Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why can't they give the change separately?

Frankie got it spot on. She complains on this post about why cashiers always balance the coins on top of the notes before giving it to you when they can give it to you separately. I have to admit I never really thought about it, till after I read that post.

But now I realise how annoying it is everytime it happens as well. Because I will always have this fear that the coins might slid off the bills, drop all over the floor and I end up looking like an clumsy oaf who can't even keep his change properly. And like she mentions, it's a real hassle when you have other things in your hands, then it becomes a real balancing act.

So if you ever worked as a cashier, why do you do that?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter Eggcident

Yup got into a pretty scary car accident earlier. Was sitting behind the driver which probably saved me from serious injury; the picture isn't really very clear (it was at night) but the left passenger side of the car is pretty much smashed in, the other car hit it at full speed. Luckily I got off with a only slight bump to the head and a cut on the lip.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

My Japan Trip ...

It was a pretty good experience. I went during the cherry blossom season, and it was really beautiful those trees; you don't really get to see things like that in Singapore. Only had one full day of sightseeing thanks to my work commitments, so I am hoping to go there again if possible.

10 Interesting facts about Tokyo (from my observations):

1. People there are huge on recycling, it's pretty cool, we could learn from them. They would actually go to the trouble of removing the plastic cover and straw on their paper cups and throw them in separate bins.

2. They return their plates and utensils after they are done in most eating places except highly priced establishments.

3. They queue up at the train stations while waiting for the trains to arrive.

4. Rubbish bins are hard to find in public areas yet it's really really clean.

5. In some of the small eateries they don't talk while eating. My colleagues and I went to this noodle place and were chatting pretty loudly during dinner, till we realized we were the only ones talking.

6. It's considered rude to use your mobile in trains and buses. Signs are present to put them on silent and use them minimally, and in addition they have courtesy seats where the use of mobiles are prohibited.

7. All the strip clubs and hostess bars in Roppongi district (which is known for its night life) were manned by black guys who would stand at the street and looked for foreigners to tout their clubs to. There was also this street market near Ginza where there were black guys standing at regular intervals along the market which was a little strange.

8. Their toilets are pretty cool, they have this electric seat warmer and this tube that extends on a touch of a button and sprays your ass after you are done. It was kinda weird at first but after a while it actually felt kinda nice.

9. Schoolgirls there wear really short skirts, even when it's freezing (5 - 10 degrees)

10. They have these 'love hotels', which are hotels designed for giving couples absolute privacy. They would have pictures at the lobby of the rooms, you simply select the room you want and select it by pushing a button and you will be given a card key for that room. When you are done loving, you simply insert the card into a slot near the room door and pay your money via a slot machine.

I tried out the roller coaster at Korakuen which scared the shit outta me, the only roller coasters I been on was those mini ones they had in local fun fairs. Yes I admit, I paced around for 1/2 hour before I finally got on it, but it had be raining rather heavily the night before and I was just concerned about my safety so I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of. Oh and I was lucky enough to be put on the front cart. But yeah it was a blast once it ended, I wanted to go again but it was pretty expensive (15 dollars for a ride that lasts less than a minute).

After that I went to Korakuen Park which has to be the most beautiful park I ever seen in my life, it was so tranquil and peaceful that I felt like I could just sit there for hours. I did spent close to two hours there and it was probably my favorite part of the trip.

Lastly I went to Ueno Park where they had a Cherry Blossom festival with boat rides for couples, street stalls that sell food and couples who would be having picnics by the lake. It was all really quite romantic, but I was alone. I tried to go on the boat ride, but the guy in charge stopped me, said something to his fellow colleagues manning the boats after which they all started pointing at me and laughing. Apparently the boat rides were only for couples, and they found it kinda funny that I would wanna go on it alone. I turned around and walked slowly, with their laughter still ringing in my ears, and for some reason I began to think about my buddy. It's funny how even when you are on holiday in another part of the world you can't help thinking about the people you care about the most.

These were the highlights of my trip. Oh and I met this really cute waitress while I was having dinner with a couple of colleagues at this 'Shabu Shabu' place. Shabu Shabu is like a Korean BBQ, but it only consists of raw beef which is very thinly cut so you only need to dip it in the broth for less than a minute before you eat it. Pretty delicious stuff.

Anyway there were obvious sparks between me and her throughout the entire dinner, especially when she lighted up the stove for the broth . I waited till the end of dinner before I asked her out over the weekend and maybe she could show me around. She started pondering for a rather long time before telling me she had to work over the weekend. It was rather unfortunate, I could tell that she really really wanted to go out with me if not for her work. She was probably contemplating abandoning her job to go out with me, which was why she took so long to reply. But I am gonna look her up the next time I go there.

Oh crap. I forgot her name.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday

Good Friday has always held a special significance for me, mostly because it is the only holiday that gurantees a long weekend every year. But also because it's kinda funny how people act on that day.

Yup, I remember how solemn and serious some of the church-goers would be during mass on that day, this was a long time ago when I didn't have a choice on whether I wanted to attend church. But I remember always finding the whole thing rather hilarious. The atmosphere would be like a funeral. I mean seriously, the guy died more than 2000 years ago. I would think people would have gotten over that grief by now.

But that's not the most ridiculous part. The guy is gonna rise up in a couple of days, everyone knows that. How sad can anyone be when you know for a fact that the person you are mourning for is gonna be back and perfectly fine on Sunday?

I don't know if they still do the solemn thing now though, haven't gone for over 10 years. Do they?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Back from Tokyo: Short Update

I had a pretty good time in Japan. Didn't have as much time as I wished I did, I managed to only get around 1 1/2 days of sightseeing thanks to work commitments. Stupid job, it's so annoying sometimes.

Will post a few pictures here of the places I visited soon so look out for that, just been busy catching up on work these past few days. But when I got back to Singapore I almost couldn't bear the horrid humidity here, it was a far cry from the cool dry weather I had experienced in Tokyo. I really have no idea how you people here bear with it, my hats off to you.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Talk about a jinx

Note to myself: Please REFRAIN from mentioning any overseas trip until I actually arrive at the destination.

Guess what? I lost my wallet earlier today. Yup the wallet with all my credit cards. The wallet with 1200 dollars in cash(S$700 in yen and S$500). Talk about super shitty luck. To lose my wallet the ONLY day (as far as I can remember) I carry with me more than 1k in cash in my wallet. Cancelled my trip already.

But I believe everything happens for a reason. So now I am kinda hoping that there will be like the hugest earthquake of all time in Toyko within the next week (when I am supposed to be there) that completely wipes out the entire city. Because if that happens at least it would at least be some sort of relief for losing that amount of money.

Crap just remembered something else. I also lost my new thai express card that entitles me to 20% discount on all meals. Now I am even more pissed.


Wallet was found with everything intact few hours ago. Some amazingly kind soul surrendered it to the police station nearest to my house. Just booked the later flight , will be flying off tonight. Now rushing like mad to prepare for the trip. Will update more later.