Archive | January 2009

The results for the interview I went with the company that never sleeps?


“My ignorance and the lack of general knowledge led myself to



They emailed and yes, I’m dealing with the aftermath now.


Sailing away for a therapuetic holiday.

28 – 30th Jan

So cute.

My niece is freaking cute! I love her BIG eyes, long curled up lashes!



My Aunt is married to a Baba


I only just realized that my aunt married a Baba and so she decided to whip up some Peranakan delicacies this year instead of the usual steamboat.


The chef.


The food. Babi Ponteh, Kueh Pai Ti, Or Ni etc etc



Cam-Whoring: My Sister’s new found interest.

Ever since my sister got her new pink camera, she exhibits her innate talent. Cam-whoring and encouraging others to do the same.

Before the reunion dinner… we were not helping instead… we were busy cam-whoring…




My dysfunctional Dad


My Grandma and I



Hush Puppies surprised me once again



The probable reason for coming out with the above product?

(1)   Guys are lazy …

(2)   … thus they don’t wash them …

(3)   … Plus they are forgetful…

(4)   … so this prevents them from wearing it twice.


Note: Please do not ask me why I’m always at the Men’s ermm corner. 


Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe

This was long overdue. After the Little Nonya craze, we decided to go try some authentic Peranakan food to see if it’s really good.

Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe

470 North Bridge Road#01-02 North Bridge Commercial ComplexS(188735)

Tel: 63397745


A no frills eat-all-you-can buffet costing below $20. I am not one who usually fancy buffets because of its wide variety of substandard food.

But the food served at Chilli Padi was of fine quality made with love and effort. The food quality more than compensates the lack of variety.

The rattan furniture, “Rooster porcelain” bowl, black and white photographs of people dressed in Traditional Peranakan clothings seemingly brought us back to 19th century.  

Peranakan cuisine is a fusion of both the Straits Chinese and Malays.  My personal favourite? The Nonya Mee Siam which is vastly different from the ones we had. The spice fragrance and the slight sour-ish taste differ from the ones served by the local Malay communities. I don’t know how to verbalize the difference but you just know once you taste it.

I am not a fan of the renowned Nonya Kuehs but people who love tapiocas, coconuts and chewy pastries will love them.


Nonya Chap Chye, Ikan Sambal Tumis,  Curry Chicken, Babi Assa (Clockwise) 


Kueh Pai Ti, Chwee Kueh, Gado Gado, Pig Stomach Soup (Clockwise)


Nonya Laksa


Nonya Mee Siam


Nonya Kuehs

Ratings: 3.75 / 5



Shell Recruitment Day (2009)

Nerve wrecking. Mind draining. Day.

There are 4 parts to this assessment day from 9 to 5 pm.

(1)   Case Study: Given 1 hour to prepare for a 5 minutes case presentation followed by a 20 minutes Q&A.

(2)   Group Exercise: Discussion and testing of negotiation skills.

(3)   Business Scenario Interview: 15 minutes short scenario (case) preparation followed by 20 minutes Q&A.

(4)   Competence Based Interview: 20 minutes.

There were 8 candidates for this last and final round and they will notify us about the results in 24 hours.

Results: I failed the average required score. 1 out of 8 candidates got through.

Oh well, it’s a learning experience (acting positive).

IT SUCKS! (true feelings)

Save the economy. Make Vodka more affordable.

When the whole world is busy coming out with strategies to reduce the impact caused by the current financial turmoil.

What are the Russians doing to relieve their pain?

Make Russian Vodka more affordable through slashing the tax.  WOW.


MOSCOW – AMID a financial crisis that is cutting jobs and eroding growth, there is finally good news for Russians.

The head of the new state alcohol agency – gleefully dubbed the ‘Ministry for Vodka’ by the press – is advocating cutting taxes on vodka to make the country’s national tipple more accessible, the Izvestia daily reported.”

-The Straits Times


A Hectic Week and it ain’t over.

Some of my readers may be wondering why the lack of post these few days.

I’ll let you take a peek of my schedule and you’ll understand.


First lesson in Labour Law. I’m glad I took it.

Open book. (checked)

Interesting and useful (checked)

S/U-able (checked)

Interesting classmates. (Oh)

Year 1 and 2 ask way too many questions because 20 percent class participation is too high a stake to not speak. For the first time in a class, I barely speak less than 10 words in 3 hours.


Assessment Centre (almost full day). We were asked to prepare a 5 minutes presentation on a given topic a week ahead. Played some ball passing game. Had a group discussion.

But what surprised me most?

“How do you sell a radio to the deaf? Answer in 1 minute”

Don’t ask me how I fared. Cause I was shocked and my brain blanked out momentarily (4.17 seconds to be exact).


Morning: Trying to convince a dude from MOE that my secondary school’s alumni group is operating effectively, systematically and according to the school’s values. DUH.

Afternoon: Interview with “The Company that never sleeps” ’s  HR director.

One of the toughest interviews that I’ve ever been to and it lasted almost 1.5 hrs.

Try answering.

(1)   What’s the size of our economy? How much (in percentage) did manufacturing / import / export contribute to our economy?

(2)   What’s the political system / voting system like in Canada? What about in the United States?

(3)   What would you do if you are the Prime Minister? (answered) Ok, what else? (answered some more). Hmm. Anything else?

Conclusion: I need to read more and remember what I read.


A meeting with my thesis professor. Oh. Thesis. It was never good to start with.

Before I met her, she said. “Come prepared.”

When I met her, she said. “I thought I told you to come prepared.”

I need a huge brain; otherwise, I’ll need huge hands with a strong arm and a supernatural page flipping capability.

I need to be like Harry. Sponge-like Harry.


HAH. Just when you think it’s all over…


 Sharing with my juniors from NP on how my school rocks!


Briefing with the company “with a clam-like logo” for their full day assessment centre


Full day assessment centre


Interviewing with “clam-like logo” ’s competitor.


And on a daily basis, my thesis is haunting me. 

(Now, I am not supposed to blog for the upcoming week. Don’t ask why.)

Sigh, my ex-boss is on medical leave.

“Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence from Apple for health reasons. Tim Cook, the company’s chief operating officer, will take over, Apple announced.”


Steve, get well soon!



Away for a smashing “good” time at Batam. 

Interview Tips: Dress to Impress

A little birdie forwarded an email to me this afternoon. LOL. 

Hi xxx,

Happy New Year.

Was just having a chat with little birdie (who joined us at the end of last year) and we both agreed that xxx business students going for career interviews tend to dress too conservatively and look alike (you don’t want to be candidate number 1034 or was it 1043?). They should have a bit more colour in their dressing. The standard outfit of a white blouse/shirt with a blue/black suit may be safe but borders on the verge of being boring (oh no no no, you don’t want to bore your interviewer with what you wear before what you say). A dash of yellow, pink, beige shirt/blouse in a dark suit may have a greater impact.

Just our opinions.

In any case, we thought of dropping by to have lunch with you in the next few weeks to catch up and also discuss the possible implementation of an internship programme with xxx company.


 Note: Little birdie, maybe you should have a series / posting to educate the rest of my readers on how to dress to impress. 

I am not into Girls but fashion

serene says:
i like aleta
serene says:
evita is nice too
yirene says:
ok, evita is fine
serene says:
rebeca is nice too
yirene says:
i like lola
serene says:
i like cruz too
yirene says:
i like monica
serene says:
lola is nice too
yirene says:
i think the nicest is aleta already
serene says:
monica is nice, but i think it’s more party material
serene says:
i think aleta is the nicest too la
serene says:
but i’ve got no boobs

Amandina et al. is launching a new collection in The Scarlette at an exclusive Ettusais event. Go look at it and you’ll understand what my sister and I are ooo-ing and ahh-ing about.

I love Freebies!


Thank you Singnet.

An Honest Sharing from a Girl who went Myanmar


A girl. Went Myanmar.

Didn’t really feel like shitting there (because the toilet is stinky, dirty and simply  gross).

But then…

She got that URGE that night.

She had TO SHIT.

(Squatting over the shit-hole in the dark toilet)

Hmmmm…. Shiok…. Finally get to shit. Ahhh…..

(Feeling damn satisfied with the process of releasing toxic waste she will have a good night sleep that night. She even held a mini celebration to celebrate the end of her constipation by doing a little dance in her dorm. She must be really happy.)

The next morning…

She got a weird feeling on her butt.

The mosquitoes had a feast the previous night.


Can you imagine how delighted both my sister the girl and the mosquitoes feel that very faithful night? One from the comfort after the shitting process. The other during the ENTIRE shitting process.


I love Ice-cream Chefs!


520 East Coast Road #01-06 S(458965)
Tel: 64466355

It is just like Cold Stone, the one I had with Colin and Val in LA, where you select the flavors and mix-ins (Orea cookies, Tim Tams, Granola etc) and they will smash and mix it up on the chef’s rock.


I tried Mrs Smith (Chunky apple bits in granny smiths apple ice cream with a complimentary hint of cinnamon) with Granola and Rum The Raisins with Tim Tams. Awesome. Quality ice-cream blended with my favorite mix-ins for the added flavors and textures.

Ratings: 4 / 5 stars

Henderson Waves at Henderson Road


Henderson Waves

At 36 metres above Henderson Road, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It was built to connect the two hills of Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill.

The bridge has a unique wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel “ribs” that alternately rise over and under its deck. The curved “ribs” form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within.

Slats of yellow balau wood, an all-weather timber found in South-East Asia, are used in the decking. Look out for carvings on the slats marking the height you are at on various points along the bridge.

The wave-forms will be lit with attractive LED light from 7pm to 2am daily, giving the bridge an illuminative glow. (I didn’t know that!)

 Extracted from


Jason was bored. I forced him to clean up my room the previous day. He went shopping for groceries with my family that morning. He was extremely bored.

 He suggested Bukit Timah Hill, which probably involves primates (an army), mosquitoes and other bugs, I suggested The Henderson Wave instead.

 Henderson wave. Only saw 2 peaceful families of monkeys. Not a single mosquito. A view with minimum effort (200 – 300 steps).


The View


Happy Family


The Mystifying Lane


Playing with Lights

Was clearing shits in my room and found…


The number of tags denotes the number of networking sessions that I’ve attended in year 2008.

Sigh. Job hunting sucks.