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PLACES TO GO DURING THIS HOLIDAYS November 30, 2009

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It the December holidays and ITS TIME TO DO THINGS THAT I CANT DO DURING THE SEMESTER. Don’t be a wuss and stay at home all days. Ring Moses up to check these places up.

GEYLANG

Walk along Geylang from Lorong 4 to Lorong 81. Geylang area is a mix of brothels, coffeeshops and restaurants. This famous Singapore Red Light District has been marked for human Pasar Malam since 1950’s. But the only red lights you will see are those at the traffic junctions. There are more hotels in Geylang than Orchard road and they are cheaper too. So if you feel tired in the office and need a two hour nap, you can check into these Geylang hotels that charge by the hour. After that, try and catch dirty old men in action with the Chinese ladies in the local coffee shops.

THE LAST KAMPUNG IN SINGAPORE

Visit the only kampong left in Singapore. You can find the place if you walk along Lorong Buangkok. It’s a very small stretch of old zinc roof houses left untouched by the changing times and probably the only place you cannot find HDB car park attendants.

MUSTAFA SHOPPING CENTRE

Go shopping at Mustafa Shopping Centre along Serangoon. They are open 24 hours. See if you can find travel suitcases for less than $20 and watches as low as $5. It’s only here that you can see shops selling Cross pens in a bundle. But check out the spice corner. Sorry, no spice girls around there, mostly mature male workers in sarongs. Mustafa has everything imaginable. It’s like a big mama store. I hope the Science Co-op from NUS  will someday be as big as them.

THIEVES MARKET

Go to the Flea Market at Sungei Road. Some people called it the Thieves Market because most of the things sold there are not bought by the merchants. You may be able to find your granny’s lost undergarment or ship’s spare parts there.

TANJONG PAGAR RAILWAY STATION

Take a train from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. You can go over to Malaysia and back within a day … But if you lose your way and passport, it’s within a year.

SIM LIM SQUARE

Visit Sim Lim Square and check out the latest laptops and hardware. Try comparing prices with all the shops, that should take you half a day. Then come up with a Sim Lim price list and be a kind soul and post it on the web. If you have time, walk over to Jalan Besar to enjoy a bowl of Sungei Road Laksa (with lots of cockles).

PULAU UBIN

Take a ferry (costs only $2) to Pulau Ubin and explore the island. (Yes, Ubin is part of Singapore.) Grab a Ubin map and then rent a bicycle or a worn out motocycle from the shops near the jetty. Try taking a taxi if you can find one, they can climb rough terrains better than jeeps. Explore some of the Malay kampungs and abandoned prawn farms. There are very few houses left on this island as most of the Ubin population have relocated to the main island. Best to carry insect repellent as those hungry mosquitos will detect the first human scent and will replenish their blood bank as much as they can. There are no Ubin resorts in this island but there is one Chek Jawa summer cottage for you to visit for free. If you really need chalets in Ubin, bring and build your own along the lagoon.

CHINATOWN

Grab your 20 mega pixel camera and head down to Chinatown …. ok, ok, 2 million pixel is just as good. Take some pictures of the old shops in Chinatown and their almost 90 degrees staircases. If you like taking pictures of elderly people, there are many sitting around the wet market doing nothing. But if you are into old people, then maybe you want to have mental health checked. Singapore’s Chinatown is very interesting for the tourists. This is where the Chinese immigrants first settled when they came over from China. Look out for the old warehouses if you can get close to the Singapore river. Coolies worked alongside the river during the 1900s. But the old charm of the original Chinatown is long gone. If you are looking for the slaughtering of bull frogs and chickens out in the open, there is none now. However if you still need to fulfill your sadistic cravings, you can still watch hawkers kill fresh fishes in the Telok Ayer wet market nearby.

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CHEESY August 1, 2009

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30th July 2009 marks the first time I tried to pick up a girl with really cheesy lines.

mo: hi whats your name?

ming: ming ming

mo: oh. im mo mo. i have a song for you.

ming: i know i know. *and she started singing*

mo: no no not this song. its. mo ming, wo jiu xi huan ni. shen shen de ai shang ni….

 

haha. best. this is so far the most creative way of knowing a girl!! here’s her 😛

 

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husbands and wives May 25, 2009

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I found this in someone else’s blog and thought its good to share. To Agnes, thank you (:

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My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, “Do you want to have sex?” “No,” she answered.

I then said, “Is that your final answer?” She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying “Yes.”

So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend.”

And that’s when the fight started….

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I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?”

It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation.
“Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said.

So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?”

And that’s when the fight started….

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Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, and slipped quietly into the garage.

I hooked up the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour.

The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.

I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, ‘The weather out there is terrible.’

My loving wife of 10 years replied, ‘Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?’

And that’s when the fight started….

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A man and a woman were asleep like two innocent babies.

Suddenly, at 3 o’clock in the morning, a loud noise came from outside.

The woman, bewildered, jumped up from the bed and yelled at the man ‘That must be my husband!’

So the man jumped out of the bed, scared and naked, and jumped out the window. He smashed himself on the ground, ran through a thorn bush and to his car as fast as he could go.

A few minutes later he returned and went up to the bedroom and screamed at the woman, ‘I AM your husband!’

The woman yelled back, ‘Yeah, then why were you running?’

And that’s when the fight started….

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I tried to talk my wife into buying a case of Miller Light for $14.95.

Instead, she bought a jar of cold cream for $7.95.

I told her the beer would make her look better at night than the cold cream.

And that’s when the fight started….

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A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.

She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, ‘I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.’

The husband replies, ‘Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.’

And that’s when the fight started….

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I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.

“I’ll have the strip steak, medium rare, please.”

He said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?””

“Nah, she can order for herself.”

And that’s when the fight started….

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My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asked, ‘Do you know her?’

‘Yes,’ I sighed, ‘She’s my old girlfriend.. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn’t been sober since.’

‘My God!’ said my wife, ‘who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?’

And that’s when the fight started….

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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security.
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver’s license to verify my age.

I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. The woman said, ‘Unbutton your shirt.’ So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, ‘That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me’ and she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.

She said, ‘You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.’

And that’s when the fight started….

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When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive… so, I took her to a gas station.

And that’s when the fight started….

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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.

She said, ‘I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 200 in about 3 seconds.’

I bought her a scale..

And that’s when the fight started….

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My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels.

She asked, ‘What’s on TV?’

I said, ‘Dust..’

And that’s when the fight started….

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bits of my life

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Life is a tune you just cannot seem to hum it right.

 

Saturday night was a guys’ night out. Max, Terence, Andy and Quelyn at Gotham Penthouse, then Butter Factory. Some alcohol and lots of dancing. No groping, no picking up of female strangers. Still lots of fun though. Somehow dancing with guys was more fun than dancing with girls. Somehow lately girls have been less attractive than guys! After clubbing we went over to Terence’s house. I have NEVER expected him to be so rich. Lives near Holland village with a house that looked so fabulous. Tall ceiling for the main hall, with the main focus on the chandelier. Marble floor and sculptures. Even the place smelt rich. Probably emitted from the 5 cars outside his house. 1 Lexus, 1 Mercedes, 1 BMW, 1 Ferrari and the other one I couldn’t recognise. For a moment I wished Terence were Moses and I, him. For lack of better things to do, we watched 200 pound beauty.

 

I think this part deserves a paragraph. If you have not watched this show, I encourage you to do so. Particularly if you are or were overweight. Being fat was a horrible affair. You walk a short distance and get a sweaty body. You feel insecure. You even sweat when talking to a pretty girl. A line was mentioned in the show that fat was NOT the issue, insecurity was. How apt. Even after winning 3 pageants, I still feel insecure. I may not be as fat as before, the insecurity remained. Like a ghost you cannot chase away, it eats away your life, threatening life worse than death.

 

So, we stayed up all night and ended our outing in a coffeeshop with breakfast and gossiping about Christianity. Terence is a History major and the four of us shared similar views on this particular religion. I continued the day in school as there was an open house for Science Faculty. Freshies came and go, but not many pretty faces. And this is my business because I have to scout for my next Science King and Queen, a job which appears fanciful but not that much fun if you are to MAKE them potential Kings and Queens. Anyway the open house gave me opportunities to chat with my Physics professors. Or rather, an opportunity for them to chat with me because I did not approach them. One hinted to me my grade for Quantum Mechanics and the other told me I am doing rather well as a Physics undergraduate. I had hoped to be the best before I came into NUS. That should be another post. I guess its time for whoever that is reading to take a break, smoke a cigarette, smoke a beer. Later.

 

Exploring Near Grounds May 22, 2009

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Know thyself, know thy enemy. A hundred victories is assured in the hundred battles engaged. And reconnaissance is the first step to knowing the enemy.

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Right outside Phuket Backpacker.

The land right outside consist of shophouses much like the street of Little India. I must emphasise, this is NOT the phuket beach most are acquainted with but Phuket TOWN. Being a town, most of the shops here sell commodities like traditional snacks, canned drinks, buddhist incense and groceries. One shocking discovery is that this town has already been INVADED BY 7-11!! Just this street we stayed in has TWO 7-11!! Another thing we noticed was that they do not believe in protection. What protection?

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Head protection.

Also, if you enjoy taking in deep breaths in the morning, DON’T. The air isn’t very very fresh.

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Even though I managed to make open sewers look very pretty.

We spent the first night exploring Patong Beach. Tourists beware. Things sold are highly superbly ultimately OVERPRICED. Don’t be shy and BARGAIN like an aunty. You’ll get some bargains.

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Bar by the beach!

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The slightly inland shophouses.

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 Squash by the sea?

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 One of the many bars some go to Patong for. Not for Physics majors though.

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 And Ronald takes on a different pose in Patong!

The first recce ended with all of us in Starbucks reading Men’s Health, Nora roberts and a book about a story of Death Lullaby. A relaxing holiday indeed. But what about the enemy? Have I even mention who the enemy is? Not yet. After our short escapade in Patong, we retired back to HQ and planned for the second day. The story continues in the next post. 

 

 

3 Men, 2 Different Nationalities, 1 Same Major, 1 Destination May 20, 2009

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Time was tight for us. There were still 8 days before the examination week for NUS ended and we must get to Phuket town before the rest of them catches up with us. First Lieutenant Lokender, Agent Luigi Laure and I barely made it for the jet. Armed with sun tan lotions, singlets and shorts, our journey began…

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To avoid getting unwanted attention, we hid our arms and dressed up as plain civilians.

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LTA Loke deep in thoughts about our operation in Phuket Town.

Being trained agents, we sneaked into Thailand borders undetected and arrived safely at our base – Phuket Backpacker.

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Our contact in Phuket town.

Our headquarter was right in the middle of Phuket Town. It was rumoured that the best place to hide was right underneath the nose of your adversaries and we did just that. As the higher authorities were very secretive about their compound, I only managed a few photographs.

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Severely guarded compound.

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Stairway to higher HQ.

 The journey shall be unfolded in the next post..

 

Everything that has a beginning has an end May 18, 2009

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That refers to semester 02 AY0809. And so, it is over. What a semester it had been. True, it had not been as depressing as the previous one (due to a certain individual from cambridge) there were still some hiccups aling the semester. I thought once I secured a 4.0, I would feel better. Instead, I was more afraid because I now have more to lose! What an brutal fact of life – the grey area between greed and aspiration.

ANYWAY, the semester is over and HOLIDAY has begun. No point brooding about it. (Shall do an evaluation later.) Back to holidays first. I’ve been to Phuket and KL with Loke and Luigi on week 1 and Redang with KE7 friends (Sarah, Geraldine, Hazel, Hiromi, Horomi’s boy, Pak Kin, Yong Shen and Ramen) on week 2. Week 2 was concluded by a fabulous birthday! It was a good thing I chose to be open-minded and spend it with my group of science friends! We went to starbucks (no beer!) after the free dinner at UCC and Jon and Fion and Weiyang got me CHA SHAO BAO as a birthday cake!! Truly surprising!! (Afterall, after you’ve lived for a few decades, nothing really surprises you anymore.) My science friends got me a bottle of Kahlua. Soooo sweet of them! And that was what I really wanted!! Happy Happy (:

2 weeks have passed and now its the third. Yesterday, the memory card for my a200 died for no reason so now I’ve to make the troublesome trip to wisma and look for help. Later!