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Legend – One Word Prompt

Legend has it that Satan exists…the Bible speaks of Lucifer a.k.a Satan.

In lil red dot we make fun of Satan by addressing him as Mr S.A Tan.

Tan is a common surname or last name and whoever the Singaporean who invented this has a funny bone indeed!

Satan or devil…I think it is the same person referred to.

Devil is less omnimous I feel as parents term their lil tots as lil devils…plus the cartoon character of Hot Stuff, a devil who wears a diaper and carries a trident or a prong. Way cute!

I think Santa Claus is also a legend though St Nicholas may be real as canonised as a saint.

I am unsure if he is officially Santa Claus though.

During advent, there are heaps of jokes on Santa…legendary or otherwise, Santa gives kids hope of presents as long as they behave 😉

For me…Santa gives me huge guffaws!!🤣


It Is Thursday Lunch Time…

I am bored at work. Why?

I am due to be in Bates Motel on Sunday and yet Dowager has loaded me so kindly with more things on my to do list.

I have ploughed through most of it – thankfully, I have lightning speed for work but tend to slow down to let her keep pace else she thinks I am so fast, why not give her more!

No one rewards me for more work done – if I do Class A grade work, I will be shooting self in the foot. With the likes of old fogey mindsets here, it will just invite more trouble for self. So, I learn and I will pace self.

My schedule is packed solid with errands.

Doctors for self, doctors for mum and sorting out pills in apportioned dosage for dad (*I could kick his ass really as he does not want to apply himself. He told me that he deliberately does not want to engage his mind so that he has no worries!)

Selfish is the word that pops to my head! Aargh! If he helps, I can at least have lesser errands to run. Maybe it is his way of wanting to make my life a big tougher. Hmm!

Anyway, I do what is required – lesser angst for me and the faster I clear these errands, I will not have a back log!

Renovations for my parents new unit will complete in second week of January and then will take a load off my mind really!

I took time to pound on my keyboard to let the Duke of Yore know that the people I have met for the transaction of the new unit, handing over of unit and defects work have been very kind. My intent was to thank those who really helped me as without them, the process would have been ulcerating.

It is easy to complain but harder to compliment and I was glad that the Duke Of Yore filtered my comments down to the head honchos of the minions working in that government agency.

Minions called me this morning to thank me and I was happy for them – this means a lot to them for their career progression as well as performance bonuses!

I like doing such things! It makes me happy LOL! It balances the angst or frustration from family ties!

Aah well…my sandwich is ‘alive’ – meaning I bought sausage buns and immediately put it in the fridge and after day 5, it is edible and I polished it off in seconds.

Back to the grind now as my lunch break is over soon – Dowager now wants me to review 2016 figures and compare with 2017 figures….this is her request on the eve of Friday, my last working day before I get incarcerated in Bates Motel on Sunday!

Sheesh! How is that for compassion! Plus I am still a cat on a hot tin roof….waiting for Dowager’s assessment of my work. Grrr if she pins it down to me that I have not done a good job, then I will be irate!

Enjoy your day folks!


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CM’s Food Porn Series #8 – Bird’s Nest Soup

Classmate hails from a Cantonese dialect group. Like any typical Cantonese, he believes in tonics and brews for health.

One such tonic is Bird Nest Soup that is made from bird nests of Swiftlets either farmed in houses or from the caves of Sarawak.

Bird’s nest is made from the saliva of Swiftlets to glue nests with feathers. This is a pricless tonic as the entire nest had to be rid of twigs or feathers through a cleaning cum bleaching exercise before the nests are chunked for sale at easily thousands of dollars a tael should it be “blood nests” or superb quality bird’s nest.

Cooked and eaten with durian…aargh!

Sold in Chinese Medical Shops by grams, they are packed in boxes.

The cheaper version is the odds and ends that do not come out as a chunk but in loose chips.

CM bought both as he said it could be used in different kind of soups for desserts.

Bird Nest Soup is usually double boiled for hours in a crock pot and sweetened with rock sugar and red dates.

The latest concotion CM did was to boil the loose chips and add durian! Ugh! This is really unhealthy!


Inheritance – One Word Prompt

What’s to fight over inheritance,

When inheritance is pittance?

There’s plenty to fight for inheritance, 

When there’s wealth for deliverance!

Greed mars one’s view of inheritance, 

More for one, lesser or none for others 

– no hesitance.

Some retire on inheritance,

Others cause family to come asunder!

What price to pay for inheritance?


Waiting To Be “Judged” For Work

I am like a cat on a hot tin roof! I am due to be assessed for my performance at work and am told that I am “on hold” as Dowager has to monitor the stock market to offload shares!

Gee, first I am like a circus animal waiting for ring master to tell me what is my next act and if I did it right, sans whiskers caught in a ring of fire perhaps or if I behaved well in my corner.

Sigh! All these circus acts are ridiculous and even though I am in HR, this is still ridiculous. If any minion does the work expected and clocks in daily for the last 6 months, surely this minion has survived the rigours of test of time?

In most companies, minion roles undergo 3 months of minion probation. For senior management, it is 6 months. I assure you, I am a mere minion but yet I have to outwit, outplay and survive.

Aah well… I guess I will survive as they say or they would have booted me out. I just hope Dowager has something nice or kind to say! With all past overbearing evil lords, I have had not the best of luck. Still, like a circus animal, I wait as I lick my paws LOL!

Last night, I took mum and dad out for Kentucky Fried Chicken. This is not healthy but once in a while, I do get there for a lil indulgence as they both do enjoy this.

It was rainy and it was a good outing as we laughed and I updated my folks on progress of the renovation works and paperwork to do! The list is a long one I explained to them but I must keep track else I forget or omit stuff.

For the first time, I heard Dad commenting that his other 2 have not helped in any way for this move or contributed in a commitment to be there on day of the move. Dad would never tell his 2 favorites, ak.a. children, any adverse comment in their faces but I knew he was a little hurt. Perhaps he finally understands the hoops I jump through and the issues I face over and above work, personal health challenges and assisting them whenever I can 100% of the time.

It was a good feeling….though I wished Dad would have the guts to chide his 2 favorites in their faces for once, telling them how selfish they both individually are.

Mum knows. Like me, mum is verbose and direct. We say it as we see it and this explains why we are never anyone’s favorite! LOL!

Meanwhile I await judgement from “Judge” Dowager on my minion work……



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Risk Management During Christmas – A Fun Look…


Please be advised that all employees planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety of open sleighs. This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are multiple passengers. Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.

Benches, stools and orthopedic chairs are now available for collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks at night.

While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation hut, all facility users are reminded that an emergency response plan must be submitted to account for known risks to the flocks. The angel of the Lord is additionally reminded that prior to shining his/her glory all around s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.

Following last year’s well publicised case, everyone is advised that EC legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr. R Reindeer from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence.

While it is acknowledged that gift-bearing is commonly practised in various parts of the world, everyone is reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded under provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Further, caution is advised regarding other common gifts, such as aromatic resins that may initiate allergic reactions.

Finally, in the recent case of the infant found tucked up in a manger without any crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will be arriving shortly.

Compliance of these guidelines is advised in order for you to fully participate with the festive spirit.


Risk Management Team….:)….:)