Monday, March 30, 2015

Temptation of Reward

The long wait has ended. Many times I thought I would not last, but I did. And now that the moment is finally here, I am torn on whether to go ahead with what I had planned or just continue on and bear with the situation just for the reward.

I know no one can actually guarantee that the reward would be the same every year, but it is very tempting to assume nevertheless. My personal track record has shown improvement in the two years I've been eligible for bonus and increment. 

It is funny that I was so set on moving on and all this resolve was so intense while I was in a state of anger. But now when things are going fairly quieter, I am double guessing myself. But a part of me still wants to try. Like a last try before I decide whether to settle into this line. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Endings - A Poppy Tail

Poppy came to us as Puppy, a young but fully grown mixed breed. One of the neighbourhood dogs whom appeared out of a sudden and created quite an impression on the residents. She was the neighbourhood rat catcher and in return some of us would feed her and give her the occasional pat.

As with many of the dogs in our lives, she literally crawled into our lives. Starting with daily visits to our gate with friendly smiles duly rewarded by treats and meals. When we were sure she was tame enough, we invited her into our garden and she was more than willing to stay locked in. Her wild side would occasionally come calling and she found her way out by digging under the wire fence. It puzzled us initially until we peeped on her in the act. Of course we quickly rectified that loophole so that she and other dogs wouldn't be able to come in and out as they wished.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Benefits of Singledom

Chinese New Year means family reunions and the expected small talk and asking when is your turn. But let's look at the brighter side! Ang pow abundance for the unattached! ;)

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Lunar New Year Ang Pow

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Dress - I see Blue and Black!

So this dress has broke the Internet.

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Screenshot of the dress
I first saw this dress on my FB feed where Business Insider had an article on it and then few posts down, Mashable had covered the same dress. I clicked the link out of curiosity from the title "dress" and "viral". What was the big deal with this dress? It doesn't even look stunning or professionally taken.

No matter how I look at it - at different angles, different devices, different screen brightness, different distances, refreshing the page - I still see it as blue and black! And not a hint of white and gold! I sent the link to one of my group chats and some saw it as white and gold while most of us saw blue and black. A slew of debate followed.

I showed it to my family and they saw it as white and gold. This was getting a bit creepy. We can't trust our eyes now?

Long story short, the real dress was indeed blue and black, according to the reports. It is plain to see that the lighting in the photo was dubious and it seems to be washed out (overexposure). Many versions of explanations popped out and I'm not too sure which is true - left/right brain activity, sensitivity of rod and cone receptors on our retinas, split second decision of the brain. Apparently in one article, 3/4 saw the dress as white and gold while the rest saw blue and black.

Funny how non-important stuff like this can garner such a crowd in a short span of time. For the record, I see the dress as blue and black, 100% of the time!