2015 Year in Review

2015 was an interesting year. Quite some interesting learning points this year, and a few milestones were hit this year. So let’s look back at the hell of a 2015, here is the annual Year in Review.

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Early 2015 saw the arrival of a new addition to the family fleet!

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Pop’s new Paceman, nicknamed “Sally the Great Blue Whale”

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Chinese new year, the usual affair.

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I managed to get up close to a couple of awesome rides this year too. Didn’t exactly get to test them out :/. Perhaps sometime else.

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Continually being an annoyance to everyone. Here’s me with Clarence who had not enough sleep the last night, I was reading to him a thesis on dark matter and black holes. Kudos though, he tried to keep up. Tried.

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Bentley pop-up with the awesome continental GT3. Glad I got to see it in person. Lot’s of tales of how it’s been a beast on track.

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Cody’s been quite the hassle on the pocket this year for Jean. Yikes. :/

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Art and craft project on tyres~

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Meeting up with friend’s overseas. Which was fun! We’re coming back soon P!

Amongst other short trips around the region.

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Batam proved to be interesting in the midst of boring-ness, such as jamming out with the Balados band.

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Seoul proved to be a rather fun one too!

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And of course, not to mention these guys. You’ve made an impression on me, It was tall order for me and I know you guys have the best intentions. It was a tough decision. Thanks for still keeping me in mind constantly. Fly Safe, always.

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Then there was the time where Kamei bit Jean and I had to bring her to the A&E, spending 6 hours there. Yep. Well they’re still friends. (I think).

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It was my first time on a cruise, we embarked on a boat to nowhere on the Superstar Gemini. IMG_1826

I have to admit, I was rather impressed by the sheer size of the thing. Jean tells me that its the smallest in their fleet. Whut.

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I joined the awesome team at Tech in Asia. Taking on the Community Manager role, which has been a massive learning experience so far. Not to mention having the best colleagues you can find, especially some that would go out of their way to help you. Drinks/poker/music night at the office makes it all a little more awesome.

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Remember the elections this year? First time voting hooo~

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And yay! I graduated this year! Now I’m pretty sure I have a graduation blogpost draft hidden somewhere. Why didn’t I publish that again? Hmm. Oh yeah, procrastination.

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I had the lovely office people celebrate my birthday with me this year. IMG_3051

It really means alot, thank you guys!

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We didn’t get to stretch the racing gloves much this year, karting is just getting a little too pricey. Looks like the goal to get faster has to wait again.

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And my first time joining the legion of ‘brothers’ with Hweemin & Jeremy’s wedding was a rather interesting one. Happy wishes to the newly wed couple!

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Christmas parties helps to round off the year!

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With the never ending work still pestering the days away, we jump into the whirlwind of what 2016 has to offer. “It’s not a good year (for the monkey)” says the fortune telling mystics, “Winter is coming”, says the economical analysts.

Bring it on. Brace yourselves. Let’s kick ass in 2016.

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Photowalk – Superheadz: Korea 2015

The elusive Nikon FM2 is still not within my reach. But as far as film goes, the trusty Superheadz that Dexter gave me seems like a winner. It is still amazing what toy camera’s can do.

Earlier in the year we travelled to South Korea, yes, again. And instead of lugging the heavy D7000 along, I decided that the trip should just be done on my toy camera.

So here, as always, a photowalk of Seoul, taken with the 35mm toy camera goodness.

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Why did it take so long? I just didn’t get round to having them developed. Perhaps I should try developing them myself.

Stay tuned for the next photowalk!

Oh, and see the rest of the Superheadz shots here!

Stay chill all~

132 Meepok

Upon finding out that I can’t resist a good bowl of Meepok noodles, Jason has been telling me about how awesome 132 Meepok is.

Now the only problem is, the last time he ate it was almost a decade ago. But nevertheless, the fact that the store has a website, meant that it must be pretty good.

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Both of us headed down on a Saturday afternoon to find some Meepok goodness.

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A little back story on 132, just click the picture to read more!

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We went for the $3.50 bowl. The portion was much smaller than I had expected. The noodles, much to Jason’s disappointment, wasn’t as springy as the last time he tried it. The noodle fell toward a dry texture but the chilli, vinegar and lard mix proved to be a winner.

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The portions of fishball, meat and fish dumplings were just right with the amount of noodle. The soup though, was a tad bit on the salty side.

Good? Yes. Worth the travel time there though? that’s something to ponder about.

And the hunt continues.

132 Meepok
Blk 59 Marine Terrace
www.132meepok.com.sg

Don’t have kids

“Don’t have kids, or better yet, don’t get married.”

My mum says this to me from time to time. And who could blame her? Both sissy and I have been nothing but troublemakers. The amount of money they had to spend on us, the piano lessons we give up, the endless hours of tuition which didn’t help our grades at all, and the stress when the teachers had to call them in the evenings about unfinished homework, truancy and more. I could list more, but ask me over a cold pint on a hot saturday afternoon ok? Your treat of course 😉 And they worry now about my drinking vices. Whoops.

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A google search for the cost of raising a kid in Singapore blows minds. Pointing to a mind boggling $1 million! See, in foreign countries, the kid’s are booted out the door to fend for themselves at 17. Here, we’d probably stay with our parents till we get.. Married.
Imagine having 3 kids now. Not taking into account the process of childbearing and endless sleepless nights that come right after that. The monetary implications are just too insane. You could buy a house, a freaking nice one at that, or split the money and buy a FEW houses.

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On the flipside though, proud parents do say that having a kid does teach them more about responsibilities and to be better people in life. And that the costs involved are worth it.

Prices for everything though are rising. Milk powder, baby care products, childcare services, education, COST OF LIVING. I used to be one that wants to have lots of kids in the future. But now though, the reality frightens me, and what my mother says makes clearer sense.

In Singapore, its growing increasingly tough to even consider having a kid. Less getting married. But hey, thats just my opinion.. Whats yours?

Breakfast Club: San Yuan Fishball Noodle

It has been a long time since I blogged about food. The last time I had a foodie styled segment on Betterdanthis was the Supper Challenge. Most readers enjoyed it and well, I did too. We might breathe some life into that, but perhaps that for another time.

Ever since I began working, again, the office being at bugis street, my colleague Hong Wei has been relentlessly getting me to have breakfast with him in the morning(I usually eat at home before heading out to work). After a few weeks, I gave in. And am now firmly part of what we call the Breakfast Club (haha). Its pretty exclusive though, its for those who reach the office early.

With that lets try begin a segment, where we’d really just hunt for breakfast around the area and.. eat.. breakfast.

The morning’s hunt brought us to Albert Market. Just right behind Bugis street. With the craving for Mee Pok, we picked this store, “San Yuan Fishball noodle”. 01-73

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Hong wei ordered a $2 fishball noodle, and I, minced meat noodle that set me back $3. Not too shabby pricing i’d have to say.

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Gobbling down his fishball noodle in record timing, Hong Wei comments on the oily feel of the noodles. Though he was thoroughly pleased with the generous serving of the fishballs, worth it, for $2.

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I had to pay an extra dollar! But hey, mine came with fish crackers, lots of minced meat, and a slice of teeeer gua (pork liver). To be fair, the noodles didn’t fair too badly, given its rigid texture. The vinegar taste did not overwhelm and the fact that I did not mix it well meant strong oniony tastes nearing the end. The meat tasted normal at best, and the soup provided mild satisfaction.

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Overall, price is the winning factor here. It ain’t all that fantastic, but for the price you’re paying, there’s not much to complain about.

The question is though, will we ever come back?

New look!

If you’ve been reading Betterdanthis.com since its inception, you would have noticed the dreary old template that has not been changed since then!

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And finally, I got to sourcing for a sweet template/theme, and bought it! Do hope you’ll enjoy your stay on the blog a little more now. I’d dare say it is more pleasing to the eye(lol).

Either way, i’ll be making more minute changes to the blog in the coming weeks! Hopefully it’ll be easier to navigate, read, and whatever else people read betterdanthis for.

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So stay tuned for more updated stuff. Meanwhile, as always, stay awesome you.

Transportation. Public. Public Transportation.

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It comes as no secret I have a fond love and admiration for cars. Much appreciation to Karl Benz for inventing the first one. Who’d knew if he stole the idea or something but heck, if he didn’t, could you imagine what life would be now? 

I’d be all “eh i’m gonna go out and start the horse and get ready to gallop to the malls.” And convoy’s would be like, “our red horse Ferrari’s damn good la. Bo bei zao ahhhh.” Well you get the idea. 

  
(Photo Source: Mothership SG) (lol must credit later kena sue)

Cars are the best! Why are they not? They’re comfortable, respond to your input when you pilot them. They get you from point A to point B convenient and efficiently. 

  
I have always been one who’d drive everywhere. Even if it was nearby just to get chips from the nearby store. 

But as I embark on a new job, this habit of mine has to sadly be left behind. You see, the office of my workplace is situated in bugis. Thats right at the edge of the CBD town center, but not quite. If i drive. I’d be subjected to ERP’s as well as crazy parking rates. That’s $25 a day just to drive. That’s nuts. 

So public transport it is for the commute to work! The immense feeling of swa-ku-ness (mountain tortoise) being back in a bus/train. The crowds. The standing. The squeezing. The grumpy office drones in the morning. 

 
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Its pretty tough to find a seat in the mornings. That being said though. Its not too bad once you get the hang of it. I generally avoid trains in the morning now. They’re insanely packed. I quote my mom “the train station exits at peak hour are like salmon spawning.” Its no wonder the high breakdown rates! But that for a future post perhaps. 

Thankfully there’s a bus service that takes me straight from a bus stop near my place to work. 

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It takes a 10 mins walk to the bus stop. Wait for the bus. A 45 mins journey, then another 10 mins walk to the office after. 

Here’s one thing that I begun to enjoy during the commute to work. Having my favourite tunes in my ear, not worrying about blindspots, trying to change lanes and cyclists. 

With that time, i’m able to surf, tweet, insta, fb, errthang! This post is typed out whilst in the bus! Though the erratic braking the bus uncle is doing makes me feel a wee bit like puking. 

  
Before I end the post though, I have a make a note. I used to really hate it, but now, I LOVE BUS LANES. They’re a real lifesaver. 

So now Summer sits at home looking all pretty in the driveway. And the only time i drive her is at night after work or on weekends (which I very much look forward to getting back into the drivers seat.) 

  
But hey. Public transport isn’t all too bad. Though yes the bumpy bus, the crowds, but you have that extra time while travelling to fiddle around with your phone (can’t do that while driving, the TP snipers are everywhere now!) A look at the busy world going around outside through the huge panes of glass. And the occasional nice people on the bus that gives up their seat to an elder (super cliche I know). No constant urge to overtake the slowpoke in front of you. No frustating blasts of the horn, and no combo of vulgarities when someone cuts you off. 

  
All in all. Its not too bad. Cars imo are still the best. But yeah, public transport’s pretty great too. 

Jul-Aug Update

Yes, i have not been posting for the past weeks. That I am pretty much aware of. Have been busy, the good kind I might add.

Recently got a job at an awesome tech startup. Lovely people and fun culture makes tough tasks great. More on that in the future I guess~

Either way, here’s a short update on whats been happening recently. I seriously have got to be more “on the ball” with my postings huh. Also have been neglecting GGR. So we’d try upload something soon too! Do stay tuned for that!

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Granny got a pretty huge operation done recently, there was a cyst in her liver, which might have been cancerous. So the best option was to get that out ASAP. Op went successful, and all is well with the world now 🙂

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Left town over the national day weekend for a quick cruise. My first time on such a massive ship! (Jean says that its the smallest of the star cruise fleet though.) Either way I had fun, pretty relaxing and chill, also the awesome food offered at the buffet line. Yum.

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Oh! and Jean won herself some dough playing bingo. 3 rounds of which for me had be going home with nothing. Poop.

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Dad test drove the Porsche Macan (its pronounced Ma-Chan). Which I pretty much enjoyed. Though i’d probably have a better impression if they allowed me behind the wheel. Darn the new insurance clauses. I did however find this dude chilling in the backseat of a Porsche 911 in the showroom.

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And we caught Echosmith live!

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Sab was lucky enough to have her hand grabbed by sydney when she came over. As you can see in this picture, everyone swarmed towards her, which left me in the center of the outstretched celebrity wanting hands.

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All in all it was a pretty good show.

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Not a too long update. But I promise more posts ok! Once I find free time!

Stay Awesome all!

Jaguar XF 2.0 2013

“A man can get away with anything because he’s got a Jag” ~. Jeremy Clarkson

Now i wouldn’t, or rather couldn’t say the above quote by the fearless ex-bbc presenter was true or not. In essence what the banter was about during the episode was how striking Jaguar has always had their designs.

And the fact that I have never driven one before, meant i probably could not fully comprehend what they meant.

In the last week, an opportunity arose for me to test the 2013 model Jaguar XF. Sadly, not the V6 model but hey, its a Jag.


Now i’ve driven many cars before, and i sure know how an executive saloon is supposed to feel like, and handle. But with the XF, throw the stereotypes away, because it impresses.


Now lets hit you with some specs, the british manufacturer gives you a 2-litre, 4-cylinder in-line turbocharged engine for your money. Not a cheap car per say too with a $200K SGD price tag AFTER DISCOUNTS.

That being said, it gives you 237bhp and 340nm of torque. It does the 0-100 run in 7.9 seconds. The XF sports a 8 speed transmission (yes.. 8) and a rear wheel drivetrain. Its kerb weight at 1660kg makes it a 100kg more than its german rival the c180. Which sets your mind thinking holding the specs sheet, this lumbering heavy british car, how would it fare?

Pretty damned good.

The interior is as professional as any other Jag, fitting for the luxury seeker, the seats hold you snug and nice, and a steering wheel that feels weird in both design and feel, however after awhile you just get used to that and let everything soak in.

The power. Oh. The power. That is what makes you completely understand, the feel, the james bond villany, the love for a Jaguar. Of course, coupled with the edgy and fierce arched design of the car.

Accelerator depressed, long stretch of road, the car builds up revs slowly, and when your mind just about registers “hey, why hasn’t the power kicked in ye….” And whoosh! The turbo kicks in pushing the revs incrementally higher, the sporty exhaust rumble sings a tenor tune, and gradually, in all its stylish and luxury fashion you are slowly forced into the leather seats, in control of a british cat charging at its prey.

Pretty difficult to wipe the smirk off your face after that.


Lets talk bends, by looking at the car, first thought springs to mind would be “body roll.” But again, no. Roll is minimal, if not, muted. Suspension is stiff but the folks at Jaguar did a pretty good job at not allowing any compromise to the passengers and the driver in the cabin. And its cornering capabilities, lets just say, it comes close to MINI territory.


Now I have been rambling on about how great the car is and all, and how could i not? I’m excitied, i have finally found the reason, the meaning and the experience behind the brand.

But the bubble always has to burst, here are its shortfalls.

The 8 speed transmission, unless you’re in sports mode, is hopeless. It sure is fun when you paddle shift the british pussy(cat) around but then again, the gear ratios doesn’t allow you to remotely touch top gear. Well unless you’re driving at 200km/h on the autobahn then yeah perhaps but for its use here in Singapore, nope.

The brakes are good, but a slight dab on the pedal sends the occupants in the car lurching forward with much haste. Also the risk of the seaweed soup you had for dinner being thrown from your mouth onto the interior dash. Again, don’t get me wrong. The brakes are good, but the pedal setting is rubbish.

The throttle, seems to be useless until the engine jumps revs and the turbo starts to spool. Which means you’re either going super slowly, or in a spurted acceleration.


Now an 11.2km/l FC isn’t good nor bad. A trip to the pumps will set you back a good mid-100s. The 70L fuel tank too only adds on to its weight. But even at that weight. It sure can run. Fast. Enough to get you into trouble.

And seriously, how can one not enjoy the looks of the car. Its a design beauty, one to be marveled at.

I enjoyed driving the car, i really did. And am glad I was finally able to experience what its like to drive a Jag. The Jaguar XF manages to capture the essence of luxury and sportyness. It is able to impress, though with a few shortfalls, you probably wouldn’t mind. And i don’t.

Now, anyone’s got an F-Type?

Mid-May 2015 Update

The month since Mid April to Mid May has been a whirlwind of everything. But it is indeed things like these that happens which leads us to learn to be stronger in what ever else we do.

Sometimes as much as we try our best and things don’t work out the way we want them to. Even pushing the limits and boundaries of what we never thought was capable of ourselves.

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Albeit being a little disappointed with myself for certain decisions, we mope about it for abit. Learn to grow and move on.
Either way, right now, i’m in the pool of applicants for a job. A little excited the the oyster of a world ahead of me, also a little afraid. I guess when we all start it can’t be helped that there would be a certain level of apprehension.

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That being said amongst the all that i have been through the essential past month, it was endearing to know of the support given by the people that loves me. Which does make me happy, in the sense which i know support will be there even in the darkest of times.

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Whichever the case, i took some time off to wind down a few notches, giving me time to breathe and find my bearings again. Which at this current juncture, i’m sort of re-emerging out of a perceptive limbo, I CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS! (BETTERDANTHIS LOL). Aiming to gun for whatever is to come next.

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The world is still new, still fresh, we’ll see what’s to come next. Again, excitement is an understatement.

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Pardon the whiny post, I promise a less sombre one next time. Cheers all!