Move-In Martin

Move-In Martin!

Something that passengers who rely heavily on buses understand (or probably not). It irks me when people do not move in, or lean against those poles, when there are still people outside the bus, at the entrance, waiting to board.

Who is to blame?

Bus providers for not providing enough buses to cater for the “crowd”?

Government for trying to push for a 6.9mil population?

Or simply the passengers themselves for not putting in that little effort that helps to help themselves? How much does it cost you to move your feet for 50cm? Even a tiny 10cm matters when it comes to crowded buses. Only when the buses are truly fully packed that we as passengers, are able to convince the bus providers that they NEED to provide more buses.
You don’t want to be late, other people don’t want to be late either. From my few years of experience of taking buses to school / work (I don’t stay near any MRT station nor bus interchange, and I usually board the bus either at the last bus stop before it hits the expressway – BKE, or the first bus stop after the bus exits the expressway. Where in both directions, the buses are already packed with passengers.), if you don’t board the bus from the bus interchange (if you are lucky enough to stay near it!), chances are, you won’t be able to board the bus until the peak period is (almost) over and you will be late for school / work!

And why is that so? Because passengers on board are not moving in. A “crowded” bus is deemed to be crowded when the first half of the bus is packed like sardines. But when you take a closer look, the passengers at the second half of the bus generally have their little privacy zone of radius 30cm. Sounds illogical but this is a scene that I have seen many times – if you know the amount of time I spent travelling on buses everyday.

So my little plea to fellow passengers, please make the little effort of moving in. If you are too engrossed looking at the tiny screen of yours (i.e. handphones) to watch out for the crowd, at least try to make sure that you do not have a big gap between you and another passenger.

Buses are public transport, so let’s play a part in making bus journeys more enjoyable (or tolerable). For only then will your bus journeys be more tolerable (enjoyable)!

(This is a video produced by the Land Transport Authority, as a campaign to get passengers to move in. Weird as it seems, but it does bring the point across.)

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

52 weeks ago, I first stepped foot into my alma mater not as an alumni but as a staff.

6-May-2013 was a pretty memorable day, not only because I started work at a new place, but also because my bus broke down in the middle of the expressway! Imagine my horror back then when we were told to alight at the slip road of BKE-PIE. *horror faced* (An incident worth remembering as not everyone gets a chance to walk along the expressway with the traffic police blocking the traffic for you on a busy Monday morning during the rush hour :P)

Throughout the whole year, it felt like a dream. Everyday was like being on honeymoon. It never occurred to me that I would be able to contribute to my school in such a way! (Of course, you will need to minus off those days where you hear me complain about being in winterland.)

It had always been a dream to work in the education sector – my first dream job as a primary school kid was to become a teacher. (One of my gfs mentioned to me that my dreams are diversified and I have to say she is right! heehee) Despite not being in the academic team now, it is still wonderful to be able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone – doing things that I love with just 1 job. 🙂

So I have to say, I have fulfilled one of my (many) dreams. Achievement unlocked? 😀

There will definitely be more milestones to achieve, but to be able to keep the passion and love in the job is what makes one feel blessed. Nothing is more important than that.

To many more good years ahead! Happy 1 year anniversary! <3 <3


It has been a while since I last watched local productions. So when Lee Wei asked if I wanna watch this production, I jumped at once! And no regrets!

In my opinion, a good production is one that is able to pull your soul into the storyline. While watching the production tonight, I was drawn to tears for several scenes. Since I was seated quite far back (and couldn’t really see the expressions on the actors’ faces), it must be the plot (and of course the vocal expressions of the acting crew!) that drew me. I guess it is also partly because I could relate to some of those scenes.. They brought back memories. :'(

Those songs that were used, were mostly what I’d heard before. Imagine singing along during the production. heehee 😀

I might just watch it again in the next re-run!

Oh by the way, I saw 梁文福老师 up close! But was too shy to take a photo with him. *little fan girl scream*


Sharing a poem that was used in the production. Thought it’s interesting to share 🙂


Anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did

Women and men (both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed (but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then) they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men (both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain

E. E Cummings




The Hokkien custom and tradition

Chanced upon a new local tv variety series on Mio TV last week – “Are You Hokkien? 你是福建人吗?”. It talks about the customs and traditions of one of the dialect groups in Singapore – Hokkien.

Just as we were watching episode 6 today, mum’s friend pop by with a box of cake, red eggs and ang-gu-kueh for the full month of her grandson!

Pretty box!

Cake, red eggs & ang gu kueh!

How I know it’s grandson and not granddaughter? Because the ang-gu-kuehs are sharp-edged! That’s something I learnt from the show 😀

While it may not be the full fledged set as according to the hokkien tradition, it still feels more heartwarming as compared to receiving those full-month vouchers that we have been seeing these years.


星期一傍晚回到家的时候, 发现组屋楼下开了”档”。因为已经围起来了, 所以看不见过世者是谁。今天早上就跟妈妈聊了起来, 发现原来过世者是七楼的卖菜 auntie。

我愣了一下。几个星期前我还跟她聊过天呢! 看起来好好的, 怎么走得这么突然?!

卖菜auntie, 一路走好。


2-Jan holds a special meaning. All because of a blunder I made a year ago. 🙂

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014!

You know how everyone talked about how awesome / bad 2013 was.

No matter how 2013 had been for you readers, 2014 will be better!

Looking back, 2013 had been a happening year for me. I left my job of 6 years without a job. Took me 2 months to come to that decision, and boy am I so glad I chose to do it. The wisest decision in my work life!

Took the opportunity to take a break – a well deserved break if you know how many late nights in office I had been spending. Being out of job, thoughts went wild. Many ideas came to mind about how I can do businesses. While I didn’t take immediate action, plans were made with those goals in mind.

I was fortunate to be able to give tuition to several kids, allowing me to have some allowance without touching savings. The best thing that happened during this break, is that I actually learnt to save. Because you do not have a fixed income, you tend to be more careful about spending!

Was blessed to be able to land a job less than 2 months after I left the company. Otherwise I might have to 吃草. 7 months into the job, I still cannot believe that I am working here! It’s like a dream come true.

In year 2013, I fell in love again. The feeling of being able to walk out of the past has never felt this great. Never thought I will get to experience this feeling again. 所以特别珍惜 🙂 hello Lego, thank you for being part of my 2013. 无论结局是什么, 2013 had been great with you in it.

My wish for 2014? Resolutions are too old school ‘coz I can never follow them thru. 2 simple wishes for 2014 – no hiccups at work. And being able to flip the pages of this book till the end without it deciding to close upon me.

Simple wishes for the simple me.   因该不难吧?

Cerebral Palsy Day

02 October 2013 was Cerebral Palsy Day.

Being in Singapore, we are fortunate that most places are wheelchair friendly. Googled a few blog posts related to Cerebral Palsy and found out that in some countries, it is hard to find wheelchair accessible toilets.

In Singapore, our housing flats (most if not all) are equipped with lifts that stop at every floor. There’re alternative routes (be it slopes or lifts) near staircases – be it housing or shopping malls. There are wheelchair-friendly buses. What else can we ask for, when we live in a country that accepts everyone of us as her own?

But there are still places/amenities within Singapore that are not wheelchair friendly. Abled-bodies like us might not realise it, but these amenities do pose a fair bit of challenges to people who are not as fortunate as us and need to rely on wheelchairs to get around.

For example, non-wheelchair friendly buses. Yes I’m being a bit greedy here, since we do have wheelchair friendly buses. But these buses do not come in frequent intervals. Imagine you have to wait 30 minutes for your bus to arrive, only to realise you can’t board because it isn’t wheelchair friendly.

How nice it will be, if your wheelchair has a retractable board that you can control. Even if the bus isn’t wheelchair friendly, all you need to do is to extend the board and you can now board the bus! Would be nice(r) if it is solar powered!

Ok it’s just an idea. Wishful thinking. But that will definitely change the world (exaggerating but it’s true!) of the people who rely on wheelchairs to move around this island of ours.

Until now, you might be thinking, how on earth is this wheelchair thingy related to the title of the blog post.

If I may, let me explain (in summary) what Cerebral Palsy is.

Cerebral (brain) Palsy (lack of muscle control) is an inclusive term to describe a group of non-progressive disorders occurring in young children in which injury to the brain causes impairment of motor function. The degree of the disabilities ranges from extreme tightness or looseness of the body muscles, improper head, shoulder or hip control to speech impairment. Cerebral Palsy is not curable. This can occur during pregnancy, at birth, or in the early years of the child due to illness or injury to the brain.

– extracted from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore

So what happened is, Kah Whye, one of the students at CPAS actually came up with this idea of having the retractable board. I thought it is a pretty cool idea that I needed to write a blog post on it.

How can we help? Kah Whye has submitted his idea to the World Cerebral Palsy Day website. Apparently, the most voted idea will be given to inventors who will turn this dream into reality! If you have been agreeing with me that is a cool idea, and most beneficial, cast your vote!

On behalf of Kah Whye, I thank you in advance for your kind help. ^_^