Monday, April 30, 2007

The Day We Had Our Class Gathering (Sort Of)

Here's Shaun. And he's baaaack! And because of that, he deserves cover treatment in today's post!

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NS hasn't changed him at all, has it?

It was nice going out with some of my ex-classmates on Saturday at VivoCity. Didn't do much, just sat around and chit-chatted. Felt just like old times.

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Esther, Yuxi & Marilyn

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Shaun & Marilyn

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Shaun & Sean

PS: Shaun finally has a Friendster account! Add him here.

Didn't manage to get photos of Mervy, Jianxuan, Kitson and Cassandra. Hmmmm.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Day I Talk About En Bloc's And Collective Sales

My home has been successfully sold as a collective whole. Yes, my family has joined the ranks of so many others who have fallen victim to the "en bloc" fever that has recently swept across the country.

Here's what happened to us: We have been forced to sell our house due to the fact that more than 80% of our neighbours have signed an agreement to developers for the collective sale of our condominium. Even though we're not making a loss financially (they're paying us just the right amount that covers the cost of our house when we bought it), we aren't benefiting either. The only ones who are benefiting are the selfish assholes I have for neighbours who actively sought out developers to sell our place to so as to make fast kaching!

Most of them got their houses at low prices (during the off-peak property prices period), so it's obvious that their happy bout it! As for the rest of us, we have to start looking for houses.

The government seriously needs to amend the en bloc law, cos people are suffering. Urgh...

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Day I Talk About First Times

There are many defining moments, commonly known as "the first time", in our lives. Today, I shall share the several "first times" I've experienced during my Basic Medic Course.

First Time #1: Poking A Needle
I know what you're thinking, you sick freaks. By poking I meant doing the IV infusion pracise. It's really quite an experience, cos for most (or maybe all) of us, it's the first time we actually penetrate somebody else's skin with a needle. I trembled a little when I did it, but whattheheck eh? There's only 1 word to describe the feeling: sibeh-song! *sinister laughter*

First Time #2: Getting Poked By An Unprofessional
The reverse is true when I got poked by my buddy. Twice. It's times like this when you remember the sacred words "do unto others what you want others to do unto you". You lie on the floor grimacing inwardly (cos of the incredibly huge egos that all men possess) and silently regret the hurt you've caused your buddy while you were doing the poking. But it's nonetheless an unforgettable first time.

First Time #3: Making Out With A Dummy
It happened during our CPR lesson-cum-test. We had to learn how to perform proper CPR on manakins (yes it's spelled this way) posing as unconscious casualties and infants. The seductive allure of "making out" with a hot, passed-out stranger by the act of CPR (courtesy of Pam Anderson on one of the ancient Baywatch episodes) is rudely replaced by the knowledge that an unconscious person probably won't taste nice nor be able to french-kiss. Blowing into a rubber face and checking for the rise and fall of a rubber chest completely blew my mind.

I suppose I'd have more first times in time to come, so stay tuned!

Friday, April 06, 2007

The Day We Celebrate Good Friday

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Today, Christians around the world remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for us as we celebrate Good Friday. It is a day that is spent in reflection and prayer. Even though we know that Jesus will "die" today and "come back" on Sunday, we follow these rituals to find relevance of spirituality in our lives. Very often, we are caught up with our responsibilities and are only driven by our materialistic wants, so much so that we forget about God and what he has done for us. So today, we take a break from our normal routine and devote some time to spirituality.

I'm a firm believer of faith because in so many junctures of my life thus far, my belief in God has pulled me through my ups and downs.

So this Sunday (especially for all Christians), remember that Easter is not only about chocolate eggs and bunnies. It's also about Christ and our salvation due to his sacrifice. Don't ever forget that.