ROME – ITALIAN opera star Luciano Pavarotti, hailed by many as the greatest tenor of his generation, died in the early morning of 6 September, 2007. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment last month.

Farewell Pavarotti. RIP.

Pavarotti – Nessun Dorma

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma! Tu pure, o Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza
guardi le stelle
che tremano d’amore e di speranza…
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò,
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia.

Il nome suo nessun saprà…
E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir, morir!

Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle! All’alba vincerò!
Vincerò! Vincerò!


Nobody shall sleep!… Nobody shall sleep! Even you, o Princess,
in your cold room, watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know…
No!…No!… On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!…

No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.

Vanish, o night! Set, stars! Set, stars! At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!

My sql script encountered some error last night. Once again, my question was, why didn’t the testing team encounter this error during testing phrase? Oh well, have to except the fact that testing cannot cover all the scenarios in the system. Can’t really blame them.

Another colleague from another team who was working on the same issue came to me first thing I reach office today and told me that my script hit error. For those who know SQL, I was doing some update statement and it hit trigger. That why it hit error.

Then this guy asked me “So did the changes go thru?”

I paused for a few seconds and looked at him, wondering how to answer that question. Finally, my answer to him was “No lah, hit error how to go thru?”

But deep down inside, I wanted to ask “Which University did you graduate from?”

On second thoughts, maybe I should say “Of cos went thru. Hit trigger only what. Hit trigger the update statement still go thru one. No worries.”

PS: Sorry for being rude. But sometimes I just get pissed off when people asked me questions that are damn obvious. If the SQL update statement hit error (trigger), how could the changes have gone thru? I guess even non-IT trained people would have guess that too.

Who needs Dibert when I have colleagues like this?

The other project team has been hiring quite a number of new staff lately. And notice that most of them are not local. And mainly from certain regions. Not that I have anything against them or am I racist. But I wonder why so many foreigners? The locals not good enough?

Anyway, some of the new hires are weird. Take for example today, I was waiting for the lift at the lift lobby. There are several people at the lift lobby waiting for the lift too. Then this new hire just stand next to me, smile and say hi. I was pretty shocked. Firstly, I don’t know who is he. Secondly, I’m not the only person at the lift lobby, why you say hi to me? Thirdly, I wish it would be a chio bu instead of a guy.

OK, just kidding about number 3.

Then there is another new hire which I find him abit strange. He sits at the other end of the office. There are 2 toilets around his seat. But he always choose to walk a longer distance to the toilet near my seat. I don’t know why. And when he walk, he will look at everyone’s desk. He got those strange look in his face which makes you wonder if he is planning to do something.

Don’t ask me how I notice this person. My another colleague told me that she keep seeing this guy walking to our area first. Then I begin to notice him.

Seriously…… I hope the teamlead from the other project will check properly before hiring people. They seems……. weird?

What the heck is he thinking?

1 more month to ORD leh. Why so 想不开? If he miss army too much, go sign on lah. Why go run away with SAR21 and bullets? Now don’t know need to DB how many years.

A full-time national serviceman CPL Dave Teo Ming, 20, who was found to be missing from Mandai Hill Camp on 2 Sep 07 at 11.59pm has been apprehended by the Police. A weapon and some ammunition assigned to him for guard duty were also recovered. The SAF had worked with the Police in the search for the serviceman, weapon and ammunition.

CPL Teo, an Infantry rifleman from 1st Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1 SIR) was enlisted in Sep 2005 and is due for his Operationally Ready Date (ORD) next month.

MINDEF and the SAF will be assisting the Police in the investigation.

So what does he want to do with that SAR21? Why bring to Orchard road?
Rob bank? Kill people? Sell to terrorist?

Hello, this is SAR21 leh. Not M16 or AK47. Who the heck want that useless SAR21? You try to sell to terrorist, they will roll on the floor laughing. They rather use back rock to throw at enemy than use that useless, good for nothing, for show only rifle. Give me I also don’t want.

Seriously…. Steal SAR21 for what? Crazy…..

Updates: Understand that some people found that guy’s ex gf blog. Come on lah. Leave the gal alone. Its her ex bf. Not current one. History liao. Even current one also none of her business.

Saw IV is coming in late Oct 07. Cool. Can’t wait.

Warning: Some gross scene in the video.

The thing is, Jigsaw and Amanda both died in Saw III. So who is the one setting the traps? Interesting.

Sometimes I wonder why these letters get published on Straits Times forum.

30 Aug 2007

Don’t burn so much hell money – how about fund transfers from the living to the dead?

I AM concerned over the poor air quality during the Chinese seventh month.
I understand and respect the fact that a huge proportion of our citizens place importance in the burning of hell money as a form of respect to their ancestors and deities.

However, with the current global emphasis on saving the environment, I see a pressing need to make some suggestions.

In our mortal world, we now have credit cards, cheques and several forms of remittances (SWIFT and telegraphic transfers). I appeal to religious leaders, whose followers practise the burning of hell money, to study the implications of alternative hell fund transfers.

I see these alternatives as a win-win situation for the living and the deceased. The latter stand to receive an infinite amount of hell funds with the mere burning of say, one hell cheque or one hell credit card, thus saving a whole stack of paper from the bonfire, or the religious leaders could run a form of remittance facility. With the technological advances that we now have, I am confident that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

It is timely to set a good example to our younger generation to practise what we have been preaching to other nations struggling to curb the slash-and-burn method to clear jungles and forests and that is, to reduce, to reuse and to recycle.

Lai Ee Sa (Mdm)

But we have some technical issue here. We know we can do internet banking in our world. But how do we know downstair allow internet transfer? Do they have internet to begin with? Is the network stable? Do they have wireless@hell?

Interesting plan. But got some minor issue that needs to be sorted out. Will the writer volunteer to go down to check if all the infrastructure is in place?


31 Aug 2007

Why create stress for crabs and frogs sold at eating places?

MY FAMILY and I often frequent the new coffeeshop near our place in Canberra Road.
Last week, we went there as usual to have our dinner. A woman took our orders and promptly went back to the stall.

Then, I caught a glimpse of frogs moving about in a plastic tank. There were also the commonly seen crabs, immobilised by raffia strings.

Knowing that the animals were stressed killed all the appetite I had for my dinner.

I have become a vegetarian for animal welfare reasons and so it was very upsetting to see the frogs and crabs on display as food at a heartland coffeeshop where families, both young and old, gather for a good meal.

My animal-loving parents felt disturbed too.

The frogs may or may not be kept in an unclean or cramped condition, but this does not dispel the fact that they live and breathe like us and deserve to be treated with respect – as an animal and not just a source of food.

If the people who order the dish could see how their dinner is being prepared, would they still be able to stomach what is on the plate?

It does not take rocket science to know that animals can feel stress and pain too.

So why can’t we just spare these crabs and frogs the stress?

If other types of meat are subjected to regulated slaughter and sold chilled in supermarkets, I am sure frog legs and crab meat can be done likewise.

I ask that we be compassionate to these animals before they die for our eating pleasure by not putting them in eating places for an unknown period of time and subjecting them to unsupervised killing practices.

Lee Poh Ling (Ms)

Then how? Ban meat and force everyone to turn vegetarian? But recent research shows that plants do have stress too. So how? Eat air? Hmmm….


Seriously don’t know what to make out of all these letters to Straits Times Forum. Every week we see funny emails which makes you wonder why people write such email to begin with. And why the editors actually publish these letters. You mean there isn’t any better letters?

OK, don’t get me started on Stomp. It’s even worst there.