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Posted on 16 December 2008 @ 3:05 am GMT+8

Couple of months ago, I visited Polar puffs & cakes at Bishan Junction 8 outlet to inquire about a job opening there for someone. Apparently they were hiring and I decided to check them out since I was shopping in the vicinity. One of the staff told me they required experience, ability to speak English, etc, etc. The pay was fairly low too (not going to state it here for flame prevention).

Today, I visited the place again to get some grub. I was interested in a particular chocolate cake and I asked a staff whether the cake is bitter or not. Oh damn… she was lost for words and gave the nervous look (with the moving lips and all). I had no other way to ask her that question so I ended up asking her a few more times, thinking that she might have some hearing problem :s. Another *Singaporean* staff took over and told me the cake is not bitter.

Now, I was kinda disgusted by the fact that such places are hiring people that do not have English knowledge critical to their business (the lady was a Chinese national, btw). I don’t mind if I have to talk to a much older person that speaks “market” language. I could get through that. But this was simply unacceptable.

Maybe they should train expat workers the critical words used in the business, like “sweet, sour, bitter” for food chains and “glossy, matt, odourless” for paint shops…



Posted on 16 December 2008 @ 3:04 am GMT+8

I just finished listening to Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT yearmix 2008. ASOT (A State of Trance) is Armin’s weekly radio show, featuring mixes of trance and progressive tracks from various producers and DJs. I always look forward to YearMixes, as it contains favorites of the whole year, all wrapped up in a special 2 hour show.

asot_yearmix2008
That’s 80 favorite tracks in 2 hours. Thus, an average of 1.5 mins is given for each track. The YearMix 2008 is simply awesome. There’s a lot of melodic tunes and the blending of tracks is done seamlessly. You can’t stop rocking your head throughout this 2CD compilation. Check out the official site here and click “read more” for track listing. You may get this compilation now in major stores or your favorite to**ent site :roll:



Posted on 11 December 2008 @ 3:03 am GMT+8

After some persuasion from my friend Joe, I finally got my account on Facebook. I’m pretty impressed by it’s features, especially adding widgets and stuffs. I also like the idea of having your own “wall”. The actions there are pretty dynamic. And to top it off, its way faster than Friendster. Anyways, feel free to add me on Facebook. Here’s my profile.



Posted on 11 December 2008 @ 3:03 am GMT+8

Allrighty!.. I’m having fun with my new found toy, the Xbox360. With a racing and soccer game free with it, I was itching for some FPS (first-person-shooter) game, which is my all-time favorite genre. I decided to hoot a well-received game, Left 4 Dead. In fact, I got 2 copies and got an overall $20 discount on an EA promotion. Passed 1 copy to Jalibhoy, and hoped for some multiplayer ass-whopin’.

left4dead
Pretty awesome game about zombies all over the place and 4 survivors killing them trying to stay alive. Think about the movie I am Legend, and you’ll know what I mean. I’m also particularly interested in co-op multiplayer mode, where I get to whop other zombies’ asses, instead of getting whopped by other real players :P

Being an FPS game, I’m finding it difficult to control using the gamepad. I was considering the following:

xfps_xbox
This device, XFPS 360 Pro, emulates mouse and keyboard inputs into Xbox360 gamepad signals. The reviews are somewhat mixed and I’m skeptical about getting one off eBay. Besides, spending more than 1/3 of my console price on this doesn’t make any sense. I am however getting more comfortable with the gamepad… Now.. what game shall I get next?



Posted on 8 December 2008 @ 3:01 am GMT+8

I would like to wish all my Muslim readers a very happy Hari Raya Eid al-Adha. I just came back home with lotsa MEAT! We’re gonna have a family barbecue today. Allrighty, time to get busy…

More info on this festival here.





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