Sunday, November 19, 2006

Mr. Bean - Life's Simple Pleasures

I was so tired last night. I'll tell you why. Yesterday wass my first day of my first ever part-time work with the Mr. Bean - food and beverage company. We were early and took took several rounds of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) ride.

I'm not there to sell the food but instead, we toured shopping malls, asking people to vote Mr. Bean as the Singapore's Promising Brand Award. Once they have voted viaSMS, they will get a bag worth $8.80, and stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes worth $5,000.

Yesterday was a good one. We managed to empty the box of bags. Most of the voters wanted the blue bag. Once the bags were finished, we gave out coupons to subsequent voters worth $1.90. No big incidents happened except that before it really started I got a bad feeling about that, after sometime, it's gone.

Some of them are so-not-tech-savvy. Surprisingly, some of them don't even know how to SMS! So I felt really great teaching people on how to use the phone and some of their mobile were set in a native language that I don't understand so I had a hard time figuring out the whereabouts of the mobile. Some are English illiterate so, I has to pass them on to my colleague. Since then, my friend realized how important English is in this multi-racial society.

It feels like the mascot keeps on staring at us throughout the journey? The position of the mascot really made me feel watched and I felt awkward.

Anyway, if you wish to vote Mr. Bean as the Singapore's Most Promising Brand Award SMS: SPBA17NRICFULL NAME and send to 77877.

I ended work at about 6pm and we took train from Sembawang to Yishun. Then we took bus 39 and my Dad called me to meet him at Tampines Mall's Pizza Hut. Dear friend told me the bus stops at Tampines Interchange and I believed that. So I continued the bus ride until the junction near Ngee Ann Secondary School, it didn't turn but went straight! I panicked! So I alighted and called her and then I called my parents. I probably won't take 39 in the next few years. Heh!

My parents fetched me in front of the Tampines Community Club and the bought pizza so I ate greedily because I was so hungry. I finished everything! Then we went straight to my Dad's friend's house followed by Uncle Mazlan's house. We had a family meeting down there and I was sure I fell asleep because I sat right in front of the fan. I fell asleep and I woke up about 3am? I was darn tired and my mobile battery was running low! Should have brought my charger so that I can watch Mean Girls.

I started work at 5pm today till 9pm. This time there's no mascot and everything else so it's on our own now. I miss those times! It was sure darn fun and an unforgettable experience!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Higher Malay Eid Visiting 2006

Don't even bother talking to me. You make me feel like your spare tyre. Used only when you are in boredom while the time before you had fun and after which you came to me and tell me that you are bored. Obviously, next time onwards, you will not be entertained. You don't bother anyway. 

Today I went out visiting with my Higher Malay friends. We have a few weeks left before Eid ends. So, grab this chance to collect as much as possible. I was late this afternoon. I entered the toilet to take my shower at 1.45pm and came out from the toilet about an hour later. Thanks to their patience and oh God, one of us arrives at 2pm. That early? Heh.

We started late in the afternoon and we went to each and every one of our houses. It was really fun and joyful. Despite the fatigue, we really had fun. I am sorry if I hit you too much A! So here's the highlight.

Taxi drivers, can they make up their mind whether three or four passengers are allowed at the rear sit because I am so confused. Or at least, make up your mind if you want to take in passengers or not. This was what happened this evening.

After visiting Amirah's house in Tampines, we planned to go to my house. So we thought we should hire a taxi to save time.  All these while, the taxis we took accept four passengers in the rear sit. Somehow the last cab we wanted to take didn't allow that to happen. I was so puzzled. One had sat in front and there were three of us at the back and because there were eight of us, so, I tried hailing another one and they are like thinking who's going in. So I thought maybe we could squeeze another one while waiting. Just a thought. I asked the driver, "Can we fit in one more person at the rear seat?"

So I assumed he knows what I am talking about and then he said "What one more? No more can go in." and my other friend being puzzled said "Eh? All these while they allow four people to sit at the back and why not now?" and I said "Nevermind, we can just go ahead with just the three of us at the back" Suddenly the cab driver said "Eh, go take another taxi la!" I was like "It's okay, you can just drive now." and his next reply really pulled my last nerve.

"Eh. Go take another taxi lah. I want to go home. Go, go away!"  I was the last person who went out of the taxi and I slammed the door and waited for his reaction. He wind down his window and scolded some vulgarity and me being me, I ain't keeping quiet. He showed me his middle finger. And I shall not go on after this. He drove away. But I was satisfied because I spat out the last word before he drove off.

My  mum cooked for us but everyone was full then but they can't escape from eating! They're forced to eat or else they can't go home. Heh, kidding! It was the second last house anyway so, might as well have your supper at my house and have your breakfast at the last house. We really spent the wee hours of the new day at the last house. For what it's worth, it was a memorable Eid outing!

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Reunion Party 2006

Our party did not go as well as planned but still, we had fun. Once we reached the chalet, we went in and the girls slacked around while some others decorated the stage for our performance which is the day's surprise and prepared drinks for the guests. We had our last full dress practice and then guests started flocking in but they had to wait outside for a moment because we got a little problem inside that was yet to be settled. Thank you everyone for waiting outside patiently. But, those circumstances we faced won't happen if everyone were to work fast and ready for show. Sometimes, I don't understand why do we like to do last minute work even after being rushed.

The show started at about three. During our performance, we can't avoid doing mistakes and we can't afford to show people that we made those mistakes and of course, being professional, we did not go around laughing on our make shift stage for the wrong moves we made. I think it was a wonderful performance even though with the half-dead microphone and my scratchy voice. After the performance, the meals and snacks were out. Supposedly, we got some indoor games to play but seeing that some of them were out cycling and the others went to the arcade there and the others were busily chatting, it was cancelled and we moved on to the BBQ right away.

Here comes the drama. I can't believe At and Wani confessed that they don't know how to start the BBQ fire while the day before they said they could. How disappointing ladies! It was so funny when one of them said "Oh, I don't know how to start the fire. In guides, I we just learn how to march." Fair enough. At this age, we don't really learn in depth on the skills we picked up in to co-curricular activities.

Gratefully, finally one out of the many girls volunteered to start the fire. God bless her. Some of us are pretty much useless and disappointing. That night could have been better if I have gotten help from the girls, rather than having them sitting in the room for I-don't-know-what-reason. I understand most who came were my friends, but I would really appreciate greatly if I got help from my co-hosts, and not being calculative whose are whose. After all, we are hosting this - together. Some of you would probably think that I am self-centered but don't you need help when your hands are tad too full of the things that you need to do? Say, refilling the cocktail, topping up of ice, refueling the fire, maintaining cleanliness simultaneously and ensuring there's sufficient food?

Here was the original plan. After the performance, there should be a snack time. So we only provide some fries and chicken pop-corn and the meals are to be kept in the kitchen until after the games - which was cancelled on the day itself.  There was supposed to be a best-dressed award (because we love to see people dressed nicely to our party) but the award was supposed to be given at night during the dance. Then on at night, we were suppose to have a movie marathon but it ended up differently.

After the performance, we gave out the best-dressed present and after that, the meals, snack and drinks were out and the BBQ started. Got to admit the music played was pretty lame because, I'm pretty much outdated when it comes to the latest music chart. Bored with the songs, someone switched on the radio and listen to Perfect10. Soon after, they switched on the television and watched movies. I got to let it happen because the rest (co-hosts) were missing in action. It was really unnerving when one of the co-host came back and asked why did I let them (the guests) watch the television.

I must say, this year's party is better than last year's. There are several lessons I learnt from this event: Buy extra food for the next party because this year's party, we ran out of food and in the end, thanks to my mother who was the saving grace to our shortage of food, she bought KFC. I am not going to feel sorry for what happened but it was really a great experience.

Thanks those who contributed like my Higher Malay friends who called me to ask what help could they offer and what things should they buy. Thanks to the people who helped out with the BBQ, the ones who started the fire and the ones who kept the fire on. Thanks to those who helped out refilling the drinks and food, thanks to some of our parents who came and offered help. Thanks to those who brought stuffs initiatively, and thanks to everyone who came be it early or late, you people made it! I owe you people! Of course, thanks to the girls and Hafiz, you guys helped too! I appreciate it!