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Haze on a Bad Stomach

October 11, 2015 Leave a comment

So the annual haze is back and roiling across South East Asia.

It’s not as bad as the haze in 2013 which went up to a record high of 401 PSI (Pollution Standards Index). This year round it managed a measly 220.

But I felt worse.

from Straatosphere

Apart from keeping me indoors and blocking out the sun, somehow the Haze got into my system and bothered me with never-ending coughs, irritated throat and itchy eyes for two weeks.

A pain in itself. But then, it mutated into blood-stained phlegm (only in the morning and after a racking cough) and chest pains for a week.

I freaked out.

From Health Tap

Singapore’s Polyclinics are crowded, orderly, and rather efficient affairs (although the waiting could take a while). The GP poked, prodded, and gave me an ECG.

The verdict

  • Chest – muscular-skeletal. Intercoastals muscles are strained
  • Cough – possibly dyspepsia and acid reflux

I got medicine for it and a lecture on cleaning up my diet. That means no coffee, no chillis, no alcohol, nothing heaty (like durian). Interestingly enough, my cough started to clear up and I’ve not been spitting blood into the wash basin.

Perhaps it’s just a one-off injury from coughing too much.

I certainly hope so. But to be safe, I’ll go clean liver for a month (or more).

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Story #3: Memory

June 25, 2015 Leave a comment


“Who are you?”

“Your daughter.”



“Who are you?”



“Born in the U.S.A., Humble Negro Cemetery, Humble, Texas 0508101245BW” by Patrick Feller

Stories Under 10 Words

Inspired by Hemmingway’s 6-word story “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn”.
More Short Shorts at
Stories Under 10 | Six Word Stories (Reddit) 

Kinetic Energy Crystallised In Time

May 25, 2009 1 comment

From the website “Some images are so expressive that time seems to stand still, and nowhere is this more so than in the work of virtuoso fine art photographer Howard Schatz.”

So true. These images are just the tip of the iceberg.


Source: Environmental Graffiti

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Why so bright?

February 29, 2008 Leave a comment

I saw an illuminating piece of news on the 10 o’clock Chinese news this evening (29/08/2008).

By next year, you will be able to walk along the length of the river haloed by blue, pink or green lights (for an example, pop into Bar Opiume @ the Asian Civilisations Museum).

Apparently, programmable lights will be installed at "Read and Cavenagh bridges, special lighting for four underpasses at Boat Quay, Empress Place and Clarke Quay, under-bridge lighting for the Clemenceau, Coleman and Elgin bridges, floating lights on the river, as well as new street lamps and lighting of trees along the entire three-kilometre stretch of the Singapore River" (from STB press release).

On TV, the PR person proclaimed that it was necessary because "the river has alot of history and this lighting will enhance the uniqueness of Singapore’s tropical features."  Was the Singapore River lit up like an overly garish blue, green and pink birthday cake in the past? I don’t know.

But they must be right. The river is being outfitted with candles, lamps, lanterns and will-o-wisps to modishly light it up like an oversized, watery birthday cake. Ah well, at least, I can safely assume that the authorities will not program the Singapore River’s lights to exclaim "I Love Singapore" in Morse code.

Or will they?

Resources: URA Lighting Plan | STB Press Release

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Exploding Eggs

February 27, 2008 Leave a comment


That is just bad.

Anyways, despite the horrible pun, you should never, ever heat up eggs in a microwave oven. Yours truly, did it for his eggs. And one of them blew up in the oven!

The white, slightly-flat sphere spun out of the dish, spewed its yolk, ricocheted off the oven’s roof before settling into a rounded nook.

It was entertaining; as much as as a sadist enjoys watching cats burst apart in space. As for me, I’m just happy that the oven was built like a tank. Other egg-eaters had it worse (NewScientist Report). Now back to breaking up egg stalagmites and stalactites in the oven.

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February 21, 2008 Leave a comment
I turned on the TV and got a variety show with kid grasping onto ping pong balls while being towed by their parents. Michelle Chia and Ben Ong were comperes for the show.
How amazingly stupid.
At 9pm, a drama about three wide-eyed girls will come on. It is all about love-dovey, please-be-nice-to-me feelings. Channel 5 fares not much better and Channel U is screens some inane idol drama.
Geez. Did the writer’s strike in America affect Singaporean writers? These shows are absolute nonsense.
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Chinese New Year

February 6, 2008 Leave a comment
I am turning into the Chinese version of Scrooge. Whilst Scrooge abhors Christmas, I abhor the clank-clank gaiety of this red season. A holiday – for us working people – is a time of rest and mucho sleep. Who the hell needs to be interrupted by well-wishers whom I see quarterly???
Half day work today. Leaving at 1pm for some basketball (actually, it’s just me and the hoop) and exercise. It looks cloudy and sulky outside. I hope it turns hot and sunny and spicy. The joys of having half-day off.
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