H1N1 Patient Zero’s name published on TNP

With the first case of H1N1 in Singapore on Wed, many are curious on who brought it here.

I’m not curious about who it is, have not been searching online for any traces of the name. All I heard over the Chn8 News (plus a little bit of information on Plurk) was, the girl’s a SMU student who went New York for a study trip.

Until I saw DK’s entry. Here’s the link to the online TNP article if you’re curious enough.

I have no qualms about publishing the name of the girl, but I do not understand why TNP chose to publish it when the official press releases from MOH & SMU (as well as other media) do not have it? What’s the purpose in publishing her name? To put shame on her? But when she has requested for her identity kept secret?

Why can’t TNP respect people’s privacy?

And Sars happened so long ago, why bring it up 6 years down the road now? Sars Patient Zero is the main victim, do you think she felt good about bringing the virus (when it was still unknown) back and cost the lives of her close ones?

Stop being so childish, TNP! If you think you can gain (more) fame by being the FIRST to publish the name of H1N1 Patient Zero, bringing back memories of SARS, think again.

It’s time to be more matured in handling such news.

the morning when everything went wrong

*cough* Yes I reached office ONLY at 11am! woohoo~ (?) haha

Out of house at 9am (which was already later than my usual timing). Saw a jammed BKE from the doorstep (Yes I stay just at the BKE exit). Learning from my previous lesson (the one which I left house at 8am for a 9.30am staff meeting, saw traffic jam and took train but ended up reaching office only at 9.30am), I decided to stay with my normal routine and take bus (which usually takes 45mins, 1hr 15mins for such traffic jams). I was prepared to reach office probably by 10.30am.


Wrong choice.

Bus frequency was low. All were packed. And I had 2 bus services that can bring me to town. Service 960 came ONCE and was packed. Service 190 came several times but ALL were packed – blame the inconsiderate passengers who didn’t want to move in. ANGRY!

After waiting for 30mins, I was tempted to just take urgent AM leave. But colleague said, since already wake up already.. no point wasting the leave. Which was logical anyway..

Finally managed to squeeze on service 190 at 9.47am. *phew*

The jam was pretty much the normal traffic jam. Was out of BKE by 10.05am? A distance that normally takes 5mins.

But then.. there was still a jam! ALAMAK! I didn’t catch this news on the radio! Another accident on PIE before Eng Neo exit!

And so.. I reached the Concorde Hotel bus stop (the one before Plaza Singapura) only at 10.27am, need to change bus to reach office.

LED display says services 16 comes in 12min, service 14 13min. So I hopped over to the foodcourt beside the hotel to get coffee, and see whatever I can get (preparing to skip lunch hour). Not many stalls were opened yet, so I got coffee and a chicken pau. One uncle was busy preparing my coffee, so I self-serviced to the chicken pau from the steamer next to me. I told the uncle I took chicken pau. But hor.. another uncle walked over, used his HAND to take the pau OUT of the paperbag to check what pau I took. WTF!!!!!! HELLO UNCLE! BE MORE HYGENIC CAN?!?!?!??! THE TONG IS JUST BESIDE YOU!! WAH LAO!!

Already not in a good mood from the 2 traffic jams, this uncle just had to spoil my day.

Almost time for bus 16 to arrive.

SBS 836 G. You’re making it to the news SOON. I flagged the bus. (And I wasn’t the only one who wanted to take that service). Bus slowed down but DIDN’T STOP! WTF AGAIN?!?!?!
THERE WERE ONLY A FEW CATS ON THE BUS!!! (Literally translated from 小猫几只 which means there were only a few people on board, less than 10!)


Chill chill.. bus 14 is just behind..

Alighted at the suntec bus stop. While I was walking to Shaw Tower, felt something cool on my toe (something dropped on it). Looked down and saw.. a jelly-like squishy thingy! WTF for the THIRD time! EEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Didn’t know what it is, used tissue and wiped it off.

And so.. I reached office only at 11am.


Post edit: And oh.. the coffee SUCKS too! *sick*

Eiji & Eileen’s wedding

June – Nov 2000 : (Poly year 3 sem 1) Student Internship Programme
Was attached to this company together with Eiji. Classmates for a year at that point of time, but I’d long heard of his intelligence during year 1. And he really was (and still is I believe :p).

Somewhere during those months, being quite “arh” with him, I had updated news. That was when I knew he got attached to Eileen. All I was told, he got to know her online (through a mutual friend, which I later on realised that Eileen’s Drac’s poly-mate). Daily emailS were exchanged between the two of them then, during working hours (LOL).

1 year later, we graduated. Being the usual kay-poh that I’d always been, I started organising (a few) class gatherings. Eileen joined us on a few occassions? (I seriously can’t remember, coz the last gathering I organised was at least 6 years ago).

And we kind-of lost touch after that – I got busy with school and had no time to organise gatherings. But I was updated on Eiji from JK sometimes.

Fast forward to 6 Feb 2009

Received an email from Eiji, titled “My Wedding: Save This Date”. A few of us got together and asked “eh is it still the same girl?”. Sorry dude! That’s the problem when we’re not often in contact with one another! But the bride’s name sounded familiar.

10 May 2009 : The Wedding Day @ Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

It felt more like a course-gathering, seeing 2 tables of familiar faces (and another familiar face wearing the Navy uniform! “Hi Royston!” – a uni fren) :D. I was congratulating the couple during reception when the bride called out my name (that was when I realised “hey it’s the same girl!”), saying that she remembers me from the gatherings I organised. Wow.. Thanks gal! I am honoured!

Congratulations Eiji & Eileen! I hope the next time we meet, there’s good news from both of you!

And here’s the photo that we waited for quite a while after the dinner ended..

Eiji & Eileens wedding
Eiji & Eileen's wedding

Congratulations once again!

PS: I couldn’t find my name on the guest list. Yes, I definitely WAS INVITED. I have the invitation card! *facepalm*


Thanks to JK, I’m hooked to the song AGAIN! Can’t wait for Aug 29! Mayday concert! woohoo~

And will Cheer be coming to sing this song? I love her singing!!


作词:阿信 作曲:阿信

其实妳 是个心狠又手辣 的小偷
我的心 我的呼吸和名字 都偷走

你才是 绑架我的兇手 机车后座的我
吹着风 逃离了平庸

这星球 天天有五十亿人 在错过
多幸运 有妳一起看星星 在争寵
这一刻 不再问为什么
不再去猜测人和人 心和心 有什么不同

123 牵着手 456 抬起头
789 我们私奔到月球
那无忧的真空 那月色纯真的感动

当妳说 太聪明往往还是 会寂寞
我笑着 倾听孤单终结后 的静默
看月亮 像夜空的瞳孔
静静凝视你我 和我们扰攘的星球

靠近妳 怎么突然两个人 都词穷
让心跳 像是野火燎原般 的洶湧
这一刻 让命运也沉默
让腳尖划过天和天 地和地 缘分的宇宙

123 牵着手 456 抬起头
789 我们私奔到月球
那无忧的真空 那月色纯真的感动

123 牵着手 456 抬起头
789 我们私奔到月球
那无忧的真空 那月色纯真的感动

123 牵着手 456 抬起头
789 我们私奔到月球
那无忧的真空 那月色纯真的感动