Monday, December 31, 2007


2007 has been one of the most happening years of my life to date. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's a 007 year, coupled with me always trying to emulate James Bond. (Thus the convertible and leather jacket)

Listing in terms of priority the top milestones of the year:

1. Getting into Med School - I am living my dream. Not sure how many people are lucky enough to do that. I'm very thankful for having been given this opportunity, and will never take it for granted. It's been a long and arduous road getting here, but the road ahead is even longer and tougher. All the same, I'm game.

2. Appreciating Family and Friends - I haven't been without family and friends for more than 1 month, and this being away was quite a trying time. Absence makes the heart fonder...

3. Appreciating Singapore - For all this shortfalls, Singapore is still home. I just had to find this out for myself by juxtaposing home with another place. I have been complaining about so many things about this place just like many others, but when it comes down to it, home is where the heart is.

4. Living abroad - How I prepared myself for this was to imagine the worst possible scenario in any case. With such expectations, one cannot possibly be disappointed. It wasn't easy, but I got through it without too many scratches. Different people, culture, place. Being "2nd class" isn't really a nice feeling, but I came out better through it.

5. Surviving 1st year Med - Honest to God, I haven't put in that much effort before into anything I have gone through. I can still recall how I was having thoughts about giving up, when I was studying through the night and I could feel my temples pulsating.... I asked myself is this all worth it? What if I got a stroke? But thankfully I was the wiser and knew that the pulsating temple would not lead to that. I survived. The worst should be over, I think.

6. Fitting in - I always wondered how it would be like in "angmo-land". Well, I'm glad to say it's really great. Made quite a few close friends there, albeit a lot of them being Asians.

7. Getting my first convertible - Another small dream of mine, to drive down the beach topless (the car, not me). I was contemplating about the MX-5 at first, but decided on the 206cc cos it had a hard top, and this was when Transformers was a hit. heh... it also looked futuristic and could potentially fit 4 people (they need to be on the small side tho).

8. Learning to Cook - I have always wanted to learn how to cook... but I guess necessity is the mother of all invention, and with Mom's cooking around, there wasn't necessity present. In any case, there's still lots of room for improvement. So far on the JKYL menu there's pasta, curry, tom yum soup, fried rice, and meat/vege dishes. Shall aim to expand my repertoire in 2008. Suggestions welcomed.

9. Semi-professional Wedding co-ordinator/emcee - Since I was back, I attended 7 weddings, of which I was best-man 3x and emcee 2x. My friends say I should provide professional wedding co-ordinator/planner/emcee services.... maybe next time as a sideline... heh.

Can't really think of a 10th to round things up, so I'll just leave this as it is.

Here's wishing everyone a special 2008. May you realize your dreams.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

XW & Goon's wedding day

We could see the evil in the gatekeepers' eyes, the smirks on their wicked faces. The prey, Goon.

And they subjected him and his brothers to this kinda torture. There was more but it's just too gruesome to show....

So much so that even Sky was exhausted, and Joe terrified.

He tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
He had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter...

For those who have gotten a ride in the Skymobil before, you should be able to empathize with me in this picture.

Flowers arranged, tables set.
Don't they make a lovely silhouette?
This day I'm sure they'll never forget.
Presenting Goon & XW, the newly weds!

Go Goon!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Team iDA

In my last job before going to Australia, I was with iDA, and was involved in the soccer team. Here is a pic taken before one of our matches.

And no the guy behind isn't the kacang puteh man, he's our captain =)

Team Number: 8
Position: Left-back/left-mid
Record when I'm playing P6 W1 D1 L4.

Fun times.

My wall in the hall...

This is the wall outside my room in Raffles Hall when I was in year 3.
It was block 3A, and that's where the Bomberman Gang resided.

Got Milk? / iMac / Shakesspeare in love / Nestea / Sesame Street / A|X / Coke / Austin Powers / McDonald's

Can't really see the rest...

Wonder what happened to Mr B1.... hmmmm

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Goodbye Yr1, Hello Yr2

(NGP = Non-graded Pass)

5 more weeks of freedom...

jPod unravelled

Top down, music up, cruising along Surfers Paradise.

I miss jPod.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


conquered.... now for the 4x4.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Stevie NG (Angie) wedding / Melaka road trip

Tis the season to get married... tra-la-la-la-la-la.... you get the drift.
This is the 2nd wedding for me in M'sia, the first being Phaik's (who is now 7 months pregnant.. congrats!) wedding in KL, in 05.

Road trip with 2 of my best buddies, Jo & Sky. There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's the Malaysian Ringgit.

Jo compiled a CD for the road trip... and admittedly it wasn't the best collection of songs. Song No.1 - Chage & Aska's Say Yes. Enough said? Sky kept hitting the "Next" button.

Melaka Executive Summary
1. In a word: Kampung-in-transition.
2. City traffic: 1.2km/j
3. Main attraction: Jonker Street
4. No.1 Myth: Chicken Rice Balls are damn good la!
5. Fashion: too much attention to detail
6. Shopping: couldn't get there. See no 2.
7. Best food on the trip: Jonker street chendol. (had 2)
8. Girls: can't complain... hor Sky? hor?
9. Road culture: think most of the cars' indicators are spoilt... a bit like Sg but even more so
10.Car culture: check out the sticker on the side of the cars man... think its part of the part of the deal when they buy the car... "Eh bang, sticker percuma la..."

Wedding Day/Dinner
- Best man... again. They say 3 strikes and you're out.
- Sisters: .... well at least none of them were pregnant, like one of my previous experiences.
- Photographer was quite kay-en-en. Kept shoving me away during the gate-crashing to get a better shot.
- No Ang Pow box... all the singaporeans blur.
- Free seating. Don't try this, it's very messy.
- Karaoke!!!! Good idea to bring ear plugs just in case.
- Resident host-cum-karaoke-singer
- Drinks self-service. 1 bottle of mineral water, 1 bottle of 7-up, and 1 bucket of ice. Dozo...
- Start late end early! 8.30-10.30pm. chop chop.

Congratulations Steve and Angie. May you have many many happy years ahead.


@Joe's tonning (stay up overnight)
been awhile since i did this. think that was in JC.
Had a preview of lots of HD movies on Rod's HDTV.

Go reds! YNWA.


back in sg...
back online...
back in the game...
back to the gang...
back to 222...
back where i belong...
back =)