Living on a Plantation

Our vacation took a long time to plan. It had to take that long – four families with 10 kids and a pair of grandparents. We were running away from Chinese New Year and taking advantage of 2013’s longest weekend. We eliminated all the countries that celebrated Chinese New Year and checked the cruises (double…

When we had to “Shoot-to-Kill” in Cebu

When I asked the hotel staff at Plantation Bay, where is a good place to eat, I was told “Shoot-to-Kill” at the Mactan Shrine. At first, I thought it was a restaurant name. Later I found out that in that area, it is a common cuisine as there are many “Shoot-to-Kill” restaurants in the area….

2012 Blog in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get…

Adventures with Apple iMap – Lost & Found

Now a lot has been said about iOS 6 and its now famous iMap. Not quite the perfect product. Actually, it had been quite the adventure. In September before iPhone 5 was available, iOS 6 was ready for all to download and I downloaded it on my iPhone 4 on the same day. I remember not much has…

Learning to Live With Just One

The problem with switching over to the iPhone 5 is the Lightning cable. There is only one and for over a month, I was not able to buy another cable – an Apple origin or otherwise. I did not realise it, but I had been so dependant on having a minimum of 3 cables. Well…

Ferraris, Supercars and COEs

One of the most ridiculous scenes I ever came across involves a Ferrari, a slow road and many high humps! This happened about 10 years back, when I had to return to the military camp as a result of an open mobilisation. Well, someone thought it was a good idea to drive his Ferrari for the…

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hoon Now Richer Than Ever

I remember years ago visiting the famous Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hoon with a group of friends. Conclusion? We liked the food but absolutely did not like the attitude of the owner. He was rude and arrogant. If you want to eat there, these are the standard items you MUST order. Well, as…

Plastic Bags Discussion – What a Load of Rubbish!

There has been a very active dialogue about supermarkets considering charging for plastic bags. Well, everyone cites the example of Ikea and how they now charge for plastic bags and how that is benefiting the environment. Well, Ikea is different from a supermarket and in a way it does not really have competition. One thing I am…

Shared Values of Singapore – A Disconnect Somewhere? (Part 2)

When I look at the list, it felt strange. While it is certainly an aspiraional list, it did not feel sincere. For one, Honesty brings back memories of my National Service days. Now, it was during NS that we were introduced to the Code of Conduct (COC) – a list of 10 rules to follow. I…

Shared Values of Singapore – A Disconnect Somewhere? (Part 1)

Well, The Straits Times dedicated their entire Saturday section on the “Values we Value”. In the article it shared a top 20 lists of values we are Singaporeans value. I like the list, but I cannot help that there is  major disconnect somewhere. Have a look at the list below as listed by the Straits Times with their definitions. Over…

Worries, Fears, Dreams and Aspirations

This week in cell group, we talked about “worry” or rather “do not worry” and we read Matt 6: 25-34. We sit here in Singapore and discuss about worries – worries about family, worry about work, worry about school, worry about money. But when you think about it, most of our worries and concerns are about “me”. These…

Steamed Bread: Comfort Food of the Past, Refreshed

I remember growing up order steamed bread from the coffee shop below my block at Holland Close. It was the alternative to having toasted bread. You can find it in almost any coffee shop. Through the years, it slowly disappeared. Blame it on Ya Kun or Killiney for successfully franchising their brand of toasted bread. Blame it…