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Give Me One Reason
Tracy Chapman & Eric Clapton

Saint 2.0

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
inspirations | 11:14 PM

I went to Ikea, Tampines branch, to get a dining table.
In the end, I ended up with more inspirations for the new pad.

What an ingenius hook for the pet leesh!

I'm thinking of putting this up somewhere in the house 
to create the illusion of a large space ...

I kind of like this industrial/ office approach to 
TV consoles and accompanying cabinets.

coffee tables?

Shelfing for the greens?

This vertical retro looking piece is superbly cool.
However, it comes with a rather exorbident price tag.

Master bedroom TV console?

Time to change the work chairs for these funky colours?

Reading lights?

Affordable and great looking table lamps.

This lighting feature made it to the final cut. In fact this was one piece
I had wanted to get for a long time.



Monday, September 29, 2008
Manic Monday #136 | 5:15 PM

What is the most useful gift you’ve ever been given?

This has to be my pull-up bar which my childhood buddies bought for my 16th birthday (I think). They had the intention to beef up my upper body strength so that I will pass the pull-up station of this fitness test conducted yearly in school. In fact, the pull-up bar is still at the threshold of my room (see below)!  Well, passing it was a "then" of course. 

Name the most terrifying moment of your life so far.

It was a car accident.  I ended up in a ditch and my windscreen caved in at the front passenger's side.  I was alright save for some bleeding from numerous scratches and the shock from realising that I would have killed someone if there was a passenger in the front with me.  The vehicle was totally wrecked and the passers-by who came by to help me told me I was fortunate to have survived.      

One hot summer afternoon, while walking through a parking lot at a large shopping center, you notice a dog suffering badly from the heat inside a locked car. What would you do?

I would break a window and rescue the dog of course!  But before leaving for the nearest vet, I would break the rest of the windows and scratch a note on the bonnet saying, "You deserve more for leaving your pet in the car unattended."  In reality, I would do just the former and perhaps release the gas from the tyres of course.  :)



Sunday, September 28, 2008
divide & conquer | 10:22 PM

My weekends are all about the new pad and shopping around for best deals for appliances and furniture. I swear I have never been so disciplined on any matter ever.  Haha.

So they say, in the beginning, there was the void 
and the "let-there-be-light" phenomenon. 

Perhaps it is just man's nature to subdue emptiness - 
to divide and conquer.  

Somewhere along the way, shit happens - 
like orange walls?

We work through our grey matter until the galaxy is formed 
(pssst - galaxy is the name of the grey). 

work in progress
naked cubic constellations 

Forget the F1 Night Race.  
I've got my own adrenalin rush.

It ain't over 
til I'm over Tuesday.   

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Saturday, September 27, 2008
I Love The Whole World | 11:14 PM

I believe you must have seen this on Discovery or on the cable channels.

Who does not love Discovery Channel?  Okay, some of you from Jupiter do.  I love you too regardless.  :)



Friday, September 26, 2008
view | 11:57 PM

My view of the world.

The view under shelter (Toa Payoh Central - my new estate in a week's time).

The view of the top 
(checking out the sky from the pool at my workplace).

The view beneath (strange that some people just love it).

Disclaimer :  No saint, clouds, lighting fixtures or child 
were harmed during the various shoots.

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childhood comfort | 11:41 PM

Have you ever had one of these moments in life when, chancing upon some food stall, you just had to order a particular food item which you have not eaten for a long time and that which reminds you of your childhood days?

When I was a kid, I would eat the following Indian dish, dosai, regularly for breakfast. 

Located just next door, I would bring over an egg and present it to the Indian cook at the stall to prepare my dosai.
My colleague reminded that the dosai tastes better with rock sugar.  That, too, was a favourite dressing (not sure of the correct word to use as I do not cook!) that I had long forgotten and which I just had to try again - in moderation of course.  

The vegetable curry and coconut paste - the standard dressing for the dosai. 

Yeah, I had rediscovered one of my long-lost comfort food. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2008
walnut stitches | 10:33 PM

Thursday Edition

The flooring for my new pad is FINALLY up!

Frankenstein stitches?

This way to the gastronomic chamber.

I'm so glad that I chose to bury the sickly looking parke (how do you spell that?) in the rooms and the ghastly marble in the living room under this great dark walnut design.  :P 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
just kids | 10:26 PM

After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, here's what I've decided : there's no such thing as a grown-up.

We move on. We move out. We move away from our families and form our own.  But the basic insecurities, the basic fears, and all those old wounds just grow up with us.  We get bigger, we get taller. We get older. But for the most part, we're still a bunch of kids running around the playground trying desperately to fit in.

I've heard that it's possible to grow up. I've just never met anyone who's actually done it.

Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tandrums when things don't go our way.  We whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark. We look for comfort where we can find it. And we hope against all logic, against all experience. Like children, we never give up hope.

Dr. Meredith Grey
Grey's Anatomy



Tuesday, September 23, 2008
pundit??? | 11:15 PM

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.

You're up on the latest news, and you have an interesting spin on things.

Of all the blogging types, you put the most thought and effort into your blog.

Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

What Kind of Blogger Are You?



Make It Mine | 11:10 PM

Jason Mraz



Monday, September 22, 2008
MM #135 | 11:46 PM

Pick out the most important item you have in your purse/wallet and tell me why it's important to you.

Right now, the tap card to my new pad is the most important item in my wallet because it gives me access to what is probably the most expensive possession I'll ever own (or rather, the bank still owns most of it!).  

What would you take from your house if you knew it would be flooded tomorrow?

My 2 backup storage which contains all my precious digital photographs, work-related documents and ripped audio files of most of my CDs (almost completed).  

If you were stuck in a room for an hour with a chalk board, what would you draw on it?

This is a tough one.   Basically I doodle a lot in classes that are really boring a long time ago.   Therefore, I will usual go free form.  Right now, I'll probably draw a scene of a beach with palm trees - a quiet one - on a sunny day with clear blue skies - just that perfect getaway I need now.



my monday blues | 11:30 PM

Why is the living room wall orange and not ****?

Why are the bedroom wall colours all wrong too?

Why is the study room lamp sitting on the floor collecting dust ?

So why do shadows appear?

Is it so that we can tell the light from the darkness in the hearts of man?

Whatever crossed their minds to put malamine in milk products?

Do we have to monitor 24/7 in order that we do not get ripped off?

Go figure this out.



Sunday, September 21, 2008
shifting shadows | 11:41 PM

Don't you love it when shadows creep up on you, tug at the heart and put a smile on your face?

3 Things I'm thankful for
* Jack Neo's Money Not Enough 2 movie which I had caught over the weekend - I'm reminded of the challenges of the elderly and family conflicts and that really spoke to me.

* Hooper for being so incredibly positive towards his 2-year NS stint over supper.  Your change in attitude towards life is inspiring!  

* My childhood pals, Winston, Elaine, Bernard and Danny, and my colleagues, Xinyuan, Guihe and Sujatha, for their support throughout this very challenging period.



Saturday, September 20, 2008
roads | 7:25 AM

Improvement makes straight roads; 
but the crooked roads without improvement
are roads of genius.
William Blake

quote discovered at Loose Leaves From A Commonplace



Friday, September 19, 2008
journey to the sun | 6:51 PM

Like Icarus*, without heed, we sometimes fly too close, too soon,
along that road which leads to our fiery doom.

*Escape from Crete
Icarus' father,
Daedalus, a talented craftsman, attempted to escape from his exile in Crete, where he and his son were imprisoned at the hands of King Minos, the king for whom he had built the Labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur. Daedalus, the master craftsman, was exiled because he gave Minos' Daughter, Ariadne, a clew of string in order to help Theseus survive the Labyrinth.

Daedalus fashioned a pair of wax wings for himself and his son. Before they took off from the island, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea. Overcome by the sublime feeling that flying gave him, Icarus soared through the sky joyfully, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted his wings. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so, Icarus fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.

Source : Greek Mythology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus_(mythology)

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malamine in your soup? | 3:51 AM

Honestly, I hope they find some melanine in shark's fin soup too so that people will stop this cruel treatment of sharks.

For Pete's sake,




reality bites 18.9.08 | 3:51 AM

18 Sep 2008
Performers dance with an athlete during the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Beijing. - AP

Manchester United's Owen Hargreaves (2ndR) challenges the referee (R) after teammate Ji-Sung Park (2ndL) was tackled inside the penalty box during their UEFA Champions League match against Villarreal. - AP

Referee Luis Medina Cantalejo (R) shows the yellow card to Arsenal's Bacary Sagna during the Champions League soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine. - AP

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Thursday, September 18, 2008
dusty | 4:53 PM

Thursday Edition

Spotted at ongoing renovations at my new pad.  



Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thankful | 5:44 PM

Tuition Results #10 Term 4 2008
English Preliminary Exam Results 2008

I'm truly thankful for my graduating students' Preliminary Examination results.

Isaac Cheong (S4Exp)
- C6 (55% - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> A1 - 76.6% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 5 grades
3rd highest in class of 43

Ng Tai Jun (S4Exp)
C5 (56.2% - MYE 2007) --> B3 - 67.2.0% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

Stanley Tiong (S4 Exp)
- E8 (44% - MYE 2007) --> B4 - 63.2% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 4 grades

Daryl Pung (S4 Exp)
- D7 (46% - MYE 2007) --> C5 - 59.5% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 2 grades

Atticus Yeo (S4 Exp)
- C6 (51.5% - MYE 2007) --> C5 - 55.7% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 1 grade

Isaac Choo (S4 Exp)
- C5/6 (2007) --> B3 - 66.6% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 2/3 grades

Sankar (5NA)
- D7 - 47.0% (FYE 2006) --> C5 - 58.1% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 2 grades

Paul Ng (5NA)
- D7 - 40.0% (Common Test, Term 3 2008) --> B4 - 64.9% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

Ameer (5NA)
- C6 (52.5 - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> B3 - 68.5% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 3 grades

- highest in class of 20
- 2nd highest in level

Aaron Ang (5NA)
- D7 (failed - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> A2 - 72.4% (PRELIM 2008)
- improved by 5 grades
- highest in class of 37
- top in level

Note : 
Some students scoring the weaker grades are dyslexic.  Without naming them, they have made great improvements, in my opinion, given their struggle with language!

If you need help with English or English Literature, do drop me an email at stanleyah@hotmail.com or call me at 93388547.



blue | 3:02 PM

my favourite time of the any day...

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