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Brace yourself. This post is going to blow your mind away with its ultra lengthiness! (And it all fell within 24 hours)

The Great Exposé

It was a dark and cool Sunday night. The night when I got a break from my second Root Canal Treatment on one of my decayed molars. All the scrapping, drilling and prodding of my gums deeply etched in the depths of my mind. Truly, it was one kind of traumatising experience.

Though really, it goes to show how low my threshold of pain is. I am such a weakling.

Then it happened. As I was done with my routine nightly teeth-brushing, I peered into my mouth and gasped. The temporary filling on the on-treatment molar has been removed, leaving a shallow dent. I didn’t even know what was left exposed. God how I felt miserable for the entire night and following morning. Just when did the filling fall out?

Before I knew it, it was back to the dentist the following afternoon. Apparently, I must have chewed way above my chewing limit on the side of my on-treatment molar, causing the filling to fall off. That blows. That afternoon, I underwent a filling replacement surgery. All I recalled of it was seeing litres of sterile soultion (which smelt like bleach) being pumped into my tooth, as well as more scrapping and picking and prodding at it.

After that visit, it would be my third visit in a span of 5 days. (Note to self: Must love rubber gloves and clinical atmosphere… Must love rubber gloves and clinical atmosphere…)

Moral of the story: Go for regular tooth checkups. Whatever the cost, it beats paying hundreds or even thousands of bucks for an intensive treatment like mine. Dentistry is there for a reason!

Long Endurance Walks

The 12th day of October was the day of my second BBQ with my tutorial group. TA29 and another lot of crazies some Banking and Finance (BFS) students. Who said Accounting students don’t have a life?

I started my walk from Westmall, straight after my dental treatment. Thereafter I caught a 985 and changed to 31 at Kallang. Hello Parkway Parade! It’s the second time in a year that I’ve been to Marine Parade. Surely I know my way to East Coast Park from there… Right?

15 minutes later, I was by pit 28C. An uber far distance from Parkway Parade. Not too long before, I was walking doubly fast in the rumoured to be haunted underpass to the park. God how the sweeper in the tunnel must have stared me down like I’m some kind of loony tune. After all, there was a steady frequency of cyclists entering and exiting the underpass. Surely it cannot be that creepy. Again, evidence that I am a weakling through and through.

Back at the pit, everything was in full swing. With some of the boys setting the pit up and ready to grill. That time, I helped in loosening the mock crabsticks from its plastic wrapping and pretty much flipped a couple of processed food on the grill.

A smart move, considering how no one can blame me for food contamination (the processed food are already cooked beforehand). Plus, I was not cooking on the supposed dirty grill and was cooking on top of the sterile wire mesh propped atop the dirty grill.

Kiss the chef people. 😀

Anyhoo, I retired soon after by stuffing my face silly with cooked chicken fillets after chicken fillet plus some more processed food like frankfurters, otak and imitation crabsticks. Satay too.

That was not all. I even devoured skewers of marshmellows. Yes oh yes. BBQs with moi truly will only leave you penniless when I order you to purchase sacks of marshmellows for my devouring pleasure. You’d better pray I don’t demand for chocolate fondue.

However, I managed to smear my fluffy delights with butter, much to others’ aghast. After all, it was a little kooky and out-of-this-world to some. Can’t blame them. It’s a little on the wonky and acquired side. In short, not for the faint hearted and clogged arteries. If you’re curious to know how butter marshmellows taste like, it’s a salty and sweet combination. Creamy on all levels, packed with 400 calories. Beware.

The night ended with wild dancing (not me, some friend of mine by the name of Melvin Lee), food-throwing and the inevitable food wastages. Oh, there was some vodka mixing involved in the midst of the BBQ.

What can I say? We’re all in the formative years of alcohol fascination!

My night really ended on a trip home by the same way I got to Parkway Parade. What a night, what a night.

The Ugly Truth

zev and justin(From left to right) Zev, 26 and Justin, 30.

Sad to say, it’s not the movie I will be reviewing. It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been telling myself rather repetatively that I am never to watch predictable and cheezy chick flicks, ever ever again. All I permit myself to watch or read are those heart-warming and non-ritualistic self-sacrifical kinds. (Read: Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. Reserve it at the library for only $1.55 nett!)

What I meant was The Ugly Truth of the Amazing Race. What the fish paste and wonderboys. Zev and Justin have been eliminated from the race. Upon my mom breaking the news to me, I swore my interest in the reality programme wanned. To make matters worse, the deservingly eliminated team Maria and Tiffany came in 8th due the twist of fate.

THE AMAZING RACE 15(From left to right) Maria, 26 and Tiffany, 25. The two who should scram home to their Professional Poker playing holes.

Fate is too cruel an entity.

My support for Zev and Justin began in the first episode on the second leg of the race, where contestants were to round up flocks of ducks to a specific pen. It was a roadblock and Zev swooped right to the ducks to guided them smoothly to their pen. That was when Justin proclaimed Zev to be a “Duck Whisperer”. It was one of those endearing moments in the race where no yelling and all patience were involved. I mean, some teams truly polluted the air with their saliva and over-the-top screaming and frustration. Was it really necessary?!

In yesterday’s episode (third if I am not wrong), Zev and Justin were the first to arrive at the pit stop pad, only to be slapped with a potential elimination should they not uncover the Zev’s lost passport (along the route of that leg of the race) before the last team arrives. Also, owning a passport is a condition to continue in the race.

Unfortunately, the passport was never found and much hated Maria and Tiffany could comfortingly wipe sweat off their brows. They have been saved from being eliminated in the race… For the second time (first being in the first leg).

Now, I am stuck at which team to support. Brian and Ericka? Sam and Dan?

One thing’s for sure. Maria and Tiffany have to go, regardless of the 2 admirable Wasabi bombs Maria endured.

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I am really not making this up. This paper exists in Singapore. In fact, if you are a Ngee Ann student, you can head to OurSpace@72  to pick up a copy (it’s by the Booksharing shelves). Absolutely FREE! (Sounds good enough, right?)

Now the Paper is “Good” not because of the quality of the print or paper, but it’s content. Good Paper is a bi-lingual publishing (a work of volunteers) with truckloads of inspirational and heart-warming stories and articles. You won’t regret thumbing through those pages and getting your fingers blackened.

Surf on down to Good Paper online to download some goodness in a PDF file or note the listed locations to pick them up in hard copy.

A paper so Good it’s absolutely… FREE!

UPDATE: The paper is now available at the library of NP.

Just a mere 7 hours ago, it was reported that Boyzone member, Stephen Gately had died of unclear causes after a night out. Boy how my eyes grew as large as saucers when I heard the headlines of the evening news on Channel 5 yesterday.

I really hope it’s not an OD case. It might cause another Entertainment Tonight (ET) frenzy. Rouse an investigation too.

Nirvana inducing music, windchimes and bird tweets… Guess who? Maroon 5!

You’re pretty stoked right? Well, based on 2 latest trailers released by my favourite man-band, it seems like the boys has taken refuge in a quaint and idyllic lake house in Switzerland. All that to attain eternal muse for their new material, flying to CD retail space in 2010.

If that does not get you off your recliner, watch the 2 trailers below for a quick perk-me-up:


Trailer 1: Check out the final 5 seconds for a brilliant Dolby Surround Sound tribute. 😀


Trailer 2: Quick poll. Do you like Adam the very spiritual looking, gruffy Adam, or clean-shaven and Dorian-Gray-brooding Adam?

In any case, I hope M5 will step up from their usual pop-rock repertoire. After all, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long was a slight departure from radio-friendliness, what with pop-rock with a bite track, Wake Up Call. Infatuation also gave fans a sensual and rauchy experience (screaming NC-17), unlike This Love from Songs About Jane, which had a PG-13 feel to it.

All I am hoping that the songs will be inspired by the environment the man-band is surrounded by. Now that is something to be stoked about! 😀

They are 4 things which aggravate my pique in the media these days.

  1. Jackson family news (especially those from Jermaine Jackson)
  2. Ex-Miss-Singapore-World 2009 interviews/features
  3. Jon and Kate Gosselin drama
  4. The David Letterman Sex Scandal

For the first matter, it would help if the family appeared less in the media. Considering how fairly odd they are turning out to be (or always were). Following that is the Ris Low saga. As for Gosselin mess, Jon and Kate should consider speaking less to the media, much less tearing each other’s throat out openly. It’s really funny how Jon wants his kids out from under the camera lens when he is constantly attending exclusive interviews after exclusive interviews about his “internal affairs”. Not to mention allowing Entertainment Tonight cover the entire journey home to Cara and Mady’s birthday.

Contradiction, contradiction, contradiction. Nasty ain’t it?

Oh, for the Letterman Sex Scandal, can’t the tabloids leave him to settle his own matters? It’s just crazy how Entertainment Tonight dropped their MJ investigation and took on another one so soon. It was as if they were waiting for such juicy “crimes” to sprout from the entertainment industry. Oh wait. They are the tabloids, right?

Back to the Ris Low saga, seriously, the woman should put a lid on appearing in every media outlet possible. Is it not bad enough that she had to resign from her “deserved win” and confessing to every evil deed she intended to do/did in her life?

No… She has to return to the one media outlet, RazorTV, which created the video that made her the largest butt of the joke in the nation. Now Asiaone News has titled their latest article on her as “Stealing is fun: Ris Low“. Does she not see the severity of that?!

First was the “boomz”. Horrid pronounciation of several seemingly simple words like “red”. (Apparently she was using an American accent.) Then Singapore Idol and the Singtel Grid Girls Grand Finale picked up on the “boomz” jokes. So much so Channel 5 bore a special edit clip of the 3 judges as well as Nurul mocking her first RazorTV interview. Thereafter, she officially plucks the crown off her glorious head and proceeds to wage an accusatory verbal war with runner up, Claire Lee.

Before that, she admitted to be suffering from a Bipolar disorder.

Should I be taking her seriously for the actions following that?

Not quite. More dirty linen airing later, out hopped the brand new interview with RazorTV. Not only did she tackle the credit card fraud, but she dug deep on her recent “re-module” thanks to having “accidentally” leaving shredded pieces of paper in her pencil case. Also, she shed some light on her struggle with morality (on her credit card fraud).

Here’s a quote during her latest interview:

(On her credit card fraud)

“RL: Yeah, and there’s no limit, and it’s not yours… You don’t have to work… But somehow you have this thing going on inside like that you are guilty of something but you can’t tell what.

Razor: And can you tell what is it now?

RL: Yes… And after that, I realised that it’s wrong to steal actually. This is people’s hard-earned money and I shouldn’t be doing it at all.

Razor: I’m glad you learnt about it.”

With that, here’s a message to our ex-beauty queen:

Please stop appearing in the news, TV or internet. Everything you say or do is only going to make you out to be a larger fool than you already are. If you ever want to clear the air with any matters regarding yourself, go pay for proper training in handling the media. Seriously. RazorTV just made you look bad. Again.

If the King of Pop had a dying wish, I believed he would ask for minimal media coverage on his death and more importantly, his children.

Watching Latoya and Jermaine Jackson appear in a recent UK MOBO Awards not only felt uneasy, but it became a nuisance to me. For one, it made me question their intentions. Are they truly using the excuse of their late brother to gain more media attention? (Since they were always living in the shadows of their brother’s fame.) Secondly, why the sudden outpouring of love for MJ, in public, after his passing?

Yes, the UK MOBO Awards was presenting a Lifetime Achievement award to MJ and the duo was simply there to accept it on his behalf. However, was there really a need to throw another tribute? After all, the 2009 MTV VMA’s ended not too long ago. (2 weeks ago, to be exact.) I mean, the Janet tribute was spectacular and poignant enough (not to mention the 6 minute long speech by Madonna). Slotting another tribute so soon was premature and honestly, Latoya and Jermaine are not half as famous as Janet; so appearing in what seems to be a “powerhouse” tribute was an attempt to outdo their sister.

A feeble attempt and poorly played. Indeed.

Also, before the outburst of tributes performed by yours truly, the Jackson family, there were news coverage after news coverage about the Jackson family. First, it was the investigation into Michael’s death. Then there were those whodunit moments. After several buck passing later, the tussle over the care of the kids took over. First the “biological” mommy Debbie Rowe who wanted custody over the kids. Next the Katherine-Jackson-Debbie-Rowe-and-Janet-Jackson dispute. Who should take full custody over the kids? Seems like Michael clearly wanted his mom too. More media coverage ensued. Thereafter, those lost footages of Michael and his kids appeared. Oh, somewhere between the media circus, reports of Joe Jackson being kept out of the loop of Michael’s burial site and such surfaced.

Could the family be portrayed weirder than it already was?

That’s not the end just yet.

When we thought the worst and ridiculous news about his family came to a standstill, out popped Jermaine’s brillant proposal to host a grand tribute concert in Vienna. Unknowingly, his family showed utter disapproval and even tagged it a “Jermaine Jackson Show”. That’s not all. All that snubbing was done after he announced an impressive line-up of Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Natalie Cole and the likes.

Did I mention they gave him negative responses because of the “short notice”?

I’ll leave you readers to decide what’s in between the lines.

Eventually, the concert was cancelled and postponed to 2010. To London, this time. Throw in Mumbai too. Since it was reported 2 days ago that Jermaine wishes to host tribute concerts around the globe.

Why does Jermaine even bother to appear in the media these days?

Apparently, disparity is surfacing between the brothers. There hasn’t been any throat-grabbing and gut-twisting moments just yet, but surely there are having a verbal war going on. The war of the responses.

Lately, the brothers made news on Entertainment Tonight regarding a photoshoot for an upcoming reality program featuring none other than… Jackson 4. How noble, airing for the world to see how the family is dealing with Michael’s death. Let’s not forget brother Tito’s statement about the Vienna show, “We’re still mourning. Some time maybe in a year, a year and a half from now, it makes a little more sense for us to do something as a unit.

As a grieving family, would you not want the peace and quiet more than anything else?

So much for causing one media frenzy after another. It goes to show how little the family understood Michael and if they paid more attention to his actions, like him wrapping his children in scarfs or concealing their faces with masks, they would be able to see that the King of Pop wanted to live a life without media scruntiny.

… ‘Cause I’m cool as a breath mint.

That was completely random and out of range.

Moving on, I found this Glee promo while I was looking for a close-up of Patrick Gallagher on Youtube. Why? Simply because the man looked awfully familiar the first time I watched the pilot of Glee. All I could think was, “Where have I seen him before?”


Patrick appears after the 10 second mark. 😀

Right. Being a TV addict and serial couch potato, I always, very compliantly squeal with joy whenever I spot an actor who once played obscure roles on TV or in movies. To rephrase that uber long description, let’s just say these actors are what mainstream media call… Calefares. Though however obscure, these actors are noticed by avid TV addicts like me.

The reactions on seeing them again vary from TV addict to TV addict of course.

Now, Patrick Gallagher has made an appearance in True Blood Season 1 and 2 as Chow. You know, the new bartender slash Eric’s other sidekick (apart from Pam). If you don’t quite recall, fret not! Memory refreshment is only a play button away…


Chow’s first meeting with Bill. What with the Wii comment and all.

Wow, that was some ramble about an actor I barely know. There really isn’t anything else to elaborate on, so I’ll leave you to burn Patrick’s face into your brain. Engrave it if it works.
Not, Patrick McDreamy.

Just to clear the air.