yu-kym.blogspot.com Archives - 21 January 2012, Saturday

  • DBS should pay medical bills of customers who have resulting health conditions

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 14 Jan '12, 2pm

    A professor wrote in to the newspapers. He clarified that the money is not lost by the customers of DBS but by the bank. He wrote that it is not correct to say that the bank reimburses the customers; the losses incurred are the bank's losses not the customers' losses because the custo...

  • 34 days' rest with 7 days' leave in 2012: Last year we lost 2 half days, this year we'll lose another half day

    34 days' rest with 7 days' leave in 2012

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 08 Jan '12, 2am

    Last year we lost 2 half days, this year we'll lose another half day :(( 2011 Christmas eve was on Saturday, 2011 new year's eve was on Saturday and 2012 Lunar new year's eve is on Sunday. However, there are opportunities for long weekends in 2012 if you take leave. Get 34 days of res...

  • Magician money changers: If you've seen card tricks, you know that cards can "disappear" and "reappear" without

    Magician money changers

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 07 Jan '12, 8am

    If you've seen card tricks, you know that cards can "disappear" and "reappear" without you noticing. Money changers in Bali put those tricks to use with money. I went to a money changer that is just outside my hotel. Here's the picture of the money changer. I know it looks dodgy but a...

  • Bali is rich! 5-hour fireworks!

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 01 Jan '12, 4am

    I spent New Year's eve in Bali, Indonesia. I had a view of the fireworks display, that stretched from Kuta beach to Legion beach, from the corridor of my hotel. After a 15 minutes, I got tired of watching and went back to my room. It was impossible to get any sleep because the firewor...

  • Happy 2012!

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 31 Dec '11, 6pm

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  • Travel insurers aren't stupid

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 30 Dec '11, 6am

    I'm sure you know that the best way to get low prices for your holidays is to plan ahead and book early when there are promotions. Other than that, one other important thing to do is to buy travel insurance. You can get reimbursed should have to cancel your trip for certain reasons (l...

  • Comparison of online brokerage fees

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 27 Dec '11, 6am

    I am writing this post for my friend who asked me about brokerage fees for trading on the Singapore Exchange. Standard Chartered Singapore Terms & Conditions, FAQ Brokerage Fee for Online Transactions: 0.20% for standard customers (or 0.18% for priority customers). No minimum fee. Lim...

  • Tattoo-collecting could cost you your life

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 24 Dec '11, 3am

    I've met some divers who collect tattoos as souveniors in the countries they visit. They will proudly point to each tattoo on their body and tell you in which country they got it. Then there are people who enjoy collecting "friendship" tattoos. E.g. when they travel overseas together ...

  • 'Tis the season to stay home!: With the recent (almost daily) MRT delays and breakdown, many people avoided taki...

    'Tis the season to stay home!

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 23 Dec '11, 10am

    With the recent (almost daily) MRT delays and breakdown, many people avoided taking the train and travelled by bus or taxis instead. However, there are "flash" floods are Orchard area must leave you standed. Here's a picture of the situation outside the Singtel building at Somerset at...

  • Incorrect medical instructions: I usually sleep off my illness and eat food such as tumeric, garlic, chilli and

    Incorrect medical instructions

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 23 Dec '11, 5am

    I usually sleep off my illness and eat food such as tumeric, garlic, chilli and manuka honey to improve my health. But I had a holiday booked to Yogyakarta for Saturday. I had to get well fast! I went to see a doctor on Monday. I was diagnosed with the flu. I was given anti-biotics. I...

  • My $230.78 Stinktel Bill Shock: Stinkel is well-reputed for lack of system integration and proper record-keeping...

    My $230.78 Stinktel Bill Shock

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 19 Dec '11, 2pm

    Stinkel is well-reputed for lack of system integration and proper record-keeping, resulting overcharging and bill shocks. I'm a victim! I had deactivated my 3G service a long time ago (I didn't even want to receive MMS because I had to pay exhorbitant rates for it). Because of the 11 ...

  • Cash-flashing guys

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 19 Dec '11, 12pm

    How much cash do you carry with you? I carry no more than $70 on normal days. I'll put a $50 note when I have about $20 left. With credit cards, ATM cards and Ezi-link card, there's no reason for me to bring a stack of notes around, except if I'm going to buy electronics at Sim Lim or...

  • Hiring based on "connections" could be the ruin of companies

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 18 Dec '11, 5am

    While commuters were gasping for air in the dark, some fainted and had to go to the hospital for train service breakdown 3 times this week, SMRT chief executive Saw Phaik Hwa must have been enjoying her Christmas preparations at home or travelling in comfort in her limo. 3 times too m...

  • Digital dieting

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 12 Dec '11, 1pm

    I think i have been spending too much time using digital devices. At work, I use a computer/laptop. After work, I use my iPad. At home, I am either using my computer or iPad. When I travel overseas, I have my laptop with me while in transit. Having an internet connection is useful but...

  • SPG, CFM, CMI at Zoukout

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 12 Dec '11, 10am

    SPG's, CFM- and CMI-faces galore at Zoukout. People puking, wasted, peeing in the bushes. What's new? There were some pretty/sexy girls photographed there. I can understand why guys would pay $88 to see girls prancing around in their bikinis but surely the girls who paid to go there a...

  • Your body odour says it all

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 11 Dec '11, 3pm

    and the use of scent to determine suitable mating partners. A recent study has shown that: - people sweat gives off personality clues (such as whether they are anxious, outgoing or dominant, etc), - people are able to make judgments about other people based on how they smell. I've sme...

  • My magazine article: Michelin-Star Seduction

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 11 Dec '11, 1am

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  • You can be judged from your face

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 29 Nov '11, 1pm

    Why else would Facebook be so popular? I read a book on face-reading. The Chinese have practised face reading for decades (or centuries?). It seems you can guess a person's potential wealth, intelligence, health and relationship results from his/her face. Of course, we cannot draw con...

  • Not all ang mohs are gentlemanly

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 27 Nov '11, 2am

    I don't like paying 20 cents for wet tissue paper or a few dollars for peanuts at restaurants. Even if I'm not footing the bill, I wouldn't want to make a friend or date pay for those. The people I've met before would pay for them without complaining (nevermind what they're thinking)....

  • For: Smoke-free Singapore!

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 26 Nov '11, 1am

    Do you ever feel stressed at work and needing some fresh air? Sadly, there's no place for non-smokers to get "fresh air". All the outdoor areas with seats are smoking areas. If non-smokers like me want some fresh air, we'll have to find some place to stand and we'll be lucky to be sta...

  • I dated an ang moh and I felt...

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 25 Nov '11, 12pm

    one - I just needed a catchy title. It was just weekday lunch. I choose lunch because it feels non-committal and I can run back to work. You know I seldom worry about what people think of me. It's been a long time since I've felt this way... embarrassed! While I can overlook people's ...

  • Most Popular Passwords of 2011

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 23 Nov '11, 9pm

    It's pretty similar to results from previous years but that shouldn't really come as a surprise, right? It's not like the computer, keyboard, password and human brain were invented yesterday. We're not that much different year to year. The rankings were created by SplashData who gathe...

  • Mid Valley: 9-10 Nov 2011

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 19 Nov '11, 5am

    I'd been to Malaysia a number of times this year. Usually I would stay at Sunway Pyramid Tower Hotel near Shah Alam (where my client's office is) but this time it was fully booked. My colleague recommended Boulevard Hotel at MidValley Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya. I didn't want to s...

  • Jobless foreign workers better off than Singaporeans

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 13 Nov '11, 6am

    There was a report in the newspapers today about homeless Singaporeans so who sleep on the streets. I know this is true because I've seen families sleeping at public places. And there are also families who live in tents along the beach. A friend who works in an employment agency told ...

  • Goodbye 111111

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 11 Nov '11, 3pm

    While some people have taken the opportunity to tie the knot, 111111 has been uneventful for me. I spent my day commuting, working, have lunch with my colleagues, going to the pet shop, cleaning and washing. Nothing memorable. 111111 will never happen again. I am reminded of the imper...

  • Broken English or hidden meaning?

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 09 Nov '11, 12am

    At the check in counter at the airport, I asked whether I could move up to the earlier flight. She attendant said, "That flight is very full. It is better for you not to change flight." Either a flight is full or it is not. It can't be " very full". And what did she mean by it was "be...

  • Calorie-counting for weight-loss: My younger sister recommended me an app, Health Promotion Board's HPB Diet Tra...

    Calorie-counting for weight-loss

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 30 Oct '11, 3am

    My younger sister recommended me an app, Health Promotion Board's HPB Diet Tracker, to track your daily food intake. It's designed for Singapore so there's a list of local food to select from. I'm not a calorie-counter. I've never known how many calories there are in a certain type of...

  • Most business travellers are men: Why?

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 26 Oct '11, 12pm

    "Are you on holiday?" the guy seated beside me asked. Take-off was delayed although all passengers were on board early. There was a long queue for the run way. We were on an early Monday morning flight. "No, I'm travelling for work," I answered. The plane was filled with business trav...

  • Involuntary starvation sucks!

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 23 Oct '11, 12am

    Do you get grouchy or feel faint when you're hungry? I do. How about going hungry because of someone's error? On Singapore Airlines, the staff forgot to give me my food! Then they forgot to give me a drink! Am I that small? Maybe not that small in size but I'm just another small fry. ...

  • iOS5: If it ain't broke, don't fix it?: I was looking forward to upgrade my iPad to iOS5 because of the split ke...

    iOS5: If it ain't broke, don't fix it?

    yu-kym.blogspot.com 16 Oct '11, 4am

    I was looking forward to upgrade my iPad to iOS5 because of the split keyboard. I first saw the split keyboard on Win 8. Thank Steve, iOS 5 has it too. But was it going to be worth my time and effort to upgrade? So I googled the iOS5 features. The features are nifty (such as the notif...