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Mom passed away 28May2017, 1729hrs, age 63, at TTSH SICU, in the company of dear family and friends.

Born 02Oct1953 to a middle class Chinese family, Mom spent her formative years at Adam Road with her 5 siblings. Her own mother passed away when she was 14 years old, so aunt (her elder sister) became the mother figure of the family. Mom and Dad met in 1972 during their Nanyang University course, when she was 19 and he was 22. Dad dropped out after his sophomore year, whilst Mom joined the civil service 28July1975 after university - a job that she would eventually contribute nearly 42 years of loyal and astute stewardship right up to her passing. It was her first and only job with the Singapore Government. Mom and Dad married 28Jun1978. My elder brother Zhong Cai was born 21May1981; I was born 06May1985; and my younger brother Zhong Qin born 16Apr1987.

jun 5 2017 ∞
jun 7 2017 +
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects - Neil MacGregor
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath - Paul Ham
  • Chinese Security Policy: Structure Power and Politics - Robert S Ross
  • Imagining Tibet: Perceptions, Projections, and Fantasies - Thierry Dodin, Heinz Räther
  • When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order - Martin Jacques
  • The Origins of Political Order : from prehuman times to the French Revolution - Francis Fukuyama
  • China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image - Juan Pablo Cardenal & Heriberto Araújo
  • 杨继绳 - 墓碑. Tombstone - The Untol...
jan 5 2017 ∞
jun 18 2017 +
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My Vinyls



  • A Far East Fantady In Latin Dance Rhythm
  • Abba - Arrival
  • ABBA - Live At Wembley Stadium
  • Al Stewart - Year of The Cat
  • American Top Disco Journey 7
  • Amormio's Christmas Album
  • Arcade Fire - Funeral
  • Arcade Fire - Reflector
  • Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not
  • Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
  • Abba - The Best of Abba



  • B.T.Express - Do It 'Til You're Satisfied...
may 10 2017 ∞
jun 22 2017 +
  • ah gong had worked in a sawmill for several years during the 1960s. little did he know that it would caused him dearly in the future. the sawdust that he had inhaled would eventually cloughed up his lungs, and caused his tuberculosis. the neighbourhood polyclinic recommended him to take daily injections as necessary preventive measures, which he didn't follow through. soon after, ah gong had to undergo a surgery at TTSH to remove his entire right lung. the operation took 8hours, and it wasn't like the keyhole surgeries we had today - it involved dissecting the entire right side of his rib cage. as a testament to the complexity of the surgery, ah gong had to be warded in the hospital for 5 months thereafter! dad, then a teenager in secondary school, found it difficult to explain to ah mah the horrifying scene he saw at the ward - the entire bed ah go...
may 9 2017 ∞
may 9 2017 +

Books read in 2016

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
  • Sun Yat-sen - Marie-Claire Bergere ; translated from the French by Janet Lloyd
  • Social structure & mobility in economic development - Seymour Martin Lipset, Neil Smelser
  • The contexts of social mobility : ideology and theory - Anselm Strauss
  • Why fight poverty? - Julia Unwin
  • Civilization : the West and the rest - Niall Ferguson
  • Stuffocation : living more with less - James Wallman
  • The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies? - Jared Diamond
  • Engineers of victory : the problem solvers who turned the tide in the Second World...
nov 7 2016 ∞
jan 5 2017 +
  • bought our first flat. beautifully renovated. near both our parents. proximity to train stations and amenities is unbeatable. love our house. built a nice home gym too - which i hope to ultilise more.
  • travelling - osaka, kyoto. london, sicily, malta. phnom penh, sihanoukville, kampot, kep. couple of short trips to JB and KL too haha.
  • visited Kasau significantly more this year. especially since moving to Cck.
  • rekindled some old friendships, especially meeting friends during lunchtime.
  • started playing my vinyl collection finally! 3 years after baltimore. thank u Zq for the vinyl player, amp and speakers!! cleaning up dad's and daddy bin's old vinyls and excavated many gems, fuckyea
  • grew my stock portfolio to approximately 15k sgd. dividends about 250sgd so far. brick by brick... that one good trade on D...
dec 16 2016 ∞
feb 17 2017 +
  • got married to this amazing girl :) awesome wedding; photo exhibition was too beautiful.
  • retrenchment was the best thing that ever happened to me. finally, i have a clean break with the organization. i am glad that i've done the best of my abilities, but it's time to move on. thank you for the severance too. i truly appreciate it.
  • found a new job! after 30 interviews. can't believe it took so long. i was this close to having a nervous breakdown.
  • going to places.. bali, jogja (mount merbabu). hanging out with kx, and cw.
  • roadtrip around southeast asia coming up!
  • new toys.. ipad nano, petzl sama. new clothes for ah bui. new undies.
  • putting my go pro, and rangefinder into good use finally.
  • going to the gym, swimming more regularly. getting into shape. and having my first...
apr 29 2015 ∞
dec 18 2015 +