Sunday, December 16, 2007

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I know it's love NOT when a person showers me with gifts or promises of eternity.

I know it's love when a person with a terrible headache waits for me in the car without complaints when I have to drop by a friend's house for work reasons to get some documents.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Conversation of the Day

Jo: Why can't guys listen first before they try to solve the issue?

Me: Because girls take too long to finish talking?

Jo: And that's why gals talk so much. Because guys don't listen properly and we have to repeat ourselves.

Good point! Haha..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- What did you say again?

Monday, November 26, 2007



"The will to keep going..
When you have already given up..
YESTERDAY.." - Ginseng Master

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Matter of the mind...

Friday, November 23, 2007

DNA Testing on Food

Remember reading a newspaper article a few days ago regarding some DNA testing for food.
If I remember correctly, it's developed with some $900,000 seed money from one of the stat board (which I can't remember which).

It's to prevent food fraud, which means if a packed food labels itself as chicken, the DNA testing will ensure that what's packed is chicken.
Which is great with all the food scares, it will make sure that no dog meat or *gasp* human meat is being passed of as chicken or beef..

But the DNA testing will not be able to tell if the food is poisoned or with toxins! So it means after spending more thtn $900,000, the test can tell me that the chicken I bought is indeed chicken.. but it can't tell me if I will die from eating it in case it's poisoned or filled with toxins?!..


--Ginseng Tonic Maker-- Test the ginseng...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Outdoor Fun...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Keep on Shooting!

You can give up...
You can give in..
You can give it your all!!

100% of the shots that you don't take..
Will never go in..

So just keep on shooting!..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Reminder to self...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

Long Overdue...

This is soooooo overdue..
Been wanting to put it up for ages but just didn't get down to doing it..
Though it's been about a month already.. But still so touched!! haha..

Hand-made card with rose (my 1st ever! Haha..)


--Ginseng Tonic Maker-- No wonder I'm getting rounder haha..

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

"Thank You"

Two simple words.
A great reminder and reinforcement of my chosen career.
More than the money, the awards and the incentive trips, it is the ability to help people and deliver the cheque when they are most in need.

Delivered the first cheque in my career today. Just helped a client's mum to do a claim. She bought a policy from the bank/road show (she doesn't even remember!). Adviser never seen or heard again since then. She had to call me to help her do the claim.

I'm glad the company and I were able to offer her the best service when she needed it most. The cheque was issued within a week with my persistent calling and checking with the company. Ensuring the necessary documents were submitted, going down to the head office to collect and deliver the cheque personally. The other company that she bought from, she got the cheque today even though the claims were submitted to the company a lot earlier before she called me. And the cheque actually came by POST!

She was very pleased and touched with my efforts. She wasn't even my client, and she had kept putting me off for about 1 year. Always busy and not willing to meet up with me. But I'm glad I delivered when it mattered most. She was very happy that I did my best even though she's not my client.

I always belive true service starts AFTER a sale is made.
The quarterly newsletter that I create for my clients, the annual review planners that I send out, the updates when there are new products or changes in rules and regulations etc.. I do all these after a sale is made with my priority being my clients when other advisers may be too busy trying to get new clients/sales (or just not doing anything!).

Remember: at the point of sale, everybody can provide "good service". It's the after-sale that matters!

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- "It's the least I can do."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mathematical Equations

If Action A results in Response B,
then A = B.

Hence, Repeated Action A will result in Repeated Response B,
i.e, xA = xB.

If Action A was supposed to have stopped,
then any Action A will result in a bigger B Response
i.e, A is lesser than B

It's all logical....

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker --

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More trips to come?

Bali.. The agency incentive trip has come and gone.. It was great fun.. However, it's only a prelude (hopefully) of what is to come..
Next on the list are company incentive trips up for grabs...

Exciting times are here again for the final quarter..
Gotta step up the tempo to help more people..
If I help enough people to get what they want.. I will get what I want.. Time to see the world.. for FREE!..

Shanghai kNights

HCM- Vietnam

Paris, France!!!

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Jia you!...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bali Pics

Friday, August 24, 2007


Just some of the pics of Bali trip.. More to come for sure!...

First great rafting experience!... Just makes me want to go to New Zealand or Australia more.. Where I'm sure the rafting will be a lot more exciting!..

Great view frm the top.. Pic of the volcano.. It's still active, mind you!... Nice view.. though I thought we shd have gone up the volcano itself!

One of the most beautiful sight I've seen.. Caught the sunset.. Dinner by the beach under the sunset.. Live music!!.. Beautiful!...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- More pics to come.. More trips to come!!...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Definition of Marriage

Was chatting with a friend over msn when the topic of marriage poped up...

And so he went...

"It's only marraige.. Just spend the rest of your life with the same person...smell their fart....listen to their complains...and smile at their family like you really care..."

Hmm.. I CAN'T say that I agree with that.. But that's such an interesting perspective haha..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker --

Monday, August 06, 2007

Conversation of the Week

Mich: You must learn to relax. Do something relaxing when you have free time.
Me: Yes, I do. I read whenever I'm free.
Mich: Ya.. But you read books related to work!

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Not really.. I read the newspapers too!! Haha..

Monday, July 30, 2007


" Eeeee... Not nice.. I look fat.. Take again..."

Once in a while when a person says that when taking pictures, it may be due to the angle of the shot.. the lighting.. the camera.. the surroundings etc..

But when a person starts saying it once too often...
Like me..
That's when I must start to acknowledge..
I Don't look fat in the pictures..

I AM fat..

Haha.. Ok.. Maybe not soooooo bad.. but alarm bells are ringing already..
Not just to look good.. But to feel good.. Healthy.. Healthy...
I've gained about 5kg since i graduated.. Argh...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Health is wealth!

Monday, July 23, 2007

What's your choice?

If you have trouble getting up in the morning.. This is for you...
Forwarded to me by my work kaki...
So next time you have trouble getting out of bed...

"Every morning when you wake up..
You have two options...
You can either go back to sleep and dream...
Or you can wake up and chase your dream.."

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Unless it's a nightmare you're waking up to Haha..

Counting Down...

25 more days to go....
Counting down...
More Sun.. Sand.. and the Sea...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Bali.. Ali BaBali.. Bali...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Life's Reminder

We get reminded every now and again..
In the midst of our hustle and bustle..
Pursuing our dreams and superficial materialistic wants..

The reminder that life is unpredictable..
The reminder that there are many other things more important than the way we lose ourselves going through the motions of every single day...

As we grow older, with each passing..
Someone very loved.. Or someone we just know..
Very intertwined paths.. Or very briefly so..
It leaves a print on you.. Never going away with time..
Serving as a reminder the unpredictability of life...

Do heed life's occassional reminder..
The reminder that we will not be around forever..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- In memory of Bernard Chua.. Rest in peace...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Economics 101: Scarce resources, Unlimited wants

That's the way I'm feeling right now for what is becomming an unlimited want!


Never got much chance to travel when I was younger. Perhaps I'm just trying to make up for lost time, now that I'm earning my keeps..
Luckily I'm in the right industry.. Free incentive trips along the way.. Haha..

Sometimes feel very ignorant (read: suaku) when people talk about their overseas trips.. Especially Europe (though for some reason Europe doesn't seem to appeal to me at all at this point in time)..
So I want to open up my eyes.. Travel and see the world!...

So many places I would like to go.. So limited resources..

Next up in August... Bali!!..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Solution: Increase resources or limit my wants.. Hmm...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Conversation of the week

Coffee break with a colleague to relieve some stress.

... Blah.. Blah.. Blah...

Colleague: Once I marry.. I will not think of divorce..

Me: Good.. That should be the way isn't it?
(Thinking to myself.. Very good.. Here's another person like me who has faith in the sanctity of marriage.. The promise of the eternal vow... Til death do us part..)

Colleague: Ya lor.. Because a divorce is very expensive...


But then again.. It's strangely true.. ROM costs you almost next to nothing.. A divorce is probably going to cost you everything.. Financially and emotionally!...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- It's not just about the money!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Entrepreneurship in Singapore?

Saw this guy that was profiled on Channel News Asia recently.
He was a multi billionaire (Thai baht), big-time property investor and developer making lots of money in Thailand. Then the asian financial crisis happened in 1997 and he lost EVERYTHING.

From dealing in millions and billions.. He started earning peanuts (pre-durai peanuts dollars) from selling sandwiches on the streets! From walking around selling sandwiches.. He did well enough to employ more people to help him make the sandwiches.. Then did even better to open bakeries and cafes.. And now he's going to franchise it... AMAZING!!.. Talk about never-say-die and not giving up..

Ok back to the title.. While watching it.. I can't help but think.. If he were in S'pore.. He probably wouldn't have made it back so fast (or at least have to think of another way).. Because if he tried to do that in S'pore...

(1) Minisry of Health (or is it National Environment Agency) will
Give him a warning letter and/or fine and/or jail for
a) producing food without permit
b) selling food without permit

(2) Even if he tried to apply for permits for this it'd probably take forever because he will be pushed to different government agencies and departments until/unless he writes to the newspapers forums where he will then get immediate attention!

(3) Or just like the person who fought to start a business selling food from vans.. Eventually it was allowed.. But they decided to have a ballot for the licenses.. and the original person who had the idea was NOT allocated a license in the end!!.. How fair a system!

(4) Even if he were to be granted with all the licenses and permits.. He'd still fail because just like the mobile vans or the mobile ice-cream motorbike men.. They had rules and regulations to follow.. Such as very limited time where they can operate and very limited areas where they can operate.. Can still remember the restrictions on ice-cream men (before they changed the rules).. Can't sell near schools.. Can't sell near this.. Can't block up the traffice near that.. This and that.. Which basically means.. They can' be selling anywhere near where the crowds are!!.. *pengz*

And we wonder why Singaporeans are not enterprising enough..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Please don't fine/warn/jail me for this blog!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

*Smilez* =)

Me: Have you met up with Mich?How's the weather like now in Sydney?Do you stay near her?Did you inform Mich?Call or SMS her ya..Eh find some time to meet her up ya...Questions.. More Questions..Even more questions..lagi more questionssssssssss.......
- After bombarding my dear friend with my endless questions
and over anxious messages... -

Cyndax_Error: u must love her alot

Me: *Pretends not to have seen the msg.. Almost too shy/embarrassed to admit*

- More questions followed -

Cyndax_Error: geez can i find a bf like you

Me: Haha..

See baby.. Lucky you.. *Head tilts up*

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- It's past midnight.. 3 more days!!....

Monday, June 18, 2007


5 more days... Seems like forever...
Time has got to pass faster than this..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker --

Friday, June 08, 2007

Just another day gone by...

12 Midnight.. The official result is out...
Just another day gone by...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- *Yawnz*

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

"If you have LOVE, you don't need to have anything else..
And if you don't have it..
It doesn't matter much what else you have.."
- Sir James M. Barrie

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- The magic of love...

Monday, May 28, 2007


We went Tun Lok signatures for Mother's day celebration.
The place looked a lot nicer when I read about it in the papers.
Oh well, it's always the food that matters most.
Food was nice, price was reasonable and best of all, the person attending to us was friendly.
Service always greatly appreciated.. Guess it's because I have to provide service too..

You've just seen the most expensive laksa I've ever tasted and very likely, the most expensive laksa I will ever taste! Laksa from Chatterbox, Marriott hotel.

$32 for the laksa! But then again, it was really nice.. with big portions.. their famous chicken.. And a whole lobster. Luckily we had 50% staff discount through a friend. But it was still too ex by my standards..

Though the above places are nice.. and the food is nice.. My personal favourite out of all the food I've eaten lately is....

*Drum Roll*

*Ta da*.. Sandwich of love.. with ham, eggs, vege.. and *yum yum* melted cheese!.. *slurp*

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Food paradise..

Bloody Driver

Got into a minor accident over the weekend..
Just pure bad luck I met such a inconsiderate driver.
I was just going straight in my own lane when the idiot tried to filter and turn INTO my car!
It was a Sunday afternoon with heavy traffic. Don't know what he was thinking.
The scratches started from about half of my front door..
So my car was actually passing him by half a car length already..
The worse thing is, he was totally uncooperative after the accident.
Was very pissed.. But thankfully not that pissed (or stupid) to punch him and end up in jail..
Sighz.. See what Comfort says.. Give me some justice!!
The BLOODY taxi!

The scratches *sob*

And the "murder weapon"

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Part and parcel of driving i guess...

Monday, May 21, 2007

Live Commentary.. Coming to a cinema near you..

Was watching a movie over the weekend.. And it's unfortunate that I remember more about the incidents that happened in the cinema.. than the movie it self...

Question: What can be more irritating than handphones ringing in the middle of a movie?

Answer: When some idiot is giving a live commentary throughout the WHOLE movie!

Handphones ringing in the movie can be very irritating.. Very inconsiderate behaviour.. But.. the thing is.. sometimes it's understandable and forgiveable as long as they don't go on chatting for long.. because people may forget to turn it to silent..
At most it's over in a matter of seconds..

Please tell me what I can do.. When somebody gives a live commentary throughout the whole movie!..
I don't expect people to keep mum for the whole movie.. Because I don't.. I think it's inevitable there will be some whispers along the way.. clarifications here and there..

But what the 2 person seated behind me did was totally puzzling.. Totally disregarding social protocol.. or not understanding the meaning of Shhhh.... or totally inept at understanding body language (of people turning around and staring at them!)..

They went on to give the people around a live commentary such as (after a long time deciding from the many entries that I can put down.. here are the top 3!):

2nd runner-up
When the actor was searching through an ambulance with the words AMBULANCE clearly painted on the side of the vehicle and clearly shown on screen.. the girl went:
"Eh.. Ambulance hor.."

1st runner-up
When a shadow clearly passed by on the screen..
"Eh.. Got people walk past leh.."

My personal favourite
When the actors entered a stadium.. With a field.. Rows of gallery seats etc.. (confirm cannot mistake it for something else.. like shopping mall etc!) she went:
"Eh.. Stadium.."
At this point.. I couldn't help but shot back a reply out loud
"Wah lao.. Idiot also can tell lah.."
That shut them up.. BRIEFLY..

Only can think of 2 scenerios where this "live commentary" can be totally understandable and acceptable..
1) If the friend beside her is intellectually challenged - where he can't comprehend that it's a ambulance or stadium that is being shown on the screen..
2) Her friend is blind - So she needs to give a scene by scene explanation and description
But the last I checked when the movie was over.. They were walking and talking like anybody else I know.. Far from being blind.. Hmm but then.. not too sure about the intellectual part though..

As you can see.. I'm really pissed about the incident coz I haven't wrote such a long entry in a long while..

- Ginseng Tonic Maker - If you can't keep your mouth shut.. Rent a DVD...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Broadway Beng Returns

Fun.. Fun.. Funny...
My kind of show..
Spare me those arty-farty ones.. Thank you very much...
Give me local.. heartland.. hokkien jokes and entertainment anytime..
Next on the list..
Dim Sum Dollies - The History of S'pore..
Kumar The Queen..
Would really love to catch STOMP if they ever come back again...
-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Name me 3 body parts that start with L!

Friday, May 11, 2007


Having problem going to bed..
Totally no idea why..
Maybe haven't been exercising enough?..
Maybe work stress is starting to get to me again..
Argh.. Half a year gone already...

Feels like I haven't been working hard enough..
Jia you...
Bali... HCM.. Paris.. Here I come!!!!!!...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker--

Monday, May 07, 2007

Michael Buble – Everything

You're a falling star, You're the get away car.
You're the line in the sand when I go too far.
You're the swimming pool, on an August day.
And You're the perfect thing to see.

And you play your card, but it's kinda cute.
Ah, When you smile at me you know exactly what you do.
Baby don't pretend, that you don't know it's true.
Cause you can see it when I look at you.

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, You make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything.

You're a carousel, you're a wishing well,
And you light me up, when you ring my bell.
You're a mystery, you're from outer space,
You're every minute of my everyday.

And I can't believe, uh that I'm your man,
And I get to kiss you baby just because I can.
Whatever comes our way, ah we'll see it through,
And you know that's what our love can do.


So, La, La, La, La, La, La, LaSo, La, La, La, La, La, La, La


I HATE lies..

Big or Small..

Black or White..

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Goal Setting...

Was talking to a buddy of mine recently..
The conversation went something like this...

Buddy: I'm hoping my assingments this year will get me $40,000.
Me: Why $40,000? Go for $100,000!

My rationale:
If you choose not to be like everybody else with an office job..
Then you better aim for a income that is not like everybody else with an office job..
Why go through all the stress and emotional roller-coaster of being being your own boss when you are going for a income like $40,000?
Might as well just find a comfortable job that pays you that amount with probably less stress..
And aiming for $100,000, even if you don't hit, you'd still get $80,000-$90,000.
Not that bad a deal...

I'm not saying employees have less stress...
It's just different kind of stress...
I'm not saying employees aren't earning $100,000 or higher income at this age..
I know of people who do!
One is NOT better/superior than the other..
I'm just referring to the different mindset.. different strategy.. different goal in this game of money..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Money isn't everything.. I'd rather stay in a 4-Star hotel than a 10-star hospital!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Land of Tom Yam...

Picture paints a thousand words..
Only problem is.. We hardly took pictures as we were busy shopping!..
The shopaholic in me was unleashed Haha..

Great trip.. Great bday.. Great companion...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Next stop.. BALI!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Way to a Man's Heart is Through His Stomach..

If ever there was someone the abovementioned phrase was formed for..
It must be me!!
The food doesn't have to be world class..
It's just the effort and love that is put into the cooking..
So heart warming..
So easily bribed Haha..
So easily contented.. With meals cooked.. Soup boiled.. Herbal Soups prepared etc..
-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Ginseng soup for you?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Great Help Indeed!...

Having problems with my laptop's touchpad mouse..
For some reason.. It is not feeling my tender touches Haha...

Anyway, so I was trying to figure out how to solve the problem..
As many of you should know by now.. I'm NO IT genius..
Not even close..
But I believe nobody is stupid enought to go through this nonsense..

After clicking around on the properties of the mouse from control panel..
I finally decided to click "Troubleshoot" and this was what I saw...


Mouse Troubleshooter

What problem are you having?

( ) I'm having a problem with my mouse.



*&^#@%##@!@% I may not be a IT genius.. but don't take me as an idiot! Haha..

If Bill Gates were to be beside me.. I'd probably have threw the lap top at him haha..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Can I offer troubleshooting advice too?!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Blah.. Blah.. Blah...

Some days I feel like a King..
Some days I feel like Shit..
And today definitely does not feel like one of my royal days...
Just where did my crown go?

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Return of the King.. when sunlight hits.. I'm sure..

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My Mum: The Super Woman in disguise!...

Been quite a while since I wanted to make this entry..
But have been real busy and so didn't feel like blogging much..
But here it goes..

Reasons why I feel my mum is a Super Woman in disguise.. (Just a few of many many many reasons):

1) One fine day when I returned home from work.. One cabinet disappeared from the living room.. It's the heavy bulky book shelf kind!.. My mum managed to get rid of it all by herself when I'd think it'd take 2-3 guys to carry it!.. Don't know how she managed to do it!.. She just told me.. Just drag and pull lor.. My gosh!...

2) She has been waking up at 4-5am every morning.. and leaving the house by 530am to head to work.. Before my sis and I started working.. She'd be doing that almost 7 days a week.. and with overtime.. working til about 7pm.. Confirmed superwoman!.. If I can work this kind of hours in my industry.. I'd be a millionaire by now! haha..

3) My mum fractured her wrist recently.. Her hand was in a cast.. But in a few days time.. she was back at doing the laundry, ironing etc.. When I told her to rest and that I will do it.. But she kept saying it's ok.. and did everything when I'm out working... She's simply amazing!!

My mum has set such a high standard! Haha..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Super woman number 2?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Awards Dinner

Attended the Co's Awards Dinner recently at the Swissotel.
Here are some pics.. Don't usually get to "dress up"..
Only for the once-a-year awards dinner such as this
(*fingers crossed* every year continue to qualify Haha..)
So bear with me haha..

Love the Shirt!!

Awards Dinner theme "the ONE"

the BOSS


(with the red audi TT!)

the ONE

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Thanks to all friends and clients who have progressed (and are progressing) with me through my career!!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Quote of the Day...

"LOVE as though you have never been hurt before...
LIVE as though Heaven is on Earth."

Feelings of Bliss..
May it last for a long.. long.. long.. time...
And FOREVER sounds like it's long enough =)

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Blissful...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Conversation of the day..

SuperGal: How come you cut your nails soooo short?

Me: It's a very practical and logical thing to do..

The shorter the nail>> The longer it will need to grow>> The less frequently I will need to cut it.

There you go.. Logical deduction.. Efficiency! Haha...

--Ginseng Tonic Maker-- How short can it go?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Blessing in Disguise?

My first parking ticket while out having lunch with a friend...
Was actually quite amused by it..
Which is weird, as I should be cursing my luck..
Who would have guessed.. Something good actually came out of it..
I placed a small bet on the ticket number for 4D.. and it actually came out as consalation price or smthg.. (I didn't even check.. my mum the superwoman had to tell me haha..)
So technically.. it's a NET PROFIT haha...
That's life isn't it.. You never truly know how it'd turn out..
So when things are going well.. Don't be overly filled with pride..
Likewise when things are not going well.. Don't be overly upset..
So Chin up and Cheer up.. Things can only get better...
-- Ginseng Tonic Maker --

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


There's a incentive trip coming up soon..
An incentive trip from my Manager for hitting last year's goal...

But the problem is.. I don't feel like going..
Because.. I'd rather be working! Haha...
I've been told.. that's probably a sign of workaholism(?)..

I don't know about that.. But maybe of course the trip though is a great token of appreciation from my Manager.. it's not exactly something really great or exciting..
Maybe that explains why I'm not overly excited about it.. and I'd rather be working back here..

Well.. It's NOT like I prefer working to relaxing and going for a short trip out of the country.. But sometimes to to achieve our goals.. Some sacrifices are inevitable..
Otherwise.. Where's the joy and sense of achievement in achieving a goal that is too easily within grasp?

-- Ginsen Tonic Maker -- To go or not to go...

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Absence makes the hearts grow fonder..

But thank goodness there's work to keep people occupied.. So it makes it a lot more bearable =)...

Updates haven't been very regular lately.. Pretty tied up with work.. So be patient.. Patience is a virtue..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Busy.. Busy...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Brave the rain with me..
And I will enjoy the breeze with you forever.."
- Ginseng Tonic Maker

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Fruits of OUR labour.. When it's ripe for the picking...

Quote of the Day...

"If you want to win, you have to pay the price - it's not that complicated."
- Michael Jordan

It really isn't that complicated.

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker --

Friday, February 23, 2007

Office Humour..

Interesting colleague that my friend has..

Incident 1:

Work that is taking too long;

"I didn't clear my work because.....

I'm sentimental....

So I held on to it."

Amazing excuse, isn't it?! Haha.. I think it can be completed faster if her creativity and energy isn't spent on coming up with such a wonderful excuse!

Incident 2:

A half empty bottle of apple juice has been left on the desk for months..
Repeated attempts to "suggest" that it be thrown away failed..
Her reason for doing so..

"I purposely want to leave it there...

So that I can see...

What is growing inside."



-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Thinking TOO out of the box...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Greatest Story Ever Told - Oliver James

Thank u for this moment
I've gotta say how beatuiful you are
Of all the hopes and dreams I could have prayed for
Here you are
If I could have one dance forever
I would take you by the hand
Tonight it's you and I together
I'm so glad I'm your man

And if I lived a thousand years
You know I'd never could explain
The way I lost my heart to you that day
But if destiny decided I should look the other way
Then the world would never know
The greatest story ever told
And did I tell you that I love you tonight

I don't hear the music
When I'm looking in you eyes
But I feal the rythm of your body close to mine
It's the way we touch that sends me
It's the way we'll always be
Your kiss your pretty smile you know I die for
Oh baby You are all I need

And if i lived a thousand years you know I'd never could explain
The way I lost my heart to you that day
But if destiny decided I should look the other way
Then the world would never know
The greatest story ever told
And did I tell you that I love you just how mutch I really need you
Did I tell you that I love you tonight

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Miss.. Miss...
PS: Tks Enjelyn for the music =)

It's the only way I know..

A friend mentioned.. Something along the line of me being overly in love and plunging in whole heartedly when I'm in a relationship..
He mentioned it more out of concern.. after what had happened when I went through shit..
Well, I do appreciate it..
But when I'm in a relationship.. That's the only way I know... And that's the only way I want it to be..
Because I give it my all in things that are important to me.. Why else would I want to be in a relationship then?

-- Ginsent Tonic Maker -- Give it my all.. Or not at all...

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year!

Me: I'm not getting the CNY mood...
Friend: I only get the CNY mood when I'm in my uncle's car..
Me: Huh?.. Why?..
Friend: Coz my uncle will be blasting CNY songs in his car!!

And there you go people.. The magic of getting into the CNY mood!...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Dong Dong Dong Chiang.. Dong Dong Dong Chiang...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

"Forever sounds good..."
The sweetest thing I heard.. in a long long time...
For some reason.. My post has not been uploaded although I can see it.. Looks like patience have to be needed for the next post... Akan Datang...
Quote of the Day

"Sometimes all that happens when your dream comes true..
Is a slow, melting realisation that it wasn't what you thought."

Another notable quote from Mitch Albom's For One More Day..
Quite a scary thought isn't it?..
I've always loved his books because sometimes we can be so focused on pursuing careers.. success.. status.. that we lose sight of life and what's important around us like our loved ones..
His books help to put things in perspective.. and get you to reflect on life..

With reference to the above quote though.. Which do you think is worse.. For you to achieve your dream and realise it isn't what you thought?.. Or for you to never achieve your dream and wonder what it could have been?..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Never believe in what if...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Sometimes all that happens when your dream comes true..
Is a slow, melting realisation that it wasn't what you thought."

Another notable quote from Mitch Albom's For One More Day..
Quite a scary thought isn't it..
I've always loved his books because sometimes we can be so focused on pursuing careers.. success.. status.. that we lose sight of life and what's important around us like our loved ones..
His books help to put things in perspective.. and get you to reflect on life..

With reference to the above quote though..
Which do you think is worse..
For you to achieve your dream and realise it isn't what you thought?..
Or for you to never achieve your dream and wonder what it could have been?..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Never believe in what if...

Friday, February 09, 2007

Comment as left by Penny...

"Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad... but it' s the middle that counts."

--Ginseng Tonic Maker-- Pls let the middle continue forever..

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fair-Weather Fans (Friends/ Girlfriends/ Spouses etc..)

Did you see on the news.. how many fans there were at the airport to receive the national soccer team back from their ASEAN cup triumph?

Would you feel happy if you were one of the players?..
I think I would feel disgusted..
Where were the fans when the team was losing.. and going through a rough patch?.. Where were the fans when the team was leaving for the tournament?..

Just like fans.. Friends are the same.. The ones that were with you when you are down.. The ones that were there to support you and encourage you when you were starting out and struggling.. These are the friendships and brotherhood that is sealed for life!..

And it's friends..brothers.. girlfriend.. spouse.. loved ones.. that helped you along the way.. that you remember and treasure.. that you would love to enjoy your success with in future... the ones that really stuck with you.. through thick and thin...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Die hard fans.. the only fans you need!..

Monday, February 05, 2007


Was out for dinner at Ichiban Sushi today when we came across the above mentioned title on the menu..
Hmm... Is it prononced the way I think it is?...
I dare you to try this the next time when you dine at Ichiban Sushi..
Shout your order across the restaurant to a waiter/waitress..

"Hey you.. Kaminabe.."

Haha.. LAME.. I know.. must be the weather.. or the time.. or maybe.. it's juz me haha...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker --

Friday, January 26, 2007

For One More Day

Another great book by Mitch Albom. This book is about life and death (actually come to think of it.. so are the other 2 haha...) His books are one of the few that really makes it very difficult for you to put down. Great stories about love and life. Simple and easy to read..

Was out of town to Sunway for my organisation's planning retreat.. I hate taking those long coach rides up Malaysia.. Worry over toilet breaks.. Long and tiring journey.. Tired but can't really sleep.. And after a while.. Every position is uncomfortable.. The only good thing is.. I can catch up on some reading..

I have a habit of writing down notes/quotes/phrases that I find meaningful as I read.. This paragraph in the first few pages of the book.. I can so relate to it (unfortunately)..

"Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation,
one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever?"

Life and Death.. Part and parcel of life.. A very sad part..
So show your love to the people that matters.. EVERYDAY..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- More to come.. Good book.. Buy it!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Eat... Eat... Eat...

It feels like I've been eating non-stop because

(1) Gathering with friends now are usually makan sessions for a variety of reasons.. Mainly:
a) To cater to the different knock-off timings where the early birds can eat away first..
b) Makan sessions make chit chat sessions possible (unlike movie sessions)..
c) Too tired/lazy to go clubbing (where again you can't chat)..

(2) I eat when I'm feeling
a) Stressed
b) Upset

Just had some bread... and finished like half a litre of fruit juice.. and I'm not even hungry!...
At this rate that I'm going coupled with a lack of exercise.. I'm going to be one big huggable teddy bear by the end of the year..
Cut down food intake.. Increase activities to burn fats!...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- No sleepless night please...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

But all endings are also beginnings...

Checked out a friend's blog today.. And was reminded of a book I read some time back.. the five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom.

"But all endings are also beginnings.
We just don't know it at the time."

It is sooooo true, don't you think?
In almost everything.. Life and Death.. Careers.. Schools.. Relationships..
One simple phrase.. Many applications..
All beginnings have endings..
But please let the new beginning have a happy ending..

I love his books starting with Tuesdays with Morrie..
His books are very "intense" and "emotional" (for a lack of a better word due to my limited vocab haha...)
Next on the list For One More Day (if i remember correctly).. Gotta find time for it.. Once I get my hands on it..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Happy Ending for the vulnerable me, please..

Monday, January 15, 2007

Now Playing..

Now playing BEAUTIFUL by Kelvin Fok..
a talented 20yr old SINGAPOREAN guy
First heard on a friend's blog..
Check him out at:


I dont know
If Im the one for you in this life
I cant help
Hearing my voice calling your name
Cuz when I
Trying so hard not to look in your eyes
Maybe I
Have fallen in love with you

Well tonight
Maybe this time I can hear your breathe
Its alive
To see you smile with those tears in your eyes
They may say
That youre just a girl in this spinning world
In my heart
Youre like the world to me

Touch my hand; feel my heart
Hold me close and Youll find me
Youll find me

I cant so describe
How I feeling deep inside
So much more than I can say
With your touch it feels so right
Oh my, youre so near
All the time in this place
For I know in my heart
Ill never let you go
In this lifetime
Do you know why oh baby
Cus youre just so
Beautiful to me

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- ZzZZZZzzzzZzzz

I really should be sleeping now.. It's a long day tmr..
But I think it's going to be another sleepless night..
Haven't felt this shitty in a long while..
And something I read in the papers today just keep going through my head right now..

"In business, you can plan and strategise, but with women, it's just impossible!"

A little trust with a whole lot of faith.. A little trust with a whole lot of faith.. A little trust with a whole lot of faith.. A little trust with a whole lof of faith.. A little trust with a whole lot of faith..

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Mood right now: ...................

Saturday, January 13, 2007

(Hidden) Conversation of the Day

A: Why do you keep asking me about something you don't want to know?

B (Hidden): Because it'd really delight me =)

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- REMEMBER to keep trying.. and then try somemore!

Coming to a blog near you: My Mum: The Superwoman in disguise
(When I find the time/mood hehe..)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Child In Me

For those who were concerned.. And who even knew I was sick..
Thanks for the concern.. I'm feeling a whole lot better already..
But it's just a cold.. Relax.. Though I did feel very weak..
Or maybe it was the drowsiness from the medicine.. I can't really tell haha..

The few days that I was sick.. I've realised.. The child in me is dying to break free...
That's the time when I feel like a small kid all over again..
When all I want and need is just to snuggle up and be patted to sleep like a small kid all over again...
Many... Many... Many years ago...

And that doesn't happen very often.. Because I've always been told.. That I'm too mature for my age.. Too mature for my own good.. And I should really learn to RELAX...

But I definitely don't mind.. being pampered like a small kid again... ONCE IN A WHILE...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- I want to snuggle up all day long...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Sick >> Rest >> GOOD

Sick >> Weak >> NO GOOD

Sick >> Time for Kopi while reading the newspapers >> HEAVEN

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Simple things that make life great!

Monday, January 08, 2007


First week into the new year and I'm sick..
Probably due to all the stress and running around in Dec..
Not that I consider it a bad start to the year..
I see it more like the body needs some rest..

My body is pretty much a clock work when it comes to falling sick..
From days in the uni.. I always fall sick after each semester exams..
So that was like twice a year...
Now the stressful time is only once a year.. So maybe that will mean I only fall sick once a year? haha..

Thankfully though, it didn't feel like I wasted my days away (except for today where I just slept the whole day)..
Finally got the filing done... THANK YOU!

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- More ginseng please..

Friday, January 05, 2007

IQ Question

How many people does it take to cut some Ham?

As proven during a X'mas gathering...


ONE who actually does the cutting
THREE to point, look and instruct (Eye power!)
ONE who is actually bo liao enough to take a pic... (That's ME!)

PS: Finally the pic is up...

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Efficiency.. Hahaha...

Conversation of the Day..

Me: I've not done anything to IT since I collected IT.. Haven't washed.. Didn't modify.. Haven't buy any accessories or whatsoever..

Cousin: You think you ride horse ah?.. Even horse also you need to feed and groom..

Me: It's fine with me as long as it can still move!

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- Zoom-Zoom...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year!

2007 has got to be BETTER.. It better be!

-- Ginseng Tonic Maker -- How did 2006 go by so fast? Wasted my life for 3 months.. That's how..