Wednesday, November 30, 2005

the world doesn't revolves abt u..

don't know why i chose this title.. but, think its very applicable for those who are self-centred... its probably time for these kinda pple to wake their idea up and think of whats happening around them.. *grinz*

if u have been reading, you will remember that during one of my earlier posting, we had taken a dishonest taxi driver's trip here.. costing us abt 80+rupees when the normal trip only cost us abt 65rupees... yesterday morning's ride was again by him... this time round, he took us along a longer route... the trip costed us 90rupees!!! crapz... when we reached our destination, he even asked us whether we need him to fetch us back... -_-" oh man... dream on... from 65rupees to 90rupees... why would i wanna bother myself by paying so much more... ahhaha... crapz.. anyway, we took down his name and vehicle number.. everytime when we call for taxi, we will mention not to have this driver anymore.. bleahZ~

Taxi Charges
Trip < 3KM will cost 50rupees.. (Thereafter, every 1KM costs 10rupees)
Waiting time more than 5mins - 10rupees (Thereafter, every 1min costs 10rupees)

(p.s: the trip from our apartment to workplace is about 4.2-4.6KM...)

enough of saying.. btw, i think the food here is kinda nice... heehee.. :X

Sunday, November 27, 2005

laziness... ?

yup.. in my indulgence of laziness, i feel the reluntance of updating my blog.. don't ask me why.. as i have simply got no idea too..

maybe coz of some stuffs which happened in the office.. or, it could be the lack of visitors.. or even maybe coz i am just plain lazy...

i think its probably a mixture of all three possibilities..

anyway, went to "Singapore Visitors' Centre" today... met a guy named "Shannon".. he is a Singaporean.. he is married to a Singaporean lady here... who happens to be the one in charge of the centre... and ya.. before you start guessing... Shannon is not her subordinate.. he is just helping up there as he do not need to work on the weekend... he has his own business here.. wait.. why am i describing him here? LOL..

he is a pretty funny and nice guy... told us many things about the place here.. initially, he was laughing at us... for? for why on earth are we attached to this place! hahaha... we didn't know why we chose this place either.. don't get the wrong intention.. he is not telling us the place isn't good... its just that, it is pretty weird for someone of the age of ours to be attached here.. heeZ

but, he filled us up with lots of information abt what we shld do here.. he told us we should sign ourselves up with a local agent and visit some place which we will never get to in Singapore... places like to a hill-top... to a nature reserve area... woohoo!!! so tempted to go take a look at these places... anyway, i took down the name of the places... hoping that i might have the chance to use it...

this meeting with him is very nice and informative.. but, it also strike me in a sense whereby... he is a NTU graduate... when he started work, he was assigned here.. why would a NTU graduate come here... for job... but, why did he chose this job in the first place.. does it mean that Singapore have no placing for a graduate to "survive" in... oh man... Singapore employment market is getting so saturated.. future seems to be so bleak!!! *sad*

oh ya.. talking abt sad.. i think, i am starting to have symptons of depression whenever i am alone.. ya.. tats abt me these few days..

ps: it has been raining this few nights here.. almost every night, its raining.. like now, it is having a heavy downpour.. *sigh*

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

technical stuffs!

if you are not technically inclined, please ignore this posting.. i am just trying to whine my pain out!

hmm... started out the day with my newly found lover... her name is "Struts".. hahaha...

been trying to understand my "new lover" for the past weekend.. till now, i only know the basics of her... oh man.. whats more.. the basics i know is really basics!!!

this is such a difficult thing to do.. trying to understand a framework and know how it works.. difficulty level, 99! have so many online tutorials to refer to.. but, none of them are accurate! the writer always miss out several parts in their documentation... thus, making the whole thing not workable... grrr!

besides trying to understand this "lover" of my, i have also got to adapt to a new coupled along software, an IDE, "Eclipse"... why am i leaving my JCreator? coz Eclipse have got plug-ins that can debug and let me understand my "lover" characteristics... the struts-config.xml.. now, trying to install the plug-in(for the very first time) into Eclipse...

should have started using Eclipse long ago.. then, i wouldn't have this problem of needing to understand all these at one go...

guess this is part and parcel of life... i don't seem to have a choice.. do i... ? :X

rainy day!

alright.. today is a rainy day! its raining in the morning... stopped for awhile.. then, rained in the afternoon... stopped for another while... then, continued raining during the night... hahaha... something is wrong with the "tap"!!! someone, get a plumber to get it done! :X

anyway, abt the afternoon raining session... oh man... its really weird lor... i think the downpour was there for a purpose... to stop us from going lunch! must be! coz, the moment we stepped outta the building, it was drizzling... halfway to the main gate, it started to rain heavily... never mind.. we decided to try our luck by visiting the restaurant opposite our office.. the moment we reach there, it is still under renovation! yeah.. we know its under renovation.. just that wanna try our luck.. the moment we finished deciding where to head to, it was already raining cats and dogs!!! wah lao... we are destinated to be stucked there!!! so, we stood outside the ice cream shop beside the restaurant.. hoping that thte rain will somehow stop.. but, it didn't! so, we stayed there, chatted abit... then, decided to brave the rain to rush over back to our office building... yup.. we ran in the rain!! went back to our workplace... settled down for awhile... and called for the pizza... but, before we make the call, i peeped outside to look at the situation.. whether it is flooding or what.. but, to my surprise! the rain STOPPED!!! wah lao... win liao lor... so, we wasted money to call the pizza... had lunch only at 1430hrs.. SG time 1700hrs...

bleah... and, today, waited 2hrs 30mins for the taxi to come again... it was suppose to come at 1745hrs... ended up, it only came at about 2015hrs!!! yeah.. only reached home at Singapore's timing, 2345hrs.. ridiculous.. again stuck with all this taxi stuffs... bleah!

nonetheless, i guess everyone is starting to adapt to the environment le.. coz, this time round, although we were still abit pissed... but, not as pissed as before.. yup... moulding us to become more patient pple...:X

heh heh... alright.. got to continue to do my work already.. blog tomorrow morning when i reach office! ciaos.. ;)

Monday, November 21, 2005


weee! finally.. today morning, it rained! i think it brings in the cool more than the blues! but, due to the rain, it make me feel so lazy! didn't feel like coming as the weather is so good for a nice slp! bleah! but, do i seem like i have a choice? moreover, there isn't any "wake up" call from the pigeons today... maybe its due to the rain, they went into hiding!

hahaha... today, we were assigned the "put aeroplane" driver.. if you have read my previous posting, you will know who i am referring to.. the Mr. loads of "Sorry"! hahaha... as usual, he will always greet us good morning and hopefully we won't mention anything about the "aeroplane" incident.. hahaha... which we didn't.. anyway, he was driving so fast today.. and, we almost met with an accident(*touch wood*) with an auto... it was like going towards each other at such high speed.. luckily the both turned opposite direction of each other.. else, we will probably be on our way back to Singapore soon... :X

btw, forgot to mention about sunday.. slept till the afternoon.. abt SG time 1330hrs.. had such a great rest then.. hehehe... during the late afternoon, went out to the nearby supermarket, Food World, to get our weekly groceries.. on the way, we decided to go explore the area for a restaurant which our Singapore colleague actually brought us to during our 1st weekend here.. so, we walked even further.. we walked so much that we ended up going to another Food World branch... i think, we could have easily walked 2++KM from our apartment.. as we weren't very sure on the way to the restaurant, we decided to go into the supermarket to purchase our groceries and call it a day... hahaha.. on our way back, we decided to have our first meal of the day! that is to a Malaysian chain fast food restaurant, Pelita.. i took a look at my watch.. it was abt SG timing 1730hrs before the first spoonful of food enter my mouth on sunday! cool hor... hahaha.. ate till pretty full.. the meal also brought in the first mouthful of fruits i had during my 3 week stint here! had a cup of apple juice.. which costed me abt 45rupees(SGD1.40++).. hahaha...

had a thought thru during this weekend... been on the spending spree.. bad bad bad.. i better start saving up abit before everything is gone! =P

will blog more if i have the time.. ciaos! ;)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

a day of moving...

today, 1/4 of the day was spent walking... ahahha..

why? coz, we walked from our apartment to Spencer Plaza, a shopping mall which is pretty big in size... somewhat comparable to our Takashimaya + Ngee Ann City... in fact, shld be slightly bigger... yup... a walk journey there shld take us abt 30+ mins...

on our journey there... we passed by this white coloured building... dun know what it is... there were quite a number of military men there... guarding the place.. then, on my hand, i held a camera... when we walked pass one of the guards, he shouted at me.. asking me if thats a camera... i went.. "duh..." isn't it obvious enough... ? and he told me to keep it... weird leh... there isn't any signs saying i shld not carry a camera wat... but, nevertheless, i did what he commanded me to... coz, he was holding a gun!!! what can i do... :X

Settled down at the place and headed straight to Subway... for our brunch! yup... so pathetic... only had our lunch at around 1330hrs+(Chennai's timing)... abt Singapore's timing 1600hrs... hahaha... quite a filling meal... only that i shld have gotten myself a meal instead... paid 104rupees in total for a medium 7up with a 6-inch tuna! the rest of them paid 109rupees for a medium sized drink, a sandwich which is also 6-inch... additionally, either a cookie or potato chips!!! bleah! shld have just given that extra 5rupees... didn't know... >_<

walked around the mall for about 3-4hrs... in the process, we walked pass this shop where most of the products is leather clothings... so, went in to have a look... not bad... priced at about 2600rupees for this jacket which i quite like it... then, talked awhile... he dropped the price by 10%... which is about 2340rupees... wondering if i should buy before going back to Singapore... at least i will have a memory of this place with the jacket... :P

after shopping, went on to have our dinner... waa.. the restaurant we went was like.. so expensive lor! my dinner costed me about SGD7-8... dun think its worth it... not really fantastic... after the dinner session, we decided to take a taxi back... but, someone among us like kinda against it... insisting that we walk back... but, the place is already so dark... why shld we risk it.. right? so, nonetheless, i tried calling the taxi companies... ya.. as usual.. use my hp.. even though among us, there are quite a number of local SIM cards... but, its always using my one... dun understand why also... called the first company which we always call.. "Sree Devi"... but, they said it will take us 1hr before the taxi can come... so, i called the second company, "Fast Track"... initially, the operator told me 30mins.. then, he changed his statement to an hr odd... so, we decided not to call.. in between, there are some twist abt... which i shall not mention...

ultimately, we still walked back la... but, before we took our way back to our area, in fact, its just outside the plaza, this man approached us... saying he is a taxi driver... so, we told him the area we are heading.. and he asked for 200rupees... damn it... why would we pay him so much... ??? so, jimmy said 70rupees to him... he don't seem to quite like the price.. but, pester us to take his taxi... in the end, he told us he will settle for 50rupees... on the condition that we visit this "shop" he mention... knowing that this is a total scam... i insisted that we shld not follow him... though this offer seems to be abit tempting to the rest.. as i have heard of many many stories whereby visiting these shops will mean that we defintely have to buy some lousy stuffs... i simply was "turned off" when he talked about the shop... so, i just simply walked away... leaving the rest with no choice but to follow on... luckily that bugger never follow us... else, i will just report him to the authorities... out to cheat us... common sight for foreigners... so, yup... :)

in the end, we took abt another 30mins to reach home... ah!!! so tired! been moving up and down... dun feel like reading my "Struts" book...

oh.. btw, i yet to mention this... i am already assigned to one of the on-going project handled by my host company, Scandent Solutions... althought i yet to know what i will be doing there... but, i was tasked by my Project Manager to study on the new technologies in the industry like Struts, Spring AOP and Tapestry... though i am new to it... yeah.. i really mean new... i will still try to learn it.. since its gonna help me in the future... why not? :)

alright... had a few glass of Vodka... abit abit dizzy now... going ga ga liao.. hahaha.. logging off now... ciaos! :)

Saturday, November 19, 2005

its sat-a-day!

will i spend my saturday sitting down at home and rot.. ?

that seems to be a situation which is possible when the three of us, YH, Jimmg and i, have been sitting in the hall waiting for Nassa and Saiful to return from their bank trip!

Err.. yeah!!! they are finally back!!! hungry....

but, before we can move off... i need to do my laundry first... else, no clothing to wear! hahaha.. not that serious la... just that i wanna clear it before sunday.. so that i can rest~ but, i think the guys wanna go out on sunday... to watch harry potter... hopefully, i will have ample rest before i start another week of work!

okay.. shall go get busy... :)

will blog more when i am back... yeah!!! :)

Friday, November 18, 2005

fLy DaY

yeap... its friday again! 2 coming days for me to rest myself.. get energized! weeheee~

today, as usual, was awaken by the pigeons again! this time round, they were fighting sia.. can you imagine the amount of noise generated by their fights? oh man..

btw, something weird happened to me yesterday night.. was lying on the sofa watching tv.. then, also, doing some exercises like sit ups.. the rest of them we at the dining table playing games.. outta a sudden, i just doze off.. like blackout sia.. haahha.. was feeling so damn tired outta a sudden.. came to me like someone gave me some slping pills to eat.. :X but, i was still able to pull myself up from the sofa and walked to my room.. was lying flat on the bed.. but, still able to wake up and remove all the stuffs that were around my bed.. after that, switched off the lights and sent out a SMS.. then, knock out till this morning!!! wonderful... abt a total of 8-9hrs of slp.. sounds like a pig right? dun know.. but, i definitely enjoyed it.. :X

now, talk abt work... we were asked to meet our immediate supervisor yesterday to discuss on the projects we will be assigned to... there will be 2 of us assigned to the same project while the rest will be splitted individually.. personally, i fancy the former more than the latter.. reason for it is that i am more interested in the nature of the industry the product is developed on.. if i can't get that, then, i would probably go for the one under the banking industry.. :X sad ah... how come they never assign us any Singapore projects... if they do, i will feel more "homely".. hahaha.. :D

ok.. now, on the general part of my trip to Chennai.. soon, while into the weekend, it marks the 3rd weekend here... overall, the guys and i are starting to adapt to the way of living here.. though its pretty different from the usual lifestyle we had in Singapore, but, we are still able to live with it..

heehee.. shall get busy with my work le.. blog later! ;)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

ard the corner!

woohooo... weekend is around the corner! we have had programmes already for the weekend!!!

we are gonna go to Chennai's posh shopping centre known as Spencer's Plaza... last weekend, Jimmy and Nassa went there... they actually walked there.. it took them about 40-50mins of walking... wonder are we walking this weekend or taking a taxi.. i would like to try walking though.. on the other hand, i also feel like taking a taxi.. i think i would suggest them walking there and taking a taxi back! hahaha.. whatever the case, shall go there to take a look..

Heard that things there are pretty expensive.. well, shall only believe it when i been there myself.. i am rather stubborn... must witness first before making a conclusion.. heehee.. :P

Anyway, the previous entry was pretty short coz i was in the hurry to leave the office.. why? something which u will never guess happened!! the taxi this turn round was on-time! LOL... finally... but, the driver's vehicle makes me kinda worried.. its the very first time i see a vehicle's engine stalling while on the move.. woohoo.. but, what do you expect? I mean, they don't drive very new vehicles wat.. but still, as long as it moves, it will nevertheless be known as a vehicle! hahaha.. but, the ride home was also an eye opener.. coz, somehow, the driver took the way passing the posh area of Chennai... not bad.. quite nice.. it would be fabulous if the traffic was to be in a more organised manner.. :P

Oh, while on the way to work today, i saw the "Singapore Visitor Centre" opened in Chennai by Singapore Tourism Board... shall visit it this weekend... might be able to see something familiar there... Singaporeans!!! :D

alright.. now, to my friends who are somehow "suffering" in Singapore, do take good care of yourself.. may it be Major Project or Student Internship Programme! go go, jiayou!!! :D

*ps: will be assigned my project team later... abit anxious to know on what i am going to be tasked to developed! :X

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

another day end!

its another day end at India, Chennai..

as like the day before, tried doing some research on Spring today... even tried some hands on.. but, due to some problems i having over the application, never succeeded! sad...

then, had lunch @ Mainland China today... as compared to the last visit i had there, ate slightly more than previously..

anyway, going home liao.. shall blog more tomorrow morning.. :)


alright... today is wednesday... and, it is the midweek of our 3rd week in India, Chennai!

Well, as usual, was woken up by pigeon's "feeding" sound... every morning, without fail, there will be this pigeon nest exactly outside the window panel of my room(btw, i share the room with Yonghon).. always, about 0730hrs(Chennai's timing, Singapore's timing would be 1000hrs), the pigeon would come and feed its young.. they are always making weird weird noises which i really can't stand at all.. moreover, whats more is the noises actually awaken me from the much needed rest which i gotta have in order to have ample strenght to last me thru the day!! grr... so, just like what i always do, i would just simply go to the window panel and hit it twice... if not, i would open the window and the pigeon will fly away... leaving its young there... i reckon that the little young one can't fly yet.. so, yup.. it was left there all alone..

dun worry.. i m not the evil one that will push the young one down three levels to the ground.. heehee.. *grinz*

today was abit exceptional... while bathing, i started hearing the pigeon's sound again..(btw, the bathroom is just beside our room).. i took a peek outside thru the window panel and i found out that the pigeon was actually now at our neighbour's window panel looking at its young.. oh man.. it suddenly strikes me that i m so evil! depriving the pigeon from feeding its young... *gosh*.. what have i done..!!!

so, like i always do, i started thinking loads while bathing... and i started to realise once again.. humans are just so selfish.. selfish in the sense that in order to achieve comfort in our own style, we just simply ignore about the surroundings.. at a very rare circumstances, we would spare a thought for whats happening around us.. hmmm.. well, prior to this thought, i will try not to be selfish anymore.. shall let the pigeon continue to have its nest there and continue feeding its young..

let the feeding sound irritate Yonghon now... since he is slping nearer to the window panel.. wahhaha... if there comes a chance whereby i can record down the sound make by the pigeon, i will let you people hear it... and judge how it can awake u from ur slp.. :P

oh, btw, waited for the taxi yesterday night till 2045hrs(2315hrs in Singapore!) before we manage to get onto one(as a matter of fact, we did not get ANY taxi at all.. we took Auto(a three wheeler) home.. as there are a total of 5 students, we can only split into two groups.. each Auto costs us 50rupees.. which sums our transportation fee for the day to about 40rupees).. arrgh! this taxi thingie is getting on the nerves of everyone! lets hope the arrangement make by our company would be a much better one.. coz, i think everyone is getting pretty affected by this.. we were only able to eat at about Singapore's timing 0000hrs... had pizza delivery as Jimmy wasn't feeling well.. hahahaha... gonna be a "junk boy" like my mum always grade me... :D

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

still waiting...

the time now is 1850hrs at Chennai... and, i m still in the office... hahahaha...

not coz i too hardworking.. but then, am still waiting for the taxi to come... zzz...

while waiting, i shall just stay at my work-station and stare blankly at the monitor.. since i have already faced it for the past few hrs... makes no difference if i just stare at it for half an hr to 45mins more.. isn't it?

anyway, went to another vegetarian restaurant today for lunch... it costed me 150rupees... its equivalent to SGD6... wonder... why is it my meals are getting more and more expensive.. and i wonder... can carry on wondering.. hahaha..

oh well, nonetheless, the food was quite good... service was great.. just that i din have enuff to fill my stomach to the brink.. hahaha...

another day has passed.. woohooo.. going to weekend soon.. heehee.. :P

how we started tuesday...

we started the day by getting cheated.. wahahah... cheated by our taxi driver...

he literally gave us a "ride round the town"... LOL... damn funny... dun really feel angry... coz i dun want to be angry... all i wanna do is laugh my way thru... hahaha..

now, going thru the daily routine.. doing some catching up with my home land, Singapore! reading the news and happenings... woohooo... :)

an addition[dun understand? its okay.. ;)], shall not wait no more.. :)

Monday, November 14, 2005

4 letter words...

its monday... usually, in Singapore, monday will be filled with loads of work.. but, in Chennai, it seems like Monday is a slow start of the week...

Today ain't a good start for me too... first thing in the morning, the driver who always pick us up in the morning put our aeroplane again! the funny thing is that during saturday morning, supposingly our off day, he came!!! at 0850hrs somemore!!! can you imagine.. everyone is slping.. and, he, at our doorstep, pressing the bell??? the first ring, no one pick it up... i took it for granted that one or two of my flat mates are already awake.. so, i simply ignore it and try hard to go back to sleep... but, few minutes later.. the bell came along! argh.. pissed, i woke up and went to the door to see who the weird visitor are we having at the doorstep.. it turns out to be the driver!!! >_< he thought that we gotta work on sat. too.. the moment i opened the door, we had this conversation

Driver: No work today??
Me: No... (Giving a very very slpy face)
Driver: Oh! Sorry sorry!
Me: (Shaking my head in a dismay manner)
Driver: Sorry sorry! I come on monday!
Me: Okok...
Driver: Sorry sorry!

So, tat is the first conversation of my saturday... a lorry load of "Sorry"..
then, on monday(tats today and what i mentioned earlier), we waited patiently till 0910hrs.. he din turn up sia... wa lao.. put our aeroplane!!! kuku leh.. tsk.. cannot trust him one lor... second time put our aeroplane le.. grrr...

Anyway, been listening to my Zen ever since i reached office... wonder whats wrong with it... keep playing love songs.. can't stand it!!! bleahz... feel tat nowadays, 力不从心.. always 半途而废.. don't know what i want exactly.. got abit of 不知所措 feeling.. what have i actually done wrong to myself? hmmm.. 烦死人了... making me 心事重重.. 哈哈哈哈..

shall blog more at a later time.. if i ever find some time.. :)


my weekend ended here... in what kinda manner? in a home staying + rotting manner...

hahaha... just stayed home thru-out the weekend... sometimes, going online to see if anyone or someone is online... but, no one came... aiyah! so, besides being a no-life person at home, i finished up my clothes washing... and stuffs... completed what is needed to be completed... and, cool! everything done! only that i have another load of dirty clothing to wash... tats all...

hmmm.. nothing much to blog about... just feeling bored and doing nothing now... internet is not interesting at all.. especially MSN... hai! >_<

Sunday, November 13, 2005

weekend #2

2nd weekend in Chennai… hmmm… time passes quite fast wor… which is of my liking… heehee…!

Anyway, been a no life in Chennai… so, if you are wondering what can be done here, let me tell you… basically, its slp, wake up, bathe, go work, work, lunch, work, wait for taxi, home, bathe, go online, iron clothes, slp… and the cycle continues… basically, my life in Chennai only evolves around work… hahaha… totally, if you notice, there isn’t any much entertain… only the going online part… that’s the only thing I depend on in bring entertain to my life… brightening it up… but, sometimes, I don’t get the type of entertainment needed to fulfill myself up… (oh plz… if you are thinking that type of “entertainment” as serving adult websites, u are ought to be shot!) *sigh*

For the second week, many things happened… starting from one of my flat mate fell sick during the weekend… and, the virus mutated… spread to his room-mate then, to my room-mate… my room-mate’s case was quite serious till he needed medical attention… was accompanied with our Training officer, who happens to be the Asst. Vice President of the department, and an admin staff, I think… hmmm… the place is pretty run down, but, still, it is okay for a hospital bah… it least there are ample manpower around… in fact, for a hospital of its size, it seems to me that they have so many different doctors… a lot of them somemore… can you imagine? The size of a 3 story building, having around 30-40 doctors? Impressive… :D

Next thing to mention is the rain… as I have always concluded, the weather at Chennai is really very unpredictable… the place can be filled with sunshine and the next moment, rain! Really really unpredictable… unlike Singapore’s… still will show u the dark dark sky first… before raining… here, even there isn’t any dark clouds, it can automatically rain… just like a tap… as and when you turn it on, the water just flows! Hahaha… lousy analogy… but, ya… concept is almost the same… LOL!

Oh, we started to go to another restaurant to have our meal… previously, we kept patronizing “Dynasty” which is a Chinese restaurant and located in a hotel… this time, we went to another Chinese restaurant, “Mainland China”. Initially, we thought its going to be very costly… because the place is very well furnished! And, when we asked about the price, the waiter told us 199rupee including all taxes for their buffet! We were like… huh… quite expensive leh… then, we took a look at the menu before we decided to have the buffet… why? I saw one of the dish in the menu which states “Peking Duck”… I was like… waaa… got peking duck leh… then, I look at the price, I had a bigger “WOW”! its priced at 1000rupees!!! >_< that is like SGD40 lor… winner sia… then, we decided to move off to see whats on their buffet menu… to my surprise, its quite nice leh… the food is nice… the ambience is good… woohooo… found another nice restaurant to have lunch at… somemore, buffet… and, the variety is quite nice… heehee… luckily we went there to try lor… else, we will only be stucked at “Dynasty” throughout our stay… 

Another adventurous thing that happened was during Friday night, while heading home in the taxi, the taxi went outta petrol… we were like… stunned lor… stuck at a major junction… and, its raining and such… wah lao… what a day it was lor… but, I managed to take a picture of the junction while waiting for the “backup” vehicle our driver called… besides taking picture, I also realize that the people here like to urinate anywhere at anytime… even while its raining, they will either stop their vehicle or bicycle to come down and urinate at the walls… even if it is in a major junction… they will just urine one lor… this kinda sight can NEVER be seen in Singapore liao lor… its like we were there for about 30mins, I saw 4-5 of them doing it at different times lor… win liao! Wanted to take a pic of them urinating… but, decided not to as it is quite rude to do so… LOL… :D


Ok… just got back from a trip to the bank… Saiful needed to go draw money as his “supply” is low… in order to accommodate to the bank’s timing, we had to wake up early to visit the place… the distance between the bank and our apartment is slightly more than 1.5km… we only managed to arrive at the bank after abt 20mins walk… its like from Plaza Singapura to Orchard MRT Station distance… I think… Anyway, when we reached the bank, we were stopped by the security guard… he thought we are some poor people as we were all wearing shirts and bermudas… he only realize that we are customers of the bank when Saiful took out the draft cheque… aiyah… like that also cannot see how different we are… especially when Yonghon and I are there… skin color difference so much liao… hahaha… (no offence at all…) ok… back to the main purpose… when we went to the counter staff requesting to draft the money out, the staff actually told us we can’t… quite ridiculous lor… its like… she was saying that we needed some manager’s signature… and stuffs… wah laoz… draft so troublesome meh? Must go through so many approvals… then, we deem that the lady couldn’t help us… so, she got her colleague to help instead… hoping a change of situation for our case, we ended up having the same answer as we had… “No, you can’t draw any money from this…” damn!

Alright… gonna spend my weekend at home… lazy to move out… besides that, I dun like the language barrier here… feeling quite irritated… but, looking forward to the night when I can go online and chat with (hmmm…) ;)

Ever since I landed here, I really lost my command in my language… hmmm… wonder why… sighz… hope you all understand my this blog entry… 

Take care… for those who really need to…

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

happenings @ Chennai!

Ridiculous, that’s the only word in mind for the 4 of us, excluding Saiful.

Why? We were kept waiting for our taxi for abt 1hr 30mins! Can you imagine that? Nonsense… We kept calling their call centre… initially, they told us it will take another 30 mins, we were like.. fine… maybe due to the traffic or something like that… we waited for abt an hr before we are convinced that another call is needed… this time round, they told us another 15mins… alright… maybe coz due to the rain! But, 20mins passed and no taxi came! We called once again… and they said 10mins… determined not to be a kanna sai passenger, we just take it as it came…but, still, it didn’t come along… this time round… I was so damn pissed… I called up and started to speak louder… the previous calls we make by Nasa, which I feel isn’t “powerful” enough…

I think they transferred me to their manager… and he kept telling me that the driver is at the front gate… making sure that things go right this time round, I told him that if I don’t see the taxi, I will give him a call again to let him have a feel of what I m feeling…!

Lucky for him, the taxi came… so damn pissed… can you imagine? 1hr 30mins just for a taxi!? If this occurs in Singapore, I think the taxi company would probably suffer from public scrutiny! All eyes would be on the stupid taxi company… Nonsense…

Anyway, finally, we got our internet connection on our work stations… but, theres a lot of things which can’t be done! Things like, going onto MSN… checking email(yahoo or school’s student mail) etc. sighz… so many restrictions… I wonder how their staff work this way… moreover, its like, they have given us such legacy system to work with… P3 500MHz… and, the software we are using to develop programs is NetBeans! Back in school, with a P4, using of NetBeans cause many jerks and lags… now, with a P3… and, it’s the lower version of P3… what do u think???

Oh man… as commented by one of my flat mate… time passes quite fast… yup… already my 8th day in Chennai… but, I wish the time would pass even faster… seriously, I m homesick!!! Besides home-sickness, I am also friends-sick!!! Miss everyone in Singapore! So sad… but, I shall push on! And, I shall not think too much while in here… I must persevere!!! That’s Aaron, right? :D

Alright… for those who are back at Singapore, enjoy your time! Whether it is attachment or school term, enjoy it to the fullest! As you really can’t imagine how much we are going through now in Chennai… outta 5 of us, 3 already fallen sick… one of us who is tat sick that needs medical attention in one of their local hospital… hai… but, don’t worry! Its not me!(as if anyone would bother if the person is me or not…)

Take care!

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Just simply hope that time passes as fast as it did for this week… w/o knowing much, one week has passed… which is good! Coz, it meant that my stay here at Chennai is one week lesser!!! Oh well, not to mean that Chennai isn’t good… this place is nice… but, with comparisons over Singapore, I would still prefer the latter… *grinz*

Anyway, quite an adventurous Saturday we had here at Chennai… firstly, the day started out pretty late… why? Coz yh and I slept till 1300hrs++(.SG timing) even though we slept pretty early the night before… I think we had a whopping 10hrs of rest… pig, rite? Hahaha… whatever… we started to wash up and get ready to move out for lunch… but, before we could, our landlord’s wife came over to pay us a visit… with her, a cleaner to help shape up the place… She looks pretty nice… kept asking us whether we have problems here… hahaha… nice lady! 

After she left, we went out for lunch… this time round, we went to a “fast food” restaurant known as “Pelita”… it is a chain restaurant which originated from Malaysia… there, I found many familiar food in its menu… ah! Finally… some familiar looking food… the stuffs there are pretty reasonable… almost of the same pricing with Singapore’s… Reasonable as in the sense of pricing only… if talk abt the quality, I would still prefer Singapore’s… :P

After meal, we went on to “Food World”, a super-mart, to get our groceries… when we got our stuffs and ready to head back, it started to rain… initially, I was pretty reluctant to brave through the rain and get home… reason being so was that nasa, one of my flat mate, isn’t feeling well… was afraid tat his condition might worsen if he run in the rain with us… but, Jimmy, insist on coming back… he said that the chicken meat, which we bought, would smell… so, no choice lor… everyone ran back home lor… u people yet to see the condition of the street when it rains lor… lots and lots of puddle of dirty water! Especially when theres vehicles driving pass… the water will splash up till my knee level lor… might sound exaggerating… but, I can’t deny that there are such cases of water splashing incident lor… aiyah… whatever the case, this is not the type of environment you will have back at Singapore… so, you will not know how much u would appreciate the drainage system of Singapore’s! 

Next, when we reached home, I was engrossed to the VCD, Full House, which I brought over… watched it throughout the whole of the late afternoon… then came evening! Was feeling abit tired… so, went out to the hall to take a breather… and, here… came the most un-expected and “thrilling” incident of the day! Our “cook”, Jimmy, was trying to get dinner ready… he had curry chicken in his menu today! When he was ready to add in the coconut milk, the whole pot of curry chicken exploded!!! Power, right??? Never known that such thing would happen? Look… it did happen! It was hell to us! We were all summoned to clean up the place! “We” excludes Jimmy and Nasa… the former was traumatized while the latter wasn’t feeling well… oh man… we had a “GREAT” time cleaning up the place… but still, we did it! Nice experience we are having here at India, Chennai… right…?

Hahaha… its now 0222hrs(Singapore’s timing)… been waiting ever since 0100hrs… bleah… waiting for what? Plain waiting lor… bleah… shall juz doze off bah… will update u guys on the happenings in Chennai… take care, people… 

p.s.: due to the limitation of bandwidth for our internet connection, posts will be back-dated as i have to save the bandwidth!!! :D

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Today is my second day at India.. oh well, went to office to work!

Hmmm… we took a “Call Taxi” to the workplace… it runs on a meter… and, the meter shows that the total fare was supposingly to be 56rupees! But, the young driver asked for 70rupees! Reason he gave was that he did not have any change… but, when we gave him 60rupees, he still insisted in taking 70rupees from us… *speechless*

The situation at the office can only be described with one word, “WINNER”! Well, the place looks nice.. just a little cramp… and, one thing that’s very frequent there and rare at Singapore is that our workplace is full of blackouts… LOL! Nonetheless, I guess that’s the best place I have been ever since I landed at Chennai!

After work, I think we walked about 1km to the “posh” shopping mart the people have been telling us… why is my “posh” with “” ? u should know why…! YES!!! Its that “POSH”!!! can’t stand it… I will post the pictures online when I get my hands on the Internet connection at office! Shall bring the RJ45 connectors tomorrow! Internet… here I come!!!

Oh… another thing! We almost kanna cheated while trying to make our way back to our place… It cost us 70rupees when we head for office… I expected it to be almost the same… but, that bugger wanted to charge us 100rupees! Luckily the “POSH” shopping mart owner came out to help us talk to the driver… In the end, we paid 90rupees… 10dollars lesser only… but, whatever lor…

Everyone is so sian now… morale damn low! All of us are in favour of asking our friends to send us food via DHL… Since the charges here at a third world country is almost the same as the one in a world class country, we might as well go for something with quality… isn’t it…?

I am feeling so damn down now… but, I must still act strong sia!!! But, if I fall now, everyone’s morale sure get affected by me! Since we are going to face each other for the next 80+ days, I reckon that it isn’t a nice thing to do in-front of them…

I hate acting… and, I don’t want to act anymore! Let alone the acting… there is still something that is weighting very heavily in me… know what? Guess bah… it should be very easy to understand what it is…

I really feel like going back to Singapore now… At least I can be myself…

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

first posting @ India!

ok.. here goes my first posting from India to you people out there..

Everything is fine here.. the apartment is quite good and cosy..(tats the only thing i can think of to compliment)

As for the bad side, theres abit of food-shortage(only had my first meal of the day at abt 1500hrs[Singapore time]).. water-shortage(only 2 big bottles[abt 3litre] to be shared within 5 of us!)..

hahaha.. whateva the case.. will try to work it out..

now, as for the photos.. will post it up tomorrow at office.. coz, bandwidth @ our apartment is limited to 600MB per month! guess what.. i think i have used close to 10MB for just 2 days.. really.. usage is so high! must really learn how to improvise.. dun face this kinda problem at Singapore.. argh! but, one thing good is, the internet connection at our apartment is almost on par with the one at Singapore! it isn't laggy at all! thats the plus point of it! :)

Will post up more stuffs when i m back at office... heard that our landlord will be coming later to bring us out for dinner.. !