It’s funny how I control my own spending. Putting only a little bit of money in my spending account each month, and try to survive on it. And at the end of the month, I’m more broke than a school student. Sometimes I open my wallet to find less than a dollar in it.

This got to be the best way to save money. Putting a sum of money in 1 ATM for your daily spending so that you won’t overspend. I don’t withdraw money from my savings account unless I die die need some money.

But this is really no good. Having just merely $12 in the ATM account. Imagine going to an ATM machine to withdraw money, only to discover that you got $12 in it. So you take back your card and walk to another bank’s ATM machine. And the person behind you must be wondering what the heck you doing.

Still waiting for my bonus. 166 days to go….. Seems forever….

The following three-word phrases can enrich every relationship. These are just three little BUT VERY POWERFUL words!!!

I’ll be there
If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to
take a sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase “I’ll be there.” Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we’re truly present for other people, important things happen to them & us.
We are renewed in love and friendship.
We are restored emotionally and spiritually.
Being there is at the very core of civility.

I miss you
Perhaps more marriages could be saved & strengthened
if couples simply & sincerely say to each other “I miss you.” This
powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted, needed, desired & loved. Consider how ecstatic you would feel, if you received an
unexpected phone call from your spouse in the middle of your work day,
just to say, “I miss you.”

I respect you
Respect is another way of showing love.
Respect conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. If
you talk to your children as if they were adults you will strengthen
the bonds & become close friends. This applies to all interpersonal

Maybe you’re right
This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument
and restoring frayed emotions.
The flip side to “maybe you’re right” is the humility of admitting
maybe “I’m wrong”. Let’s face it.
When you have a heated argument with someone,
all you do is cement the other person’s point of view.
They, or you, will not change their stance and
you run the risk of seriously damaging the relationship between you.
Saying “maybe you’re right” can open the door to further explore the
subject, in which you may then have the opportunity to get your view across in a more rational manner.

Please forgive me
Many broken relationships could be restored and healed
if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of
us are vulnerable to faults and failures. A man should never be
ashamed to own up that he has been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

I thank you
Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy.
People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness.
On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

Count on me
A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.
Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship;
it is the emotional glue that bonds people.
Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true
friends. When troubles come, a good friend is they’re indicating, “You can count on me.”

Let me help
The best of friends see a need and try to fill it.
When they spot a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they pitch in and help.

I understand you
People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel the other person accepts and understands them. Letting your spouse know in so many little ways that you understand them, is one of the most powerful tools for healing relationship. This applies to any relationship.

Go for it
We are all unique individuals. Don’t try to get your friends to
conform to your ideals.
Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how weird they
seem to you.
Everyone has dreams, dreams that are unique to that person only.
Support and encourage your friends to follow their dreams. Tell them
to “go for it.”

I love you
Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling
someone that you truly love them satisfies a person’s deepest
emotional needs. The need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be
wanted. Your spouse, your children, your friends and you, all need
to hear those three little words “I love you.”

Saw this CD while shopping yesterday. No need to listen to the sample or ask any questions. Just take the CD, go to the cashier and pay for it. It’s Paul Van Dyk. You can’t go wrong with Paul Van Dyk’s CD. Trust the DJ, trust Paul Van Dyk.

But funny thing is, why am I buying a CD? I no longer put a CD into the CD player and play it. The moment I reach Coffee Bean, I took out my laptop and rip the CD into MP3, then transfer the songs into my 1gb Memory Stick Duo using my card reader. I don’t have a discman, but I do have a K750i that can play MP3. And MP3 player my new way of listening to CD.

It is sometimes amazing how a small little card can hold all the songs in the 2 CD, and have space for many more. I purposely put the memory card on the CD so that we can see the differences. Who still bring a discman and CD when going out nowadays? MP3 player changed the way we listen to music the same way walkman did some 20 years ago.

Maybe they should do away with CD and offer music in memory card format 1 day. But we need to wait to the day when memory card are dirt cheap. And another problem is, which type of memory card? We have SD, Smart Media, Memory Stick and Compact Flash. (and many reduce sized format). Which format to choose? SONY music will no doubt be using Memory Stick. Other companies will have to choose a format they prefer. But iPod and Zen users will lose out because their MP3 player doesn’t have a slot for memory card. Maybe someone can make card reader for iPod and Zen.

And talking about ripping CD into MP3, you might be interested to know that it is actually illegal in Singapore. Yeap, same as oral sex.

Q. How do I know whether the songs in my computer or MP3 player are legal?
A. If you didn’t buy it from a legal site like Soundbuzz, it is probably illegal. Plus, when you buy a CD, the rights only apply to the CD; this means you cannot rip songs out and make them into MP3s for your player.

Generally, it’s advisable to check the terms and conditions of use before you make a copy of the songs. — SOURCE: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF SINGAPORE”

So, does that make all iPod and Zen owners criminals? I wonder.

What if 1 fine day, some big shot in the SPF decide to enforce this law? You will see policeman along orchard road, searching everybody’s bag for MP3 players. Don’t think Changi Chalet have enough space for everyone. They might need HDB’s help to sell them some unsold flats in ulu new towns.

Maybe that is the reason why nobody is enforcing this law. You can’t arrest everyone on the street. There is no place to put them after you convict them of the crime. Thus my conclusion is:- If everyone is breaking that crime, it is pretty safe to join in. 😀

You see, sometimes, the law really need to be amended. Oral Sex is so common nowadays, same as ripping CD into MP3. Are you going to arrest everyone who does that? Until the day someone amend this stupid outdated law, I’m still going to contiune having oral sex ripping CD.

(No, I don’t really like oral sex, I prefer the real deal. And the good thing about it is, it’s not against the law. In fact, the govt even supports Singaporeans to do it often. Stand Up for Singapore has another meaning if you get what I mean)

It is not difficult to spot a SPUGGER. Most Singapore palm user are registered member in SPUG. SPUG also attracts many PPC users and non-PDA users. (I’m always ready to lend someone my stylus for her Nokia 6230)

And if you see someone sitting at a cafe, with a Zire and a portable keyboard, you can be quite sure he is a SPUGGER.

It turn out to be Jeffyen. I met him twice before, once during the Kallang Mac gathering and another time during the Treo650 launch. He is a pleasant looking guy. A polite and soft spoken gentleman who never fails to smile. He was in his own Oasis, typing on his PDA and listening to iPod Shuffle, while slipping coffee at the coffee bean outside borders.

Wanted to go over and say hi to him. But I’m afraid I might disturb him in his world. Anyway, I’m also looking for my own oasis. So instead of going forward to greet him, I decide to sit 1 corner at the sofa seat, enjoy my Mocha Ice Blended and Mudpie while trying to leech WIFI network from the nearby NYDC.

Each in our own oasis.