Friday, April 27, 2018

Book Review: Complete Notes from Singapore The Omnibus Edition by Neil Humphreys

When Neil Humphreys’s Notes from an Even Smaller Island was first published in 2001, it created quite a stir. I kept seeing the book everywhere I go, but I was not the least bit interested, because I thought “what can an ang moh tell me about Singapore that I don’t already know?”

Years passed by and after reading all the sad books such as In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom and When Breath Becomes Air, I needed something a little more lighthearted. Many people have commented that Neil Humphreys’s works are hilarious, so I decided to check them out for myself. 

I try not to buy physical books anymore, I like buying the Kindle version on Amazon and reading them on my Kindle app or my Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader. I have no choice but I couldn't find his Notes from an Even Smaller Island so I got the 3-in-1 version by the name of Complete Notes from Singapore The Omnibus Edition.

After reading all three books, I have declared myself a Neil Humphreys fan. He talks about topics which I have always thought to myself but never had the guts to say out. I am humbled that an ang moh who stays 10 years in Singapore knows more about Singapore than me who have stayed in Singapore for more than 20 years. I applaud Neil Humphreys for his keen sense of observation and humor, turning peculiar residents of Toa Payoh into endearing characters. 

I was sad that he was leaving Singapore but I know that he returned in 2012 and have since produced two more books, Return to a Sexy Island: Notes from New Singapore and Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from Old Singapore. Till then, I am going to look for that Sembawang Hot Spring. 

Friday, April 20, 2018





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Friday, April 06, 2018

Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell

I have seen 1984 by George Orwell be described as an example of English literature and classic many times but the title does not sound interesting at all, so I kept putting it off. One fine day, I told myself “you bought the book, you might as well read it” and I couldn’t put it down.

1984 is a dystopia (a community or society that is frightening or undesirable, an antonym to utopia) novel set in 1984 when most of the world population falls into one of the three superstates - Eurasia, Oceania and Eastasia - totalitarian states with the mottos: 

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength 

The ideology of the totalitarian states as described by the book “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism by Emmanuel Goldstein” is every bit the opposite of what I have been taught at school and in society, but many of the traits described reminds me of what I have read about communist countries, especially in Russia (which was known as Soviet Union back then), but this book takes it many steps further. Perhaps this was what communism was really about, except that no country has yet been able to manifest it fully before it was defeated, or perhaps George Orwell wrote this novel on the basis of communism. 

If you are looking for a novel that contradicts every belief you have ever believed in and make you grateful for the freedom to think, to speak, to act according to your own wishes, this is the book for you.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Review: The Four - The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google by Scott Galloway

I have always wondered why the most successful four companies of the twenty-first century - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google - have that the other billions or millions of start-ups don't. What gives them the competitive edge over other businesses? 

The Four by Scott Galloway has taught me that the reason these (he calls them) The Four Horsemen are able to penetrate and dominate the retail, smartphone, social and search sectors respectively, is because these four companies acts on our human instincts to acquire more stuff, acquire knowledge, be more god-like and have higher sex appeal and to connect with others. 

The Four has these common traits, which distinguishes them from the rest of the other companies: 
  1. Product differentiation 
  2. Visionary capital 
  3. Global reach
  4. Likability 
  5. Vertical integration
  6. Artificial intelligence 
  7. Accelerant 
  8. Geography 
Scott Galloway goes through The Four one by one, dissecting each company so that businesses from around the world can perhaps learn a thing or two and better their businesses.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Warehouse Club - Save More By Buying in Bulk

After my colleague got us each a packet of barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate on her recent trip to the US, I got so addicted to it. I went looking for it all around Singapore and someone wrote online that it is available at this Warehouse Club in Joo Koon. I went to this Warehouse Club and although I didn’t find barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate (I did find an alternative snacking chocolate there, read my last post to find out), I found Warehouse Club to be such a great place that I wanted to share with everyone. 

Warehouse Club is a members-only wholesale centre operated by FairPrice. The two-storey store at FairPrice Hub in Joo Koon offers more than 4000 products including groceries, fresh and frozen food, electronics, household goods and beauty products. Members can buy items in bulk at discounts up to 20 percent. 

You can get red and white wines at the Wine & Spirits corner where a bottle of wine averages $14.95 - $34 per bottle. 

Snacks and chips can be bought by the cartons to maximize your savings. Popchips Gluten Free Variety Pack costs $31.95 per carton, Austin Zoo Animal Cracker is $21.95 per carton and extra-large packets of Lays potato chips at $17.50 for 2 packets. 

Alpen Light Jaffa Cake is a great grab-and-go option for those who don’t have the time to have to have a proper breakfast in the morning, retailing at $13 per pack (5 bars). If you are more of a cereal person, you can get Cheerios for $14.95-$15.95 per box and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies at $9.95 per box. 

You can even bottled Starbucks coffee either individually or in sets of 15 bottles. 

There is an assortment of jams and peanut butter spreads, priced between $5.80 - $11.95 per bottle.  

Mayonnaise lovers will love these huge-ass 1.9 litter jars of Kirkland Signature Mayonnaise going at just $9.95 each. 

You can get fruit juice and fruit concentrates at $3.60 - $29.95 per bottle or per pack. 

You can even get Nescafe Dolce Gusto (Esspresso Intenso/Cappuccino/Mocha/Lungo) at just $21.50 each. 

This is where you can get cooking oils and rice. 

The fresh fruits and vegetables section is pretty limited but they are slightly cheaper than those found in NTUC FairPrice and Cold Storage.

You can stock up on your favorite ice-creams from Haagen Dazs Mini to Potong Durian Ice-Cream. 

Right next to the chillers that holds the ice-cream are chillers   filled with cakes - fruit cakes, cheesecakes, strawberry gateau, chocolate mousse. 

Adult milk formulas such as Enercal Plus, Regilail and Anlene are available in cartons. Supplementary drinks such as Dr Oatcare, Spirulina and Ensure can also be found here.

You can find all the common shampoo and body wash brands here - Head & Shoulders, Clear, Panteen, Sunsilk, Olive Essence, Dettol, Doce, Lifebuoy, Lux, Neutrogena Rainbath and Goat’s Milk Foaming Bath, all at a discounted price. 

Here are more toiletries, from face mask sheets to facial cleaner to sanitary pads.

Fashionistas and beauty queens will love the face mask sheets that come in packs of 10, which only costs $7.90 - $16.90 per pack.

You can also get liquid laundry detergents such as Breeze, Top and Walch. 

This row stocks toilet paper, boxed tissues and kitchen towel.

There are many brands of dishwashing detergent, the cheapest is only $2.90 per bottle. 

Baby diaper brands such as Merries and Dryers can be bought at just $20.95 and $37.35 for 3 packs respectively.

There is a section for adult diapers as well, look out for brands such as Tena and Dr. P. 

There is even a small section of cutleries where you can get spoon, fork, bowls, plates cups and many more.

Warehouse Club regularly holds special discounts, sometimes as much as 30 percent off.

Warehouse Club is currently running a One Year Membership Promotion where NTUC and FairPrice members and shareholders pay only $10 for 1 year while the public pay $20 for 1 year. This membership allows you to enjoy these benefits:
1. Great deals with multi-packs and value-packs
2. Earn LinkPoints with minimum purchase of $20 for Plus! Members
3. Unique brands such as Kirkland Signature 
Free delivery with minimum spending of $500 

Warehouse Club
Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle, FairPrice Hub Level 3, Singapore 629117
Opening Hours: Daily 9am - 10pm

Friday, March 16, 2018

欢乐颂 第一季和第二季









  • 在这个世界上除了自己,谁都没有义务让你高兴。
  • 做人真正经,自己最累;做人假正经,身边的人最累;做人没正经,但只要有本事,别人都会说你真性情。
  • 常与同好争高下,不共傻瓜论短长。
  • 每次谈恋爱都摆出天长地久的架势,不结婚就算失败,累不累啊。谈恋爱就是看对了眼,天雷勾地火。与其在那想东想西,不如上前亲一亲抱一抱,你才能知道自己心里最真实的感受。想的越多越错。喜欢就上,别犹豫,谈恋爱就是谈恋爱哪有那么多的约束。
  • 我这个小公司养不起闲人,工作做的好你就是菩萨,我保证好吃好喝的供着你,工作要做的不好,你就是每天晚上加班到十点,我也一样炒你。
  • 爱情来的太得快去得也快,只有猪肉卷是永恒的,决不能为了一个接触帅哥的机会而放弃挣钱。
  • 凡是能赚钱的,就不是小生意。
  • 怎么反抗父母?一个字,狠!
  • 这个世界上只有父母是天生欠儿女的,所以对于你不想做的事情,不能一直做顺民,一定要拿出壮士一去不复返的劲头来反抗父母的权威。