Archive for September, 2009

Words Do Speak….

Posted: September 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                               Stardate: 63242.6 (Sept 28, 2009)

Another category of Singapore lifestyle that I’m willing to share. Just couldn’t resist this common terms, after listening carefully to the things people say, and therefore to learn by the new expressions almost every day =)

I start off with some treats. Sure, we all love treats. Why wouldn’t we? Treats to the movies. For a meal, or a ride on a roller coaster. Sweets are treats, especially best for the children. And a cruise would be the ultimate treat for a romantic couple =)

Somehow (commonly), a treat usually involves the spending of money: “Come, let me treat you to this coffee house.” A good friend would say: “Let me treat you for lunch.” The Malays would say: “Let me belanja you.” Belanja means spend, and that’s probably how some people ended up getting away around to saying it in English: “Let me spend you.”

Clearly, I wouldn’t want to be spent. Would you?

LATER, WAIT, SUDDENLY

This trio of words seem profound nowadays to some of us locals here, that they introduce events consequential and that we seem to know exactly what’s going on. I have NO intention to put a bad sense of meaning into it, but to expressed the “usefulness” in what some people might have though about it.

Example of Later:
“I ask you first, scared later I make mistake.”

“I think you better asked him. If I asked him, later you thought I asked him the wrong question.”

“Don’t be late, later your mother gets angry.” (Notice the two differences?)

At a magic show, a little boy is heard telling his mother: “Mummy, later got magic, come out!”

Example of Wait:
“You spend so much money on that dress, wait your mother scolds you.”

Wait till you see. He surely gets it from me.”

“You asked so many questions, wait he thinks you’re interested.”

Example of Suddenly:
“If I go there, suddenly he comes here, we’ll never be able to meet each other.”

Despite being one of the Malays here, I didn’t know that we seem to have the perfect substitute for the word, which is sekali. Example: “I better stay home and wait for him. If I go to his house, sekali he comes here.”

Errrr……so which came first? Suddenly or Sekali?

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And lastly, as I venture to introduce another so-called popular vocab, I must first beg the ladies pardon. A good friend of mine who hate to express such “words” objects vehemently, because its vulgar. A foul expression even I myself do not encourage. But here, it is often heard in the company of men. Once, I happened to notice some dude glance around to make sure there are no women present before he shoots off a *beep*-up remark when things screw up. However, there are exceptions. Just recently, I was at McDonalds, treating myself a cheeseburger meal. Seated at the table next to mine was a group of four students, two boys and two girls. One of the two girls had remarked when the boys were saying something stupid: “Don’t talk cock!”

I beg your pardon, indeed….

Rooster

Selamat Hari Raya 09

Posted: September 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                               Stardate: 63228.9 (Sept 23, 2009)

Its already the fourth day of the Muslim festive month, Selamat Hari Raya and the celebration had started to kicks in pretty quick. No doubt like the same goes to those previous years that had gone by =) Infact, this is my first entry about the festive month, but I gonna make it short. Reason? Cause those cool photos I’ve posted will do the rest of the talking =D

The one month of fasting has ended. The broke of the dawn on last Sunday the 20th, to conduct prayers where we normally visit the Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore.

Selamat Hari Raya 09

We soon return home and were greeted with a delicious aroma from the kitchen, where my mother, grandma, with the help of my younger sister were preparing the food. That (common) wonderful smell had me to flew into the kitchen and my mouth starts to water =P And before I could even grab a chicken for my first bite, my mum denied it, and said: “Hei, not yet. The table have to be filled first.”

Selamat Hari Raya 09

And so, being a photographer for that day, check out the hours that were spend throughout the first day of the start of the festive month =)

Selamat Hari Raya 09

Food, cakes and beverages were refilled over and over as more guests arrived. Like as though there were no end to it. Even more came when my family returned back after visiting our relatives.

Still, we had the whole month to go! =)

Passion For Both

Posted: September 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                             Stardate: 63218.2 (Sept 19, 2009)

A few had asked me recently, how I managed to cope both of my passion? As member of the Singapore Star Trek fansite and Singapore Paranormal Investigator. Well, beats me. I guess I just have to go one way or another. Haha!

May seems tough. I mean, based on the question asked. But given the fact that both are the lifetime, besides being a passion, that I seems overwhelmed into can’t change the ways that I felt devoted into. I simply stated that this is what I always wanted. That the impossible can always be possible if you knew that you are up for it. Of course, down here, I will share from the start of the humble beginning. Long story anyway…=)


SINGAPORE STAR TREK FANSITE
Founder: James Lee

I fall in love with Star Trek ever since I’ve watched Star Trek: Voyager, which was the fourth version of the sci-fiction series to be released. Previously were Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation and The Original Series. There was even the animated series, which was based on the characters from the original series. It so happened right after I switched on the TV, and tune in to Hallmark Channel which was categories under Starhub cable. There, a magnificent starship was seen, gliding her way across the galaxy and to boldly go where no man has gone before. That was way back in 2002. And ever since then, I began to carry out some research about Star Trek.

Who’s the creator of this sci-fiction? Who is Captain James T.Kirk? Who is Captain Jean-Luc Picard and so fourth. Managed to view many of the past series, the ships that were seen, including the old movies. As I’ve watched, my knowledge grew. To be frank, I wasn’t much of a Star Trek “walking encyclopedia” like many of my senior members. I’m just happy to accept that I managed to learn the fundamental topics, especially like those “You-must-know” issues that were been elaborate. But I’m still learning more out of it =)

Then last year, 2008, I joined as a member of the Singapore Star Trek fansite by registering myself through its forum, where I get to know the rest of the members. And it was that time when the country held its first Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Convention to be held in Suntec City. I was therefore, been officially invited as the fansite were been given a booth there.

So I did. I really did. Telling myself to be more socialise than I ever be. Get to meet the founder himself, Mr James Lee who worked as an accountant, and who had directed me to where I can tailor-made a Starfleet uniform of my preferred choice. And within a month time, I had my own. Looks like my dream to own a Starfleet uniform came true after all =)

And it didn’t stop there, cause within months later, I had two more sets of uniforms. One, was been given by one of the members as the uniform couldn’t fit him anymore due to his change of weight over the years and that he also had done a lot of workout gym to gain some muscles. The other one, was based on the latest Star Trek movie. In addition, had a number of starships and props been brought from eBay, which James stated that it was the recommended choice for online shopping when it comes to Star Trek. Being a Star Trek fan in Singapore is tough, cause there’s hardly anything related to Star Trek that can be brought here. There are, few shops in town that sell the toys and other related merchandise. But it was still very limited, and usually you can’t get the things that you always wanted. So you had no other choice but to rely on Plan B.

Of course, including my collection of Do-It-Yourself Federation starship made out of recycle materials. Go Green! =D

I had never been this excited to be part of a fansite that shares the same passion that I adore. With it and all, I’ve managed to participate in tons of activities, mostly costume play, even gatherings, and the recent Chingay Parade 09 that we were officially invited to participate still runs in my head! It was unforgettable! Without the support from James and the senior members, I could have never made this far. And without the creator, the late Gene Roddenberry who had shown us the light, that not all science-fiction can remain sci-fiction, there will be no Star Trek. Live long Gene!


SINGAPORE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS (SPI)
Founder: Kenny Fong

Paranormal: That feeling of being hear seems overwhelmed, when it comes to being a thrill seeker. Don’t you think? Well, most of us did, and one couldn’t resist of bashing the way in when came across a dilapidated house, which some of us might considered it as haunted – cause by the looks of it. The excitement, without consequence, measured only when the encountered appeared. The shivers, the spine-chilling, the hairs stands at the back of your neck, heart started pounding, the mind spinning, all that eerie feeling just keeps you to wonder where and where exactly….

I’ve started to open up this chapter when I was only 12 years old. I remember I saw a thick book that describes about ghosts and some supernatural beings been left on my uncle’s desk. I assume the book belongs to his, though I wasn’t sure if he had some interest into paranormal. I began to flip through the pages. Somehow, I suddenly turn intrigued when there’s a few pages describing different kinds of supernatural beings that were recorded in those recent years. But to be honest with you, I wasn’t all that interested into paranormal at that time. Infact, I claimed that there’s no such thing as ghost. Unlike most, I do take in exceptions. That to me, there is no such thing as ghost – until I was convinced. And true enough, I was.

Before my encountered with the paranormal, I even done some exploring with some friends to this so-called “yellow house” because of its colour. I was in secondary one at that time, and sure was a thrill seeker back then! =D As far as I can remember, the house was a two storey building, and was located near to Bay Shore park which has an underpass that were linked to East Coast Park. It was completely abandoned. The house no longer stands; been demolished years ago to make way for a new residential estate.

My first encountered with the paranormal when I was in secondary 3, during an Outward Bound training program at Pulau Ubin. I was a student leader back then, and many of us had applied for it as we are keen for the challenges that awaits us. It was a five-day training program. More like a five-day mission to me. Haha! =D

It happened on the 3rd day. If I can remember correctly, it was somewhere at 3am. I had woke up for the loo. Once I’ve done, I came across my haunting evidence that lies before my very eyes. Within a distance, was a staircase heading up. And from up there, I witness as what I called it till now, a lady in white.

As many would figured, since she was draped in white, a female version of a vampire to the Malays, as Pontianak. But I knew for certain, it couldn’t be. Cause what I’ve seen, this ghost was bathed in white glow. She has white hair, but I couldn’t catch the look on her face. She seem to be illuminating, like a light bulb! I stood there, frozen in horror on my spot. I suddenly felt ice-cold, and my throat felt like as thought I was been chocked! I closed my eyes, thinking that it was my imagination. I count to 10….and opened my eyes.

She’s still there! Worse, she is now floating down the steps towards me. The fear in me had rise tremendously and I blast the hell out to my quarters!

Since then, I believe in the existence of the supernatural. And if you asked me whether did I encountered more, yes I did. Back then when I was a police trainee at the Old Police Academy as been enlisted for National Service. Those stories heard, the rumours that were spreading, that the Old Police Academy was deemed haunted. And most of the stories were true, as I personally encountered it myself, and same goes to the rest of my squadmates….

During my free time, I spend that few hours reading and understanding the different types of paranormal encounters through the internet. Interestingly, there’s also a study on cryptozoology which refers in the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or whose existence lacks physical support and which appeared in myths. Sightings of Bigfoot is one of them. In addition, I also watch haunting documentaries on TV, mainly from the Western side. Most Haunted, T.A.P.S, Ghost Caught On Tape, Haunting Evidence, just to list out a few. Watching them makes me wonder of what its like to be a ghost investigator. Those cool gadgets, really served up for the purpose for such a ghost hunt. Those thrill seekers really had ventured into the depths of the unknown. Spooky castles, you named it. Much of it were been anticipated, let alone seeking for real answers as to why, how and when. It will be a great experience to become one =)

I came to know about the SPI in 2006. But wasn’t that keen to register myself in the forum, since I was too busy serving in my National Service for the Singapore Police Force. Then, a year later, I registered. Though I had post several message there, I wasn’t that all active due to my work. Not until last year, early January. I was already a regular police officer after successfully signed on from my National Service. Things has started to settle down, and I eventually became a frequent user to the forum. Then one day, one of the SPI Agent send me a message, asking me whether am I free to join a group of them for a recce at night.

This is your chance! I had told myself. You are free on that day, and you might even want to ask them how to become an SPI Agent.

Then, it settle! Like how I did when first time meeting the Star Trek gang. Next newbie in the team! =)

And a month later, I was ranked as SPI Agent after submitting the application form to one of the agents. And so fourth, I had join them on few recces, investigations and taking part in the club’s popular phenomenon meant for paranormal enthusiasts, known as Spooky Walk.

From both sides, I was never been this happy to get along with such wonderful friends. Reminds me of how I mingle about with my c0lleagues actually. Hehe…=) Through the same passion and interest, I therefore have learn a lot from the activities that were been organized. I hope I myself can contribute more to the team, as much as I had learn.

So there you see, this is how I came to cope with my passion from both sides. Infact, throughout all those recent years, this is what I’ve always wanted. And hopefully, I can remained bounded with them as life goes on. You guys really cheer me up! =D

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 63198.9 (Sept 13th, 2009)

Yesterday (Sept 12th) had been a great night experience for another round of the Singapore Paranormal Investigator Spooky Walk. This one was a contribution in regards to the Hungry Ghost Month, and will be leading by SPI Advisor, Mr Desmond. The proposed itinerary for this event will take us to spooky cemeteries at night where elaborated hungry ghost cultural activities had taken place. And yes, and if I’m not mistaken, whenever comes to Desmond, there will be transport provided. Frankly speaking, among all the previous spooky walks I’ve been, this is my first time whereby there’s a transport been provided. Sweet! =)

Our meeting point was next to Lavender MRT. Those participating will have to be there to register at 1830hrs. Transport will be leaving at 1900hrs, as according to the time stated, and will end at 2300hrs.

Meeting point

Our first point will be at Bukit Brown Cemetery. The last time I’ve been there was during our Heritage Project. This 213 acre cemetery was also named as coffee hill, and if I’m not mistaken, it still remains as one of the oldest cemetery in Singapore.

Along the way, Desmond will relate the background of the cemetery, as well as some haunting stories to share. Interesting, really, and he dragged it all the way there =D

Nearly half an hour, we arrived there. The cemetery look different when darkness falls. There’s no street lights, and we have to trust the moonlight to aid in our visibility along the way. The surrounding were even larger than in daytime. Then, I held back. Was it just me, or I’m becoming to sound a little shaky. Cause I’m starting to feel like as though, other than the vision of plants and tombstones, there’s something……or perhaps someone, was staring at us, from behind those dark areas of the bushes. Imaginations can really run wild if you find it hard to control that amount of tension!

We came across this part of the cemetery where it contained some very ornate graves. Surprisingly, it was been guarded by two so-called “jagas” that wore in Sikh outfit. Must have been considered to be a “heavily protected” grave.

Photos taken along the way. (I really enjoyed arranged the photos this way. Hehe..)

Bukit Brown

Next, Desmond will take us to the top of a hill, where a larger grave was held. I went up there before together with few of our members who had volunteered for the heritage project. Indeed, the area encircling the place was large, and there’s a two tombs of the same kind, and was believed to be a couple.

Desmond explained more about the area before proceeding.

Bukit Brown

Uphill…

Bukit Brown

As granted by Desmond, we are free to take as many photos as we want. But to remained in the same group as a rule, cause we don’t want anyone to wander off and ended up gone missing in the end.

We spend there for about 10 to 15 minutes before we scale down the steep slope, and walked back to where we came from. While waiting for the bus, one of the SPI Agents began to demonstrate how those so-called orbs were formed. This is interesting, as what I know of that there are quite a number of possibility in how orbs will turned out to be. So we had that agent extinguished a spray of water from her water. You know, like a person happened to drink a cup of water, and at the same time, his or her friend happened to say something stupid or shocking, and the latter suddenly burst out all the liquid from the mouth upon hearing that. Another agent will capture a photo of it. And it turned out like one of those Big Splash thingy in Wild Wild Wet located at DownTown East….

Next try, the same agent will started to brush and sweep and kick some dirt from the ground. This one, as what I happen to found out, was a common experiment when comes to creating orbs. Well, the camera do catches some, and not to mention, the dancing part was great! =D Reminds me of Michael Jackson when he danced for this old song, “Billie Jean” Hehe…=D

We were soon back on the bus and headed for the western side of Singapore, where Chua Chu Kang cemetery was held. Heard there’s some rumours about this cemetery, and one of them I heard was where taxi drivers received their fare, which later turned out to be hell money! And I came to find out, there’s one particular stretch of road, whereby it divide the Muslim cemetery and the Chinese cemetery on both sides, and that taxi drivers will avoid using this road when driving at night! =0 And even, sightings of headless ghost wandering about in the heart of the cemetery. Find it hard to believe?

Anyway, it was a multicultural graveyard comprising of Muslim, Chinese, Christian and Indian. There’s a few other races as well, but can’t remember which. Both my great-grandfather and great-grandmother were buried here, and my family and myself normally paid their respect during the month of Hari Raya.

But before that, the bus will stop at a petrol kiosk where we can have a toilet break and to buy some snacks at the same time.

About 15 to 20 minutes, we boarded up the bus and off we go to our next point. Same thing, Desmond will share some insights about the cemetery and some spooky tales to get us freak out, even though he knew we are not. Hah! =D

We reached there….and what a surprised! There appeared to be some religious practice that lies infront of us. Obviously, its a contribution to the Hungry Ghost Month, but they happened to block the road where the bus was attempting to drive though. So we have no choice but to disembarked from the bus and walked up towards the hill, where Desmond will showed us a field of mini tombs, where babies, majority of them, whom sadly died due to various reasons, were buried.

Photos taken….

Chua Chu Kang

More photos taken as we explore deeper…

Chua Chu Kang

Next, was seemingly a special discovery. Those of whom were like me, will just go…WOW! Cause we had never entirely seen them before, and always thought they appeared to be in their usual shape and appearance. These tombs located are the heart of the Chinese cemetery were unique. Mainly dedicated to the deceased. They were design in a form of animals. There were the snake, toad and a lion sculpture. Seriously, I was intrigued by this rare discovery.

Photos taken….

Chua Chu Kang

For the lion, there are two of them, a male and a female. But were separated within a mile distance from each other. We managed to locate the male. But not the female. In the end, Desmond decided to abort the last finding, and that its good enough that we managed to find the Lion King. Same goes to the other two animals, which was the snake and the toad. Really had a hard time locate them within the darkness.

Lots and lots of pictures were taken, and we were soon back in the bus. If I can remember correctly, it was about 15 minutes before 2300hrs. Time moves really fast when we are enjoying ourselves as thrill seekers. Hehe…=)

Its time to call it a night. The bus will stop at Jurong MRT station, whereby those living within this side of the island will disembarked. The rest will headed back to Lavender MRT station, where I managed to catch the last train home =)

Well, I really had a great time experience this spooky walk, just like those past events. And was hoping for more to emerged =)


Ralliart Pit Warehouse Sale

Posted: September 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                           Stardate: 63179.4 (Sept 05th, 2009)

I came across an advertising article from yesterday’s newspaper (Sept 04th) that features a Ralliart Pit Warehouse Sale that offers up to 70% off merchandise and car accessories. And based on the article, it appears that the warehouse were promoting the offers for Mitsubishi Motors. Since I’m an avid fan of cars, especially sporty type, I couldn’t help but to drool upon seeing those cool Mitsubishi polo T-shirts and jackets that comes with an affordable discount prize. They do had bags, car care kit, trolley bags, all under the same category. Of course, for those who find themselves engineer in the web of upgrading their Mitsubishi would rather glued their eyes on the full body kit or dress-up parts. Does appeared kind of fancy. Hehe…=) Many of those accessories look cool, especially for those who own the Mitsubishi Lancer GLX. For me, I stick to the merchandise =D

I had my uncle and my brother accompany me there to the place. Never thought that the place was quite a distance away from where we lived. It was located at 241 Alexandra Road, and the store that sells the items was on the 2nd floor of Mitsubishi Motors. No doubt by its given name. This great deals lasted for three days, from yesterday Friday till tomorrow Sunday. I got my chance today and off we go down the road! =D

Not much of a crowd there. And the store was dimly lit. Not bad actually, cause there seem to have this special spotlight been illuminated at all corners of the store. Giving it a freshly look of car environment or….some sort like that…

And…Damn! I should have brought my camera if I knew there’s gonna be a row of Mitsubishi Lancer GLX on display outside the store. Wow! They drool those avid fans of Mitsubishi there by every minute! If you asked me, I’m not really into Mitsubishi. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m just interested into cars. Not only sports, but classic as well. Of course, I do had my favourites. Soon to come to own a Subaru Impreza! =D

Subaru Impreza

Soon got myself a T-shirt which cost $20 and a jacket which cost $30. Man! Can’t wait to wear them when the time comes for me to wear! Haha!

Jacket and T-shirt

Hate This Type!

Posted: September 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                            Stardate: 63168.6 (Sept 01st, 2009)

Damn!! I was so pissed off by this idiot when he sarcastically claimed that his job is better than mine!

So what! Its not like as though you own the world! Just because of a small matter and yet you composed it to a bigger problem! Its your fault! YOUR FAULT! for getting this matter out of hand, and yet you dare to find fault with me! If I didn’t followed the law, I would already slapped you in the face! I don’t care if my supervisor were to put up papers against me! I don’t care how badly I will be affected due to my duty as a law enforcement officer! Who are you to me!? Some big shot!? You think I give a damn!? With that disgusted attitude you are giving me!? Hei, you are lucky to know that I’m quite a patient man. But if the situation goes out of hand and that you had cross beyond my limit, I can be very nasty!

Seriously guys, whenever I ended up in this kind of situation, I can say that I really hate my job. I just don’t understand from some people nowadays! When we confront them just because they did something that we don’t really expect them to do it, they threatened to lodge a complain! And when we advise them regarding on their matter such and such, but they seem unsatisfied with it, they tend to complain! Oh yes, that idiot tend to complain against me!

Go ahead! Complain all you want! Its not like the first time that someone like you with a sick mind of a sadist would complained against me!

Its obvious isn’t it, by how some Singaporeans nowadays would go about their way when comes to venting out their anger in a manner that suits as their pastime category.

Its COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN and COMPLAIN!!!!!

I apologise if you notice how overwhelming I had turned out to be. Its still the month of Ramadan, and that I have to rely on patience and to let this matter rest. But you think its easy for someone like me after been encountered by some sadist who thinks that he’s No.1!?

Personally, I don’t really care how some people nowadays hate the cops. But I have a job to do. Its my job as a public servant! I apply for it, I got the job, and I’m opt for it! If you are being nice to me in the first place, this wouldn’t happened.

Really, sometimes I do wonder what these people will achieve for lodging a complain even for the slightest amount of things!