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Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Now SBSTransit just launched (yet another) campaign to stop assualts on bus captains. I'm not sure if the campaign covers school bus 'ah cheks' as well coz I know that some wild monkeys (oops, i meant kids) bully their 'ah cheks'!
I find the entire campaign so unnecessary. SBS Transit spends so much for this campaign in the hope of what? To protect the dignity of bus captains?
Why not a National campaign to teach R.E.S.P.E.C.T in general?
What's next? Stop Bullying your Teacher Campaign? Stop Bullying your Subordinate Campaign?
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
It's happening for a few days only from today 19 June 2007 to 23 June 2007. Don't ask me why it's such a short duration.
Anyway, details are:
Local Pastel Art Exhibition
NLB Building @ Bras Basah
Level 8 Promenade
I'll be there to take some pictures of my dad and his works.
Friday, June 15, 2007
You are meant to be a one-stop portal for all National Service personnel. I applaud this modern initiative as it spelt out the convenience factor and something that NS personnel could finally have something to rely on in terms of coordination, the chain of communication, and yes, even a portal for unit personnel to check on important issues such as Pes Status, Pre-ICT Briefings, and how many more high-key ICTs to serve.
Alas, I'm disappointed to say the least. In fact, I feel rather insulted when I received a letter summoning me to the military court for failure to take my IPPT and registering for RT. If I were a skiver, I would have just resigned to the fact that the law has caught up with me, and I would face the consequence (ever heard the oft said 'do anything you want in SAF as long as you don't get caught'?). But that's not the case: I take my NS commitment as seriously as - if not more than - MINDEF does in its defence policies. If there's anything to prove my loyalty, commitment and seriousness, I earned the Best NSman title in the 5th LSSLC course held last year. In every ICT, I would run with my unit comrades during their IPPT to encourage them to pass their tests of physical fitness.
Likewise this past March 2007, I went for my ICT but I was told that I did not have to take my IPPT because I suffered multiple fractures on my left arm during a triathlon race last July 2006. Nevertheless I could still run and I encouraged my men by running alongside them during their test.
Then I received an SMS from the NS Portal (yet another innovative way of reminding busy NS personnel) in early May 2007, saying that I have not registered for my IPPT before my window closes. I was a little perturbed and so I called the 1800-3NSNSNS number and one of your men told me to book a medical board review with my unit. I did as I was told and subsequently saw the MO on 24 May 2007 and he excused me from IPPT and RT till September 2007 while pending further investigation from the Medical Corps.
And now I have a letter to summon me to court and to 'explain myself' while taking time off from work. The letter even states it clearly to my employer that I have to attend court and that they cannot claim MUP. Now my office is abuzz that I may have committed a crime. I try to explain to the many PRs and foreigners in the office but they just don't understand how a 'one-stop portal developed by a mighty army' can make such a boo boo. Truth is, neither can I fathom the fact of the lack of coordination. On one hand, my eMedInfo says I'm excused; on the other hand I receive a serious summon that compromises my integrity and my service to nation.
Instead of me 'explaining myself' to the military court for my (lack of) action in taking my IPPT, can someone explain why I have to go through an embarrassing situation due to some (lack of) coordination issue with the NS Portal, MINDEF and/or whoever is involved?
I hope this matter will be looked into and I sincerely hope that this is a technical oversight that will be rectified in due time.
As a responsible citizen, I will still dutifully attend the court hearing unless someone over-rules it.
With best regards,
3SG (NS) Cyclingturtle
Monday, June 11, 2007
Anyway she asked me to take off my shirt and immediately when I took it off she said that I have swimmer's shoulders! WHOA! Someone finally noticed! I was quite happy.
btw, the therapist is 52 years old with grown-up kids so please don't think that there was hanky panky or that the mention of broad shoulders was a pick-up line from the therapist.
She also did mention that I have abs, but they are hidden.
doc: "come in"
doc: "good morning, what's wrong with you?"
cm: "I've got a back sprain."
doc: "okay. can you touch your toes?"
cm: "didn't try, but..."
doc (interrupts): "ok, lie down face up."
cm (takes off shoes and lies down)
doc: "try to lift your right leg"
cm (lifts right leg up)
doc: "ok, you may get up. you need an mc for today?"
doc: "you go home and rest lah. I give you some pain killers. okay, see you."
How long did you take to read the above dialogue?
If you considered the actions and took a total of 2 minutes to read this, then that's what it took for the company doctor to give me an mc for the day.
Note: it took him 2 minutes to give me a medical cert so I can have a day off.
Is that what doctors are good for nowadays - just 'professionals' who produce a piece of paper authorizing an official sick day?
There was no mention of medical concerns such as:
1. How to take care of your back;
2. What are the possible causes (is your mattress too soft? Is your pillow too hard?);
3. mentioning of back-strengthening exercises
This is the second time I'm writing about this doctor. Don't laugh at me for being so foolish as to go back to this doctor time and again.
The system's gotta blame too. The system requires me to get a stupid MC!
Friday, June 08, 2007
Fraud. Got cheated. Police case. Lost some money. Definitely lost a friend in KS.
The process of getting myself adequately covered took a long time. I especially understood the seriousness of the matter after my bicycle accident. Through the process, I 'talked' to Lee Lee several times. Funny how she always prompted me to repeat after her. Yet she was ever-so patient with me. I don't blame her for all the trouble caused. It was all KS's fault.
I finally took the courage to break it off with her this morning. She was calm about it. Perhaps she saw it coming. It was a mutual break-up.
I'm sure Lee Lee will continue to be ever-so patient with all her clients. I've got my full confidence in that. After all, she's the automatic voice attendent from Great Eastern Life customer service.
You want her number? It's 1800 248 2888.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Who says they have got nothing better to do than to chant and do charity work?
Well these nuns really know how to enjoy! They are the San Antonio Spurs' biggest fans (considering that the Spurs seem to be relying on divine intervention).
The NBA Finals are here again! I remember watching slightly delayed telecasts on Channel 12 in the late 80s and early 90s. Yeah, that was when the Lakers still had Magic Johnson and Isiaiah Thomas was with the Pistons. The Finals always fall during the June school holidays.
I've seen the Spurs against the Pacers at Market Street Arena (since imploded... I took sequential slides of the implosion... shiok). That time the Twin Towers of Tim Duncan and 'The Admiral' David Robinson played against the likes of Reggie Miller and Company.
I'm still a fan of the Pacers since my Indy days.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Yep, that's my Mom standing by the pillar when she was twenty.
Long hair with dark-rimmed glasses.
So.... what are the odds you'll find your mom's picture in an antique shop?
Monday, June 04, 2007
Qingming Festival - This was taken in the columbarium where my grandparents' ashes are kept. I didn't know there were joss ticks to burn.
Friday, June 01, 2007
By the way, 2007 is the Centenary of World Scouting, so there'll be quite alot of countries issuing stamps for Scouting.
And now... to find ways of getting connected to stamp clubs all over the world.....