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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
1:08 am
who wants to fail IPPT with me?
@Maju camp, any Tue,Wed, Thurs 4.45pm or Sat 3.45pm

as in I plan to fail and walk the 2.4km and would like someone to chit-chat with..
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
11:25 am
1. my youtube is now working. as suddenly as it had stopped.

2. reading about how people in their 50s may be happy to have sex twice a week while teens can still be not worn out after the 3rd time that day made me think of my ex-classmate in JC. he said that he wanted to keep to the average of twice a week. at that time, burgeoning statistician that i was, i thought that was silly. you should keep to the average of your age group, not the entire population, right? (that is if you agree that u want to be average in the first place) hormones raging and all, i was utterly unconvinced that twice a week would at all suffice.  besides, if you want to be average, the average human being in the world is half-male and half-female. remember that.
Sunday, April 25th, 2010
7:19 pm
Advice needed: how terrible is teaching?
I know there may be lots of teachers out there. And I'm hoping that someone will give me advice. This is specific to teaching as an MOE teacher in Singapore. I have a degree in Stats and an honors degree in Econs from Berkeley.

I've been wanting to teach for a long time. But I've been dissuaded by many, and been told that becoming a MOE teacher is 90% admin 10% teaching. And I'm very very scared of long long boring meetings with lots of inflexible people and ideas. I've worked in ministries before and have had first hand experience. I actually have intentions to teach at Polys or private schools or tuition centres or whatever related to education. However, many of these institutions also very much prefer me to be NIE-trained.

1. Is it so terrible that I will not be able to take 1 year of study plus 3 years of bond?
2. should i consider paying the NIE-training with a student loan instead?
3. what are the consequences of breaking bond, financially and otherwise?

If it is not that bad, then:
4. how much control do I have of what I teach? should i be upfront about what i want?
5. I may want to teach English, which gives me more flexibility later (eg. teach English as a Second Language to non-native students in other countries) or Economics, which assures me a position in a JC (i.e. less disciplinary, more teaching, better taken care of etc) what do people think of these possibilities? should i think of more?
6. Related, should I try to get into a good school, and be more pampered? Regardless of the distance to home..

7. can people share what their workday is like, as a teacher. How bad the admin is etc. If you don't mind, I would totally like to talk to you over the phone.
Monday, April 19th, 2010
1:40 pm
my recent (in a macro way) encounters with choices/temptation/ DO THE RIGHT THING
1. read a behavioral economics book
2. chatted over coffee with a friend about choices/rationality
3. discussed a friend's recent troubles

i'm wondering if choices is such a good thing. Although I've always believed in it, but perhaps we also need to provide tools to people to LIMIT their choices simultaneously as we provide them the choices.

1. In behavioral economics, there is a now-thinking-about-future self and a now-thinking-about-now self. For example, you think it's really bad if you go out late tonight (maybe because you have something important the next morning) but by night time, you have changed your decision. Likewise, pregnant women often want to give birth naturally, but end up having a ceasarean during the actual painful process. 

2. In this book I read, the prof let the students either:
A. Turn in one assignment per month for 3 months. Penalty for late assignments. i.e. "Dictator"
B. Turn in all assignments at the end of 3 months. i.e. "Complete freedom"
C. Submit a schedule at the beginning of the term with penalty for late assignments. i.e. "Tool for self-restrain"
Guess what? In C, since you can put the schedule exactly like in B, as in just submit all the assignments at one go at the end, since you can always submit early, you should do just that. Why would people schedule it like the way it was scheduled in A? What's more interesting is that people who were in condition A did much better than B. Of those in C, those who used the tool did as well as those in A, whereas those who did not commit (i.e. B) ended up doing worse!
It seems that people at least KNOW they have a commitment issue, and who rather put penalties on themselves when given the chance, just to resist temptation/ do the right thing!

1. this has many public policy issues i can think of
2. this can have many real life applications, from staying away from situations that will result in you doing something you will regret (eg. unprotected sex, drink driving, a night out before that important appointment) to even giving yourself a penalty for not doing something that will benefit you (eg. bet with a friend that you will pay him $10 every time you miss your appointment with the doctor/dentist/gym instructor etc)
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
1:03 pm
A single man (film)
 me want watch. who want watch with me?
Monday, April 5th, 2010
4:31 am
mini town in malaysia
came back from a small town in malaysia in between Mersing and Kota Tinggi. It had maybe 100 houses, and lots of old people. Good cheap food too. I like it. reminded me of the time that my colleague told me he wanted to retire in a small town in malaysia. basically, they all speak chinese there (it was a chinese town) and the food is like an improved version of singapore's and much cheaper. if you're already not working, then why not? i think the only thing that could be lacking is healthcare..
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
9:14 pm
random pool event
While getting towels, ready for a swim downstairs.

Friend: 为什么你的这么大条,我的这么小条?
Me: 我怎么知道,去问你妈咯。。

Sunday, March 14th, 2010
6:28 am
first clubbing since back. met many. =)
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
2:39 am
new phone
yay! soon i'll be contactable again.

my 3 year old sony ericsson (which has now a battery life of about 30min on standby haha) has been replaced by a new and shiny LG GW620. 

ok i know i very stupid, but i don't know my own number.. but wait one week for starhub to port my old number from singtel and then call me ok? heh
Saturday, March 6th, 2010
2:17 pm
sorry on behalf of singtel
because their terribleness causes my reinstated singtel mobile number to have problems in sending sms-es (even though i receive them) and to have no caller id (that happened after i called them to tell them about my sms problem, which makes me think they are deliberately trying to f*** me up).

i am considering turning to other mobile companies. suggestions/warnings?

on a semi-related note, is getting an android phone going to hugely disadvantage me? (talk now, iphone people haha)
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
9:13 pm
How to live reasonably comfortably in Bangkok for 6 months (=26 weeks =180days)

Rent Place near the MRT (cheaper than BTS) that is close to city area for cheap transport and easy access. Bathroom, balcony. Aircon, fridge and TV. 4000 x 6 B24,000
Utilities Water and Electricity. Fan in the day, aircon at night. Didn't use the fridge and limited TV. 500 x 6 B3,000
Phone Bill I use a lot of this. Heh. Truemove inter sim calls to Singapore (and a bunch of other countries) for 1 baht/ minute. 400 x 6 B2,400
Internet Internet cafe near my place is 30B/2hr. I go 3 times a week. 90 x 26 B2,340
Laundry Huge load for 30B, weekly. 30 x 26 B780
Transport 20B each time, since I live near town, and maybe weekly further trips for 40B, plus buses. And occasional taxi for those drunken times. 400 x 26 B10,400
Food I eat less than this, but that is probably not so comfortable for most people.. heh. So I budget more for you. 30B- 40B for rice or noodles. McDonalds 120B per meal. Water 10B per bottle. Other drinks 20B. 200 x 180 B36,000

Education Highly recommend UTL at Asoke. Actually 3 months and most people can speak Thai, from nothing. But 4 months for the visa. Near both BTS and MRT. 3 hours Mon – Fri. 6200 x 4 B24,800
Visa The Thai government needs your donation every 3 months 1900 x 2 B3,800
ATM card Opening a bangkok bank account is super convenient. Great investment, better than holding on to cash 300 x 1 B300

Massage I make up for eating less by going to massages more. Healthland spa package of 10 aroma is at 6500B (1.5hrs x 10). Tips average 150B. Cheap Thai massage near my school is 100B each time, plus 100B tip. (6500 + 150 x 10) + (100 x 15 + 100 x 15) B11,000
Entertainment Seems little. But I got sick of all the bars, clubs, shows after a while. So I go less. And then movies and other stuff. Almost like what I do in Singapore, but different 400 x 26 B10,400
Shopping I hardly buy clothes. But other people may buy more. But then how much can you carry back? Also includes books and magazines I bought to read. 5000 x 1 B5,000


Grand Tot Ooh.
SGD At a rate of 23 (even though I got close to 24 when I made the exchange)
Sunday, February 14th, 2010
3:08 pm
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
10:16 pm
think i'm running out of money and don't have a job and going back to singapore soon. blah. and comments are late because i haven't been online for a while heh. that's it. don't write too long, otherwise kevinexx won't read haha
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
9:56 pm
at coffee world. so long never use net also dunno what to post. been reading everyone's post and all
Monday, December 7th, 2009
5:42 pm
enjoying life and not worrying is worrying
plus the moolahs are dwindling. i need to party less hard.

i also had a dream about zoey tay, which is totally random, coz i'm not a fan or anything. in my dream, she's a chemistry professor at chuala. i'm starting to wonder if it's a sign i should go study and get an econs phd so i can teach in bangkok at a uni and lead a sabaai sabaai life for the rest of eternity. haha. it's just a dream though. heh

P.S. my friends here all say they miss fildoo . i feel unpopular, relatively
Monday, October 26th, 2009
8:32 pm
harboring hope can lead to disappointment
i went for an interview while i was in singapore 2 weeks ago, and it was a nice small consultancy. i really liked the work environment and all. they told me i was 1 of 4 left. but alas, got the rejection today. i hope that it has got nothing to do with the fact that they wanted to see my (gay themed) thesis.

anyway, more job hunting. sian...
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
2:27 pm
living conditions
so i'm now sitting at the stairway typing on my laptop...

due to inavailabilities, i get this slightly more ex room. it's on the 4th floor (penthouse!), has its own bathroom and the aircon is super blasting. all very nice, except that the router is on the 1st floor, and hence i get super limited wireless. sigh. you can't have it all. am waiting for one of the 2nd or 3rd floor cheap rooms to vacant... i think i'll rather the room be hotter and to share the bathroom than have no internet.. cannot even view scandalous things on the net now.. :(
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
1:46 am
blah number x
i must have had a billion entries titled blah (with my lack of creativity), hence the x.

went out with my classmate, listened to stories of his crazy life.

myself. i've been doing ok. meet this guy on the bts, and went out with him a few times. he doesn't speak english. i don't even know how we communicate.

also thinking about what the hell i'm doing here. i guess it doesn't matter where i am eh? i'm always thinking about what the hell i'm doing. i really need to find something to do that i won't think about what the hell i'm doing.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
6:14 pm
so i've decided a few things:

1. to continue staying at the guesthouse indefinitely
till i find something better than 6000baht/month, which is almost impossible (i also made this decision because i finally got internet! they finally fixed it hahaha). There are apartments which are slightly cheaper, but i would have to pay for water and electricity and internet, which makes it more expensive. There's this place in Lad Prao for 3500 only. but it's not convenient, i got to take a motorcycle taxi out, and then take the mrt. by the time i add 1000 more for utilities and 500 more for internet and then another 1000 extra for transport, it's already not worth it.

2. to continue studying thai at UTL because i just paid for 4 months of school today. which also means i get a visa to be here until next April. but i need to go back to singapore to get my visa done. so i think i'll be back for like 5 days somewhere mid october. this also has all kinds of consequences, which i've decided not to think about much any more.

3. to be super broke haha. see number 1 and 2 to figure outi why. in sing dollars i just spent almost $2000 already. i think i will need another $7000 or so to get thru' till April, at least. which means that if i have no work once i finish my stint here, er... i also dunno what i'm going to do.. ah hahaha. die liao, this time. really no savings liao. i think i've gone mad. but oh well.

this also means that when you come to bangkok, (yes you), we can hang out! but i won't be able to spend too much money. if you're cheap like me, you can also come sleep here in my room (coz i have 2 beds) and we just need to give them 260baht in total, which is $6 each per night. My place is quite near to Silom..

how ah? crazy anot?

Friday, September 18th, 2009
4:25 pm
krung thep adventure (part 2)
about the internet. this place's wireless is still not fixed yet. i've given up hope that it'll ever be fixed. but i think it's still a nice place to stay at in general. cheap and flexible (since i pay day by day). i just got 2 problems now. one is internet, coz if i keep spending 100ish at the coffee world, i'll be broke soon. heh. the other is laundry. such mundane problems hahaha. hm... should i go for th 800/month plan that connects via my phone and is not too reliable and is slow? or the 500/month faster connection that requires a 6 month contract... sigh. hopefully there are other options. will find out more. and for clothes, laundry just outside here is too expensive at 30 a piece. my friend tells me outside his place it's more 30 for 15 pieces. ah well...

didnt do too much except go to class. walked around a bit around my area yesterday away from the main thoroughfare. walked thru the slums... so interesting. it was kinda surreal because it felt like i was in slum dog millionaire. except that it's real. there were lots of kids running about, kicking ball in sand around piles of rubbish and all. some people who look jobless sitting around and chatting. it was bustling. there were also new public housing coming up alongside the slums (i think). or could it be new condos that hasnt sold yet? these new high rises contrast the zinc roofs. makes me think of singapore history haha. wonder if that's how my grandma grew up or something like that. or even my dad. i think they could tell i was out of place hahaha. even xiangwei dresses less lok than people in the slums apparently.
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