Scandal – Awanaitsumorino, Genkidene

Hanarete shimatta kokoro to kokoro wo
Ikikau asa no kensou ni sagashita
“Koko de ii kara” to shingoumachi de iu
Minareta yokogao mienaku naru to

Hajimaru mae no you ni onaji sekai ni inai you ni
Dekiru kana shitakunai naa ushinau chokuzen

Kyuu ni genjitsu ni natte kotoba wa nodo ni hikkakatte
Ao ni naru ugokidasu hohoemu kimi ga iu

“Nidoto awanai tsumori no, genki de ne”
Saigo ni yasashisa wa iranakatta no ni
Sayonara toka jaa ne toka
Ito wo kiru you ni hanashite yo ne

“Aenaku naru kara genki de” to
Saigo made futari omoeru nara
Te wa hanasanai mama sore de ii no ni tooku naru
Itsudemo ato kara samishikute

Owareseta no wa dare ? Saki ni me wo sorashita no wa
Iji wo hatte muki ni natta watashi no hou de

Kyuu ni itoshisa ga katte kotoba ga yatto koe ni natte
Aka ni naru sono mae ni kimi no na wo yobikaketa

“Nidoto awanai tsumori no, genki de ne”
Sonna yasashisa ga daisuki datta koto
Gomen ne toka sono mae ni iwanakucha

“Aenaku naru kara genki da” to
“Kizukenaku naru kara genki de” to
Sayonara toka jaa ne yori
Daiji na mono wo oshiete kureta

“Awanai tsumori no, genki de ne”
“Iwaseru made wakaranakute gomen ne”
Tenmetsu suru shingou ga aka ni naru chokuzen de furimuite
Te wo futta kimi wa mata hohoenda genki de ne

I searched for our separated hearts
In the clamor of mornings that come and go
Saying “I’m fine here” as we wait at the signal
Your familiar profile disappears from view

It’s like going back to the beginning, like not being in the same world
Will I be able to do it ? I don’t want to just before we part

It suddenly becomes reality; the words are caught in my throat
It turns green and you start to move as you smile and say

“I don’t plan on seeing you again; take care, okay”
Even though kindness isn’t what I needed in the end
Goodbye; see you later
I’ll let go to sever our ties

“I’ll never see you again, so take care”
If it seems like the two of us will last until the end
It doesn’t matter if we’re far apart; I won’t let go of your hand
I always feel lonely afterwards

Who was the one that ended us ? 
The one who looked away, was stubborn, and walked away was me

Love suddenly prevails and my words are finally voiced
Before it turns red, I called out your name

“I don’t plan on seeing you again; take care, okay”
I used to love such tenderness
I need to say it before I say I’m sorry

“I’ll never see you again; I’ll be okay”
“You’ll never notice, so take care”
More than saying goodbye or see you later
You showed me what was important

“I don’t plan on seeing you; take care, okay”
“I’m sorry for not knowing until you said it”
I turned around just before the flickering signal turned red
You waved and smiled again; take care

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How to Lose Your Wallet in Singapore

I am writing this because I have just recently lost my entire wallet, not that there is anything of much value in there except, I don’t know, almost every form of identification I have and the card to my entire life savings. Of course, I had other less significant things in there like my notoriously long physiotherapy appointment card(s) from yesteryear, various membership cards to places I don’t go to anymore and not forgetting, Polaroids I have no idea how to get rid of (well now I know).

I’d like to say that excluding the time needed to get my Oh-So-Important identification card remade, I did a pretty good job getting my essentials back. A record breaking 5 hours to be exact, and here’s how I did it. I call this baby the

‘HA-HA YOU LOST YOUR WALLET BECAUSE YOU WERE A BLUR FUCK NOW LET ME HELP SHOVEL YOU OUT OF YOUR SHIT’ Protocol: 

Hold your breath because this is going to be good.

Before I start, let me first say that if you are venturing out to have all these things done in a day, BRING ANY FORM OF IDENTIFICATION WITH YOU. This may include your passport or birth certificate, driver’s license if you haven’t already lost it. And before you ask, fingerprints aren’t going to cut it. It’s not freaking Woodland’s Checkpoint at every corner of Singapore. Maybe at the Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) later on, but seriously now.

Step #0 A.K.A Prerequisite: 

Firstly, don’t panic.

Step #0.1 Always retrace your steps.

Ask yourself if there was a possibility you’d left somewhere in the house.

Behind the sofa? In between the sofa?

If you were taking the bus home,

Step #0.2 Check with BOTH bus interchanges’ lost and founds before reporting/cancelling cards.

It would be such a waste to have the bus captains call you up just as you cancel your last credit card, or spend a bomb replacing an important document.  

Very basically, everyone would need three fundamental things in their wallet. If you’re a tertiary student like me, four. Said things are:

1. Debit/Credit Cards

This is the card that your should cancel and replace first, especially if you do now know how long you have lost your wallet. Creditcard signatures can easily be forged while some debit card pin numbers are painfully easy to guess (like mine). Always secure your capital before anything else.

I have been banking with POSB my entire life so unfortunately I have no idea how to go about the administrations or protocols of other banks but I’ll leave you with what I have.

Replacing of your debit/credit cards should be fairly easy.

You could ring them up at 1800-339 6666(POSB Hotline) or 1800-111 1111(DBS Hotline) to terminate your card. After which they would ask if you would like your card mailed to you or if you would want to *collect it on the spot at a bank branch.

*Do note that should you opt for a self collection, you will then have to look for a POSB Banking branch and queue to have it made on the spot. 

You must bring along any form of identification, NRIC, Passport or Birth Certificate.

On the other hand, if you opt for postage, you will not have to queue up (Yay!) but it would take a processing time of 4-5 working days.

Either options you pick, the replacement cost is $5, that will be automatically deducted from your bank account. This makes replacements of all cards a hell-lot easier because you would not need 5 bucks on hand to get your card. With your card, you may immediately proceed to withdrawn money as usual.

Onward to the next card!

2. EzLink/TransitLink card


I’m not sure what people use around the world, but in Singapore we have this magical card that can serve as a form of identification (If you are a student. Bless you because adult fares suck balls.) and pay for a variety of things, where it’s payment method is available. A couple places I know of that allows EzLink card payment would be 7-11 stores and MacDs’ . I have glimpsed it’s verfi-phone in cabs, but I’m not too sure on that one.

BUT MAINLY, we use this card for transportation- to get around.

Reason why I want the EzLink card to be cancelled and replaced second was simply because no one would bother with an unattended EzLink card. Unless you have a ton of cash in there or your card is linked too a GIRO account, once lost, your card is nothing but a convenient flash-pay cash card for transport and cheap fast food.

Another thing is that I’m counting that like me, you probably lost your entire wallet so you’d have no cash whatsoever. Na-da, zero, scat. You’d need to have your debit cards done up before you have enough cash to even attempt anything else. Remember, cash is king.

Here’s the funny thing.

You can’t go to any random train station to replace your card. 

There are specific locations to have your card done and I am happy to provide you with the following locations:

  • Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange

  • Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange

  • Hougang Bus Interchange

  • Jurong East Bus Interchange

  • Pasir Ris Bus Interchange

  • Tiong Bahru MRT Station

Operating Hours: 1000hrs to 1800hrs Daily, Closed on Public Holidays.

Cost of replacement is: $18 

IDENTIFICATION NEEDED!
(NRIC, Passport, Birth Certificate)

I recommend you bring an extra tenner because you would start on a ‘blank’ card which means to say that you would have ‘0’ balance and if you were on concession before… heh. You aren’t now. It sucks, I know.

THE GOOD NEWS IS,

The card is produced on the spot so congratulations, you officially have another card down. (And you can travel without counting pennies. Yay!) Not to mention, if you bring down a passport photo, you could change the picture on your new EzLink card. Look on the bright side, you now have a second chance a making your IDs a little less fugly because we all know that when we were young, we didn’t know that our (most of the time) spastic faces would stick to us in the form of routinely used cards for, well. Ever.

3. NRIC Card


Apologies for the picture, I don’t think I can post an actual picture of an NRIC, plus Thor is so much funnier. And we all know about that dreadful pink Identification Card. Because carry around my birth certificate, why not?

Enough of my bitter banter (haha that rhymed, lol.), this is where things get really tricky.

Things to bring: 

  • Hardcopy of police report
  • Photograph image that must have be taken within the last 3 months
  • *Baptism or Religious certificate for insertion of religious name, if any
  • *Deed poll for change of name, including ethnic name, if any
  • *Marriage Certificate for insertion of married name, if any

*Bring along the original document and a photocopy.

Step 3.1 Making the Police report

This is for your safety, really. Since your IC has essential information that can lead to you either being hounded because said thief had passed off as you to borrow money from loan sharks A.K.A you look like a crook, I’m sorry, or you get stalked, depending on how hot you managed to look on your card, God bless your soul.

Either way, attain a printed copy of the police report you have filed and head over to The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) located at:

IC Unit
Citizen Services Centre 
3rd Storey, ICA Building 
10 Kallang Road 
(Next to Lavender MRT station) 
Singapore 208718 

Operating Hours: 
Monday to Friday : 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. 
Saturday : 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 noon

 Step 3.2 Picture taking

I hate picture taking. I’ve never had my pictures turn out good with a front facing camera, FML.

Anyway, a few things to note when having your picture taken,

  • The photograph should be in colour, must be taken against a white background with a matt or semi-matt finish
  • The photograph image must show the full face and without headgear (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide the facial features)
  • The photograph cannot be taken in uniform

And we wonder why most of us always turn out ugly.

Apparently, the replacement fee is $60 but from what I hear, it’s $100 so please be prepared.

After all that work (if you got your timing right) you should have your NRIC within 5 working days, if I’m not wrong. Last time I heard, it took a month so kudos to me, not that I need my IC all the time anyway.

So all that’s done is done, I have remade these few cards. I hope this is useful to majority of the Singaporean population.

Cherie

P.S I still have to remake my E-Amusement pass ):

Working it to Kinect

I like my games, I really do.

But I love my rhythm games, I really, really do. I don’t know how I haven’t gotten my hands on a Kinect to get to Dance Central or Just Dance over the years but just recently, I managed to and for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~

I’ve never exactly played with an actual Kinect in my life, only watch Youtube videos on it, just like what I did with the PS4 and the Nintendo DS evolution. I know. My gaming life, as I’d like to call it, is rather pathetic.

WHICH.IS.WHY. Or at least what,

Makes this post so damn important, because it shows my very first experience with a Kinect. That’s right. I’m making history (for myself) over here.

The first video was my very first try at the game, Just Dance (?) and we were so confused but I think we got better in subsequent rounds. I can proudly say that all the songs we played we only played once, meaning the videos filmed was our very first time trying the songs. Not too shabby, I say.

I hope my future self finds this as amusing as I did.

Cherie

The Last Lap

Waddap, guys.

I have finally made it.

Well, sort of.

I just entered my last semester of school and my main exams are only 13 working (actual schooling) weeks away! I like the thought that I can roughly count down to how many weeks I have left in school but the more I blabber about it to others, the more it sounds like a jail sentence. If so, I’d better behave. Parole?

That being said, I regret to inform that I am in no mood for school at all. I haven’t bought my books and I still sit at the back of my class. Last I checked, two out of the three modules I’m taking requires group work on a 50% marking grid and I’m as sociable as a brick.

I feel like I graduated together with my other friends, who right now are like:

I apologize for following suit.

You see, I don’t feel like I’ve been in school for over a year. No, it’s not because of my depression, but because I’d spent a year not learning anything.

This is different from when my guardian taught me how to trim my own nails recently.
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Don’t take me to be a spoiled brat, please. There are just something I don’t particularly care about to a point that people have to sit me down and do it for me. Or in this case, teach Cherie how to cut her nails and she would never have to waste tens of hundreds of dollars sitting in a nail salon.

Back to the point of not learning anything in the past 12 months or so, I really haven’t. The last 6 months, I’d spent my time re-taking modules for all that I’d failed two semesters ago and the 6 months before that, I was slaving away (well, not really) at my interning office. Yeap, no learning whatsoever, though I may have come across a few new porn genres… Alright, I kid.

But seriously, can you imagine how unpracticed I am with the whole notion of learning? I get to class and suddenly I’m thrown into this whirlwind of bizarre terminologies and monotonous lectures. I can’t skip lectures anymore in fear that I’d miss something (though I don’t exactly catch anything while I’m there) and I have to double check my classrooms because I am (still) so terrible with faces, it’s been two weeks and I still can’t remember a single classmate’s face. I won’t even start on how easily my classmates register information, making class skip ahead faster than I’d prefer and… and…

But I can’t give up now, can I? I only have 13 more weeks to go.

But that also means I only have 13 more weeks till my main exams.

13 more weeks to master 3 modules I am totally new to.

13 more weeks till I find out if I get to graduate or go into 4.2.

13 more weeks till I have to either graduate, get a job or not graduate and be buried alive by my dad.


I am not prepared at all.

I guess for a start I’ll buy my books and get started with my assignments.

It doesn’t help that I’m posting this at three in the morning. But hey, at least I said I’ll try. Don’t you give people brownie points if they try? Or maybe just a brownie. I’d settle for that right now.

More bad news, I heard there is going to be tedious calculation questions in all my modules this semester. I am very intimidated and dreadful, of course. But I must not forget that I am an engineer in training and that math can rule the world.

I’d better end here. It occurs to me that the earlier it get in the morning, the weirder things seem to get.

Ta-

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