannot call her is it?” Blah blah blah blah. And the scolding goes on and on and on.

I siam back to my seat while the poor delivery guy continues to be blasted by the admin. No, the admin isn’t in a bad mood because today is Valentine’s day and she didn’t get any flowers. She is always like that.

So, just a warning to all delivery guys coming to my office. Don’t piss off the admin. When someone tells you to phone the person, you better phone that person. Asking the admin will only give you a horrible death.

You have been warned.

The Writers Strike is Officially Over

Save the Script Writers, Save the world.

The writers strike is officially over! The world has been saved. The strike which started on 5th November 2007 is officially over on 13 February 2008. Screenwriters can go back to work on their project from now.

Heroes will return for the 3rd season to save the world this coming fall. It’s a long wait, but worth the wait. Season 2 was badly done because of the strike. I sure hope they can take their time to give us a better season 3 to make up for the poor done season 2.

Now that the Script Writers has been saved, it’s time to save the cheer leader again. (OK, maybe they don’t need to save the cheer leader in Season 3)