Honest Swedish Army Commercial


Singapore Army recruitment might worked if they too show the truth.



The Last Train

Lynn, Amber and I took a day trip to Segamat, Malaysia on 30th June 2011 so that we could take the last train into Tanjong Pagar on our return trip. I had planned for this trip a few weeks back after coming to this page in Facebook.

Besides this train ride, my only other time on a train was in 2006 during my trip to Laos. As I was sitting at the door-way (picture above) watching the scenery goes by, my passion for train journey was renewed and told myself I could do this more often. Doing this means going to a train station and get tickets to nowhere in particular like what we were doing today. I have almost no idea what we were going to do in Segamat nor any knowledge of what we could do in Segamat besides that friends tell me durians.

The other things that occurred surprising to me is that besides my family and extended family who were taking this journey with me, there seems to be no regular people around us. I mean I work as a civil servant, Lynn is a IT, my ‘in-laws’ (yes we were traveling together) are office desk-jobs and in retail sales, all very regular. Here is a summary of the people I met in our carriage:

  1. Philip (tbc) of keropokman
    – a well-known blogger in Singapore
  2. Melissa of Youth Against Climate Change
    – representing Singapore Youth on Climate Change
  3. Caroline of blog.anothercaroline.com
    – a Central St Martins student specializing in graphic design
  4. Jun Yin of desarmer.tumblr.com
    – a Bachelor of Law grad with excellent photography skills
  5. Shawn of Roads Less Traveled – China
    – travel editor at Lonely Planet
  6. Ren of sonotlost.com
    – theatre actor, playright and animated street star

These are but a few of the people I met on the train and the others are no less superstars in their own right. Where are all the regular people?

More photos on my Flickr page:



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Date Night @ Kinki

It was a hectic 3 weeks since the new year but manage to squeeze in a date night with Lynn sans Amber. I abhor to think that our last date night was in Oct 2010 and decided that we should do this more often; at least once a month.

I scoured the internet for the latest mentions in eating place and found Kinki; a Japanese restaurant with manga wall art that looks interesting enough for a date night and made reservations.

Kinki is located at Customs House which houses several eating places like the Oyster Bar, Sabai (Thai), Procacci (Italian) and Nueva Cuba, a favourite after work drinking place of the financial district executives. Kinki itself takes up two levels with the restaurant on the 2nd floor and a bar with DJ console on the roof terrace.

A large fish mural specially created by celebrity tattoo artist Chris Garver of Miami Ink greets you upon stepping into Kinki. Also eye-catching are two manga wall art of a sumo wrestler and a blue astro girl. All these took a back seat though to the magnificent view of the Marina waterfront with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop.

Kinki serves traditional Japanese sashimis and sushis but their specialty is in their fusion makis and temakis. There is a hot section featuring items like the Pomegranate Miso Black Cod, Grilled Giant Prawns, Kurobuta Katsu, noodles and dons. Kinki also has an excellent drinks menu of champagne cocktails, vodka, sake martinis, and other sake-influenced cocktails.

Lynn and I tried some traditional sushis, a dragon maki, minced kurobuta katsu with apple curry sauce and seasonal vegetables as well as Kinki special seafood okonomiyaki. Being a traditional sushi type of guy, the traditional sushi here was below my expectations but the rest of the fusion food was excellent.


Although Kinki is not a place for serious Japanese food, I would recommend this place if you are looking for a night out with friends in a fun and party atmosphere, good cocktails and decent food for sharing.

More photos:

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay
#02-02 Customs House
Singapore 049323
Tel: +65 6533 3471

Heaven and Earth – Clean and Green Singapore 2011 Theme Song


This is much better than the YOG song.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 27 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 59 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 10th with 38 views. The most popular post that day was Truffs – The Chocolate Atelier.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were staff.tpjcian.net, facebook.com, amberchu.wordpress.com, linkvalidator.net, and fienchannel.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for petville, 8wire.org, petville on facebook, truffs, and how to stop live feed on facebook.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Truffs – The Chocolate Atelier June 2010


Fixing Facebook Live Feed October 2009
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Aiba Masaki’s Blood Type Experiment February 2010


PetVille December 2009


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