Thursday, 28 June 2012

TGIF, it's wonderful!

Photograph of the Marina Bay Sands taken from Esplanade Drive.

The essence is not about the quality of the photograph from my humble Samsung Galaxy Mini running on CM7, but the quality time spent with yt and 小tz strolling along Esplanade Drive, enjoying the scene, relaxing and having a good time on a Friday night.

Monday, 25 June 2012

More than words...

"Daddy, actually you will need to help me wash my towel later after I bathed. But then, because grandma just changed the towel, you don't need to wash it later. Oh man, I forget to take my clothes! Daddy, can you help me take my clothes later? I want the ABC t-shirt with any pants. Just any pants will do daddy. Go to my room, open the second cupboard door, second door daddy, not the first OK? You see daddy, I know how to bath myself. You don't need to help me at all… … …"

And you go on and on, and on, and on… … … . Oh, where is the off switch?

Well, I cannot blame you for that because I recalled something like this 5 years ago… … …

"小tz, daddy is not an expert, you know right? You must wait huh. Don't urine now OK? Let me finish changing your diaper then you urine OK? Daddy is not like mummy dear, I cannot change your diaper very fast… … …"

And I go on and on, and on, and on… … … All this time, your eyes were wide open staring at me. If you can speak then, will you be saying: "Daddy, where is your off switch?" Ha ha ha… Will you?

It really made my day receiving that father's day card from you. Thank you dear.

Daddy loves you.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

What is hardship?


Do you think a family with 2 teen children, one studying in a private art school without scholarship, earned a family income of $7,000, capable of employing 2 maids to look after one of their bed ridden parent, and staying in a HDB Maisonette to be living in hardship?

This seems to be what it is implied in the documentary I saw recently on our local television channel. In another documentary, a family with a wheelchair bounded father being look after by his 3 adult children, 2 working and 1 studying in our local university, seems to be struggling to cope with life that they don't even have the time to clean their cobweb filled house.

Watching both documentaries, I believed that the stories being told by the tearing and sad family members ought to be true and genuine. Well, at least from their perspective.

What I am concerned and worried is that the scenarios mentioned in both documentaries, were deemed to be well to-do years back when I was still studying in polytechnic. So it leads me into thinking if we have lowered our expectation in defining what hardship meant to us? In those days, studying in mainstream school instead of the private art school, helping to look after their bed ridden parent instead of engaging not 1 but 2 maids, working part time to support their
studies, and sleeping shorter hours to clean up the house are norms in household who are living in hardship.

Before I continue, this entry was written on 17 Jun 2012 and the documentaries I mentioned were viewed a few months ago. Yeah, the slow daddy always writes about history instead of current affairs, right? Well, I have the excuses to work and keep my cute little daughter
company ma. Right? ;P


Because I am not sure what would the standard be when you are able to read and understand this post. You might even think that daddy is such an unreasonable person with no compassion on the sufferings of others.

Having seen and known that others who fit into the description of those 2 families were called well to-do years back, it's kind of hard for me to accept that those situations are now being classified as families in hardship. It's not about the re-distribution of wealth among Singaporeans that people had been talking about recently. It's not about whether those 2 families require help. And it's definitely not about me trying to judge them with my life experiences and perspective.

It's about my concern that we seems to have slowly and noticeably lost of resilience nature, our ability to withstand hardship and the fighting spirit so much needed for survival.

Daddy can give you the best education I can afford, I can share my limited life experiences with you, and I can support you to the best of my ability when I am still around.

However, I cannot guarantee that I will always be there for you, as daddy can never out live you. I cannot accumulate enough wealth to ensure that you have a comfortable life and not worried about hardship. I cannot replace you in handling those stressful moments in your life. Most importantly, while I would wish to, I am no god to ensure that your life will be smooth sailing.

What I hoped is, by writing this post; you will understand the need to have a strong character, to be brave and to build the ability to fight the challenges in your life.

Your loving and cRazY dAdDy.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Having a 5 years old daughter, WIN!

The other day, while attempting to root my Samsung Galaxy Mini, it suffers a heart attack. Without a phone, I seek another friend's help to contact this friend who knows a skillful phone paramedic that I thought, might be able to do a CPR and revive it.  After giving the contact, with our history of Android versus iOS fight, he "swan-ed" (teased) and ask me to get a new iPhone.

So, after I successfully rooted my phone on my own, I used it to send him a sms then the conversation follows:

Me:       Na~ na na bu~ bu~.  ;p
Friend:  Change iPhone haha u will never regret. :p
Me:       Done. Now rooted and using android 4. ;p
Friend:  Samsung will give u continuously problem.
Me:       Nah.
Friend:  Boo. :p
Me:       Married man please behaves. Ha ha...
Friend:  Haha that goes the same to u hehe.
Me:       I can be childish because I have a 5 years old daughter. Have one then we say la.
Friend:  Rubbish haha.

I feel bad posting our conversation, but this is really awesome, isn't it? How can I not record it? Haha…

Feel great to have "new" phone running on CyanogenMod 7 RC5.7 with an Android 4 ICS Holo Theme and sound enhanced with DSP Manager. What's more, thanks to the new soft buttons, I effectively extended my phone live even with its failing hardware button.

Oh, to that friend of mine. Have a baby then we can have another round of conversation 5 years later, ok? Peace! ;P

Sunday, 10 June 2012

I am so going to LOVE my new exercise routine!

The Vivo City Drummer Boys!

Ah~ the start of my exercise routine every Sunday, once at 4.00pm and another time at 7.00pm, chasing after them all over Vivo City with 小tz.

Well, my daughter's favourite. She gets the fun and i get my exercise.

Monday, 4 June 2012

You, crazy daddy!

The first thing I heard when I saw my daughter yesterday was:

"Daddy, I saw your crazy daddy writing. You crazy daddy! Haha..."

She is talking about this blog and I just cannot hide my happiness knowing that she is starting to read it.

Thanks to grandma for introducing my blog and reading it with her. She likely may not be able to understand everything that I had written but it's a good start, anyway.

Can you see my BIG smiling face? :-D