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Sunday, June 27 | 7:22 AMThis was only supposed to happen next week.
I've decided to retire Saint 3.0 earlier. Yes, like previously, the new blog runs in tandem with the new course I'm embarking on in my life.
NOW GET YOUR ASS OVER TO http://waybeyond-theblue.blogspot.com/ OR
Saturday, June 26 | 9:23 AMSprite's purple-orange royal throne - courtesy of her godparents.
Her sleepy HUH? - priceless.
Friday, June 25 | 10:58 PM
That Eye, The Sky
| 9:06 AMThe eye in the sun casts long shadows which we sometimes try to hide.
Some dusty town in S USA.
3 Dec 2009
Thursday, June 24 | 11:06 AMIf you keep looking in the rear-view mirror while moving forward, you are bound to get into an accident.
~ Suze Orman
| 7:15 AM
What a great name for a mall!
Wednesday, June 23 | 7:31 PMFailure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
-- Henry Ford
| 7:37 AMI heard some noises while I was near a road junction some time back.
It turned out to be a mynah fussing over another of its kind.
My heart went out to the fallen mate when I saw the other pecking at it.
I tried to shoo off the attacker a couple of times. Then a realisation hit me - that is just the way in the animal kingdom - survival of the fittest! Sadly, it is sometimes that way too in our human world.
So I walked away with a heavy heart and let nature take its course.
Tuesday, June 22 | 12:16 AMCome rain or shine, PLAY ON!
Monday, June 21 | 12:20 PMOne of those tees that mock big brands I got from Bangkok years ago - now recycled as a floor mat. :)
Sunday, June 20 | 12:55 PMThere is nothing more deceptive than a smile and no one knows this better than the people who hide behind them. Some flash their teeth as a polite warning to their enemies. Some put on beaming faces to keep their tears from falling. Others wear silly grins to mask their fears. But then there is that rare smile that is actually genuine. It's the smile of a person who knows that his troubles will soon be over.
Smiles Of A Summer Night
Desperate Housewives, Season 4 Episode 3
| 3:40 AM
Spiraling admist shades of grey...
perhaps there's no forever everafter?
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Saturday, June 19 | 7:47 AMSprite's very first doggy tee!
I know I'm cheating for the Photohunt theme here, but a 9 can be a 6 viewed upside down right?
Friday, June 18 | 11:01 PMJust when you think that a person is just a backdrop
for the rest of the universe, watch them and see that
they laugh, they cry, they tell jokes... they're just
friends waiting to be made.
-- Dr. Jeffret Borenstein
| 1:43 PMClick on the advertisement to enlarge it.
| 6:52 AMReach for the sky - yes, but stay grounded too.
| 6:40 AMKnow yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as
conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-- Ann Landers
Thursday, June 17 | 7:23 PMStadium MRT Station
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Wednesday, June 16 | 7:34 PMDear friends and SASS boys
Hi. Thanks for dropping in to read this.
I won't be with the school from Term 3 anymore. I'm writing this in case some of you (the younger ones) really believe my joke about working for the IR to clean toilets from Term 3 onwards. Sorry. If you took offense, I would have to take responsibility for my very bad joke.
Earlier in Term 1, I had indicated to the school my desire to return to full time teaching since my return from S USA in mid February. Nonetheless, I was informed in late Term 2 that there is no vacancy for an English teacher.
After the Meet-the-Parents Session in May, I was informed that a current MOE ruling states that even part time teachers (of which I am one) cannot tutor students from the same school. I had thought this only applies to full time teachers. Despite being a former English teacher, since my return to SASS as a partimer, I have steered clear of English Department matters because I am tutoring some SASS boys after I had quit as a full time teacher. All along, I have been helping out in the Pupil Welfare department.
So the current situation is this : if I choose to stay on in SASS, I have to stop tutoring existing SASS students. Unfortunately, I have already committed myself some time back to some loans which the renumeration from my part-time job with the school and my existing tuition kids (minus the SASS boys) together cannot pay for. Thus I am really left with one choice. Given that I am unable to go back full time teaching this year and unable to continue part time with the school as mentioned earlier, I have to discontinue with SASS for the time being.
I choose to write this to all of you to address theories which may arise as to why I suddenly disappear from the school from Term 3 onwards. :) Please keep in mind that I am very saddened by this decision which I have shared with only some of you prior to this note.
So while the nation is taken aback by the flash floods that hit us today, this is my heartfelt thanks to the wonderful school management, colleagues and boys who have made my stay as a part timer truly a fulfilling one. I miss full time teaching a lot but I do need to do what every practical Singaporean does - bring home the bacon.
Monday, June 14 | 11:44 PMA potential sibling for Sprite?
Sunday, June 13 | 1:57 PMThe difference between try and triumph is just a
-- Marvin Phillips
Wednesday, June 9 | 11:07 PM
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Tuesday, June 8 | 6:57 PMIf only dogs could speak and explain themselves...vice versa.
Monday, June 7 | 4:08 PMWhat happens to repeat offenders. The humour in the punishment proved very effective. :)
Sunday, June 6 | 8:56 PMOur lives improve only when we take chances -- and
the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be
honest with ourselves.
-- Walter Anderson
Saturday, June 5 | 1:51 AMMy 42" Sony LCD TV is cranky. Maybe I should ride on the 3D LED screens at the next PC Show next week.
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Friday, June 4 | 9:24 AMI woke up on the morning of 4 June 2010 to a pleasant surprise...
A graffiti-painted train pulling into Kembangan MRT station was filmed by an intrigued individual who then posted it on YouTube. Just like the pimped up ride, the video made its round before hitting some raw nerves.
I really thought the graffiti added a sparkle to our rather "sterile" surroundings - a description made by a fellow foreign backpacker I had met on a trip years ago.
Anway, the practice of spray-painting trains can be traced to New York in the 1970s, when modern graffiti artists broke into subway yards to 'hit trains', usually along the sides of the cars. Unfortunately, the talented individual pulled his trick at the wrong place and at the wrong time. Not surprisingly, the authorities were quick to slap the "vandalism" label, citing terrorism experts who were concerned about the "breach of security", which comes at a time when public transport networks are viewed as potential terror targets. Just last month, it was revealed that the Orchard MRT station had been a possible terror target.
A reader of the popular online interactive website, STOMP, was not very tolerant of this bright spark by the vandal either:
"The Swiss vandal also needs to be severely dealt with. Years ago we also had another foreign vandal named Michael Fay, and we caned him for spraying paint on several cars.
"This case is no different. In fact it's far worse, since it was done on public property. Cane him as well, don't deport him. We need to show the world our stand on such crimes.
"This is a clear case of the kind of lousy imported values these foreigners bring with them. Why are they being anti-establishment when it's not even their country?"
Oh wow! With the recent slash and attack incident, where a local teen was attacked by some marauding foreign workers at the Kallang area, still fresh on our psyche, some must be wondering if Singaporeans are now paying the price for globalisation. Perhaps the recent government initiatives to promote the arts and the aesthetics have yet to rub onto that critic.
Nevertheless, the longstanding publication powerhouse, The Straits Times, concluded their report on 4 June 2010 with this very stark reminder on life on this tiny red dot of Singapore,
"Under the law, those guilty of vandalism can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to three years, and caned between three and eight strokes.
Those convicted of entering a protected place without permission can receive a maximum punishment of two years' jail and a $1,000 fine."
The pimped-up train has since been scrubbed and now plies the tracks looking sparkling clean again.
Incidentally, I was walking through an underpass late last month when I noticed the above remains of a graffiti which I had first come across almost ten years ago. Naturally, I whipped out my handphone and took a picture of it again. It was only then that I realised that the new addition to the frame was the NO CYCLING FINE sign at the far left hand corner. :)