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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How to reduce white hair?

I can't believe it, I'm barely old enough to be married, yet I'm spotting strains of white hair on my head !!!! Is it due to stress ? This happened to my friend after she studied for her MBA. No more exams for the rest of her life, she said.

But what about me? My work I guess, it's pretty stressful! Then another friend recommended I start taking Taiwan Black, brown rice! Yes, & she swear by it. Her aunt took it & it works ....hmmm..... I've ordered a packet from her.  Not sure where she bought it from, I'm sure you can find it in some organic stalls all over town. Here's how it looks.


Looks like this after cooking
Apparently you just add it to your usual white rice & cook it as per normal in your rice cooker. Well I'll be trying it soon. Just thought I share this information. Can you imagine all the money we can save from dying our hair at the salon !

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Please don't ask for help until you've googled it

My new Boss has a soft spot for our new cleaning lady. The new Boss just join us this year & he brought along the 'new cleaning lady' from his last place of employment. I heard, they have been working together for more than 10 years, span across 3 different company, she's like a mother to him! I know it's odd, but stranger things have happened.

New Cleaning lady has a son, Ken, who has just graduated last year, & my New Boss had hired him to join us. Just a week with us & he's driving all of us mad. Mandy the most senior among us is questioning our local teaching standards now ....lol... Why is NUS churning out people like Ken? I don't blame her. There's something not quite right with him. He asked the weirdest questions. E.g.

1. Can we eat sweets at out desk?
2. Does anyone takes off their shoes under the desk?
3. Has any clients physically harm any of us? ....lol....
4. Can employees physically defend himself if a client will to slap him/her for no reason?

Mandy got so mad with the latest question this morning, that she told him " Please don't ask for help until you've googled it !". He said "sorry" & quickly left the room, probably to look for his mother. Well at least he's polite, hope he didn't cry in the toilet!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What's my indulgence?

It's tough when you are always watching your diet. What to do, to remain slim you just have to do that. But sometimes I give myself "cheat days" . What's my indulgence?

Yes it's crabs! All kinds of crabs, Chilli crabs, black pepper crabs, hairy crabs, crabs legs ....I love them all. The only thing I don't like is the latest- salted egg crab. Salted-egg anything is fine but I just don't think salted egg goes with crabs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fire Escape Hood

Just came back from a trip to China. See what I found in one of the hotels!
Yes it's a Fire Escape Hood ..lol.. I know, I've never seen anything like this before, in any hotel ! It's so unusual, many of us actually thought of opening it up & see what's it like. But in the end we decided against that. Anyway, it's really cute :)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Prima taste, Laksa: you need to try it !

Friday night I was very hungry & too lazy to go out for food. Nobody's home, so I thought I'll just cook some instant noodles. Mum always has a few varieties stock up as all of us have our personal favorite. Mine is the mee goreng kind. Open the kitchen cabinet & it's fully stock but only of one kind of noodles!
Where's my mee goreng? I cant believe it, texted mum. She said give this laksa a try. Text my sister to complain & she text back. 'If heaven has a taste, this is it!' Hmmm.... no choice, I try it & like they said , the rest is history. Today I even check if we need to replenish as I've eaten twice already & I saw my sister & dad eating it yesterday! I'm right, I better go down to the stores to get MORE ...lol..

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Older people aren't appreciate enough for their experience & perspective.

Which is the month people generally quit? After bonus that's for sure. Also I guess people do wait till after Feb as that's a short month & major holidays like Chinese New year are usually around that time.

But August ?  this month we suddenly see a bigger than expected exodus of staff. OK I probably shouldn't put it that way as the 3 staff that left are nearing retirement age. One of them actually told me, she was being 'asked nicely' to go!- "out with the old' that's how she puts it.

I often feel that older people aren't appreciate enough for their experience & perspective. There's too much sweeping away of the "OLD" in our culture. And as we get older, many of us experience the feeling of being marginalized or sidelined, simply because of our age. The OLD are always with us, as are those who are no longer alive, whether they are pets or parents or grandparents. We don't stop loving them, nor do we stop remembering them.

Nothing OLD need to be swept aside , to make room for the NEW. There's plenty of room in for all of us. And all of us grow old one day.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Are we becoming heartless, uncaring, unloving people?

Yesterday our usual group plus one new girl went lunch together. On the way to our favorite lunch place, we encounter a group of people asking for donation for a certain cause. These days I noticed we have gotten wary of such activities after the NKF scandal a few years back. We decided to say no, & walk away.

Then during lunch, New Girl 'questioned' our rational for 'not helping'. She spend like 5 solid minutes reducing us to a pile of heartless, uncaring, unloving people. She say we should be compassionate & do things to help others all the time. At this point we kinda looked at "KingKong" , the go-to-guy for such issues ...lol..

Sure enough, he caught the cue & Said:
"It's silly, if all everyone did was to spend time doing things to help other people.
It's a little like everyone doing each other's ironing. I spend my time doing ironing for you. You spend your time doing ironing for her, she spend her time doing ironing for me -"
What I mean is , wouldn't it be much simpler & less messy if we spent at least some of the time doing our own ironings for ourselves, so that other people wouldn't have to do them for us?

New Girl is now pretty pissed off with KingKong ...lol.... Looks like lunching days with us is over for her.