Penzu still surviving

Ever since the founder left Penzu in 2016, there are limited online activities from the company.

Their Facebook Page and Twitter have no much activity since 2016. This lead us to thinking whether the company is financial viable.

Technical Support for Penzu Pro User

Penzu is not replying to the paid subscribers in a timely manner. The response may stretch more than 7 days.

You will also notice that the website is not getting the upgrade as fast as Word Press. The FAQ is also very limited with no expansion.

This is a concern for the users as you do not know when they will stop the service. You may lose precious journal/dairy entries which you may have recorded over the years.

We can only cross our fingers and hope they will informed us in advance if they are closing down.


Open Electricity Market Update 1

Open Electricity Market (OEM) is now open for registration for Jurong to Yishun consumers!

Timeline of rollout:
Apr 2018: Jurong – Postal  60,61,62,63,64
Nov 2018 : Bt Batok, Bt Timah, Woodlands, CCK-Yishun-Sembawang- Postal 58-78
From Jan 2019: Postal codes 53-57, 79-80, 82-83
From Mar 2019: Postal codes 34-52, 81
From May 2019: Postal codes 01-33

Please read the following Facts
#1 It is not compulsory for you to switch to a retailer. You can remain with SP Group to buy electricity at the regulated tariff if you prefer to do so.

#2 Electricity is produced by the power generation companies. SP Group then transmits and distributes it to consumers through the national power grid. Your electricity supply stays the same whether you switch to a retailer or not. This is because SP Group will continue to operate the national power grid and deliver electricity to everyone.

#3 Read the fine prints before signing up, some retailers charge miscellaneous fees such as retail service fee or paper bill fee. Please DO read very carefully before signing up and read the fine prints!

#4 The SP current tariff are as below:
** Prices are before GST 7%**
S$0.2413/kWh – 2018 Oct-Dec
S$0.2365/kWh – 2018 Jul-Sep
S$0.2215/kWh – 2018 Apr-Jun

#5 Before you decide on which retailer, first ask yourself do you want to receive the same SP paper bill even after switching to a retailer? Some retailers has SP integrated paper bill while the rest uses own e-billing. Retailers that use SP integrated billing are Ohm, Tuas Power, Red Dot Power and Best Electricity. 

Price Comparisons between retailers

Ohm Energy
1) [Fixed Ohm] Fixed $0.1695/kWh (24mth) | $0.1830/kWh (12mth) | $0.1870/kWh (6mth)
2) [Simply Ohm] Fixed $0.1675/kWh +$10/mth (No contract)
3) [Market Ohm] Wholesale USEP + third-party charges (no contract)
4) [Discount Ohm] 20% off (6mth) | 22% off (12mth)
^PM me for Ohm promo code to receive $20 credits for bill rebate.

1) [Good Night] $0.145/kWh off peak (12am-6am) / $0.215/kWh peak (6am-12am) (24mths)
2) Fixed $0.181/kWh (12mths) | $0.168/kwh (24 | 36 mths)
3) Discount 21% off (24mths)
4) Trial Discount 23.8% off (6mths)

Keppel Electric
1) DOT: 21% (24mth)  
2) Fixed: $0.168/kwh (24mths) | $0.173/kwh (12mths) | $0.176/kwh (6mths)
3) Knight: (Peak: 7am-11pm; $0.1880/kwh) / (Off-Peak: 11pm-7am; $0.1538KWh (24mths)

Tuas Power
1) Fixed $0.168/kWh (36mth) | $0.18/kWh (25mths | 18 mths)
2) 21% (24mth) | 18% (6mth)
3) [Peak Periods (7am-7pm)20.2 cents/kWh] [Off-Peak Periods (7pm-7am)
19.0 cents/KWh]

Best Electricity (Prime)
1) Cash rebate (3mths avg usage*$1.07). Price same as SP Tariff (24mths)
2) 21 off (24mths) | 15% off (12mths)
3) Fixed $0.181/kWh (24mth)

Sembcorp Power
1) Fixed $0.1735/kwh (12mth) | $0.168/kwh (24mth)
2) 21% discount (12mth) | 21.8% discount (24mth)
3) Flat Fee 450 (12 mth) – $79.90/mth @ 450kwh (10% off thereafter)
4) Flat Fee 450 (24mth) – $76.90/mth @ 450kwh (10% off thereafter)
5) Flat Fee 300 (12mth) – $52.90/mth @ 300kWh (10% off thereafter)

1) 21% Discount (24mth) | 20% (12mth)
2) Free iPad & 5% Discount (36mths)
3) Fixed $0.172/kWh (24mth)
4) Fixed $0.169/kWh first 3 mths, thereafter $0.18083/kWh for 21 mth (24mths)

1) 21% discount (24mth & 12 mth)
2) $0.1679/kWh (24mth) | $0.1783/kWh (12mth)
3) Peak 16%, Off-Peak 26% (12mth & 24mth) 
*peak 7am – 11pm
off-peak 11pm – 7am

Senoko Energy
1) 14.5% Discount (12mth) | 17.25% Discount (24 mth)
2) Fixed $0.177/kWh (12mth) | $0.1677/kWh (24mth)

1) Discount (6mth) [23%]
2) Discount (12mth) [23% 1st 6mth, next 6 mth 16.2%]
3) Discount (24mth) [25% 1st 6mth, next 18 mth 19.1%]
4) Fixed (6 mth) [$0.1685/kWh)
5) Fixed (12 mth) [$0.1685/kWh 1st 6mth, next 6 mth $0.2042/kWh]
6) Fixed (24mth) [$0.1685/kWh 1st 6mth, next 18 mth $$0.1928/kWh]

Union Power
1) Fixed $0.1757/kWh (24mth)
2) Discount 21% (24 mth)

Diamond Electric
1) Discount 22.5% (12mth) | 20.5% (6mth)

ES Power Singapore
1) Fixed $0.174/kWh (12mth)
2) Fixed $0.176/kWh (24mth)

Retailers that are only serving the Jurong market
Red Dot Power
Sun Electric
Hyflux Energy
**they do not accept new sign ups

Retailers that exited residential market

Updated as of: 9 Dec 2018
Information extracted from Hardware Zone Forum (Jurong640)


Inside the hospital mortuary, lessons in life and death – Channel NewsAsia

It is only staffs whom work in the hospital understand the end of life operations. We need to ensure the patient die with dignity and be able to be with their loved ones.

There are many stories behind a death which we may not be exposed to.

Source: Inside the hospital mortuary, lessons in life and death – Channel NewsAsia


EduSave Bursary for Amelia

Amelia had been trying her best in achieving good academic result. Although, she is in normal academic but I still proud of her. She had qualify for the bursary this year again and she felt very happy about her achievement.

I will let her talent and academic progress takes it own course. It is not necessary to give her too much stress. As parent, we want the best so that she can have a stable job in the future.

Students themselves will also feel the status difference between a Express and Normal Academic student. Teachers are still treating Express students better and this stigma will not change anytime soon.

I believe everyone will have their own talents regardless of their academic results. We will excel in some ways and survive in Singapore society.


Blk 673 Pump Room Alarm

The alarm was trigger at about 610am his morning. It is bearable for me as I can hear it if I am at the living room. I think it will affect level 2 to 5 more for those that live directly above the pump room like mine. Hence, I decided to call the EMU this morning (620am) so that the technician can investigate the problem further.

The alarm stop ringing at 640am.


BLk 673 Pump Room Alarm

The alarm had went off this morning after 7am when I was about to went to work. I have send a email to Sembawang Town Council in the morning. They have checked and rectified the matter according to their email update at 5pm.

The alarm occur again after 9pm and stopped at 920pm.

I have send an email to the town council as this may be an intermittent alarm with the system.


Day 6 Sneaker Street

We visited the Sneaker Street (75 Fa Yuen Street) to buy shoes. This is a shoe shopping heaven where you will definitely find a item that suit your budget.

All the shoe stores are line up side by side. The shoppers will be spoilt for choice and thus you may need to spend some time walking through all the stores.

The nearest MTR is Mongkok station. Look out for the exit leading to Fa Yuen Street. It is at 75 Fa Yuen Street and Google Map will be your Best Friend to lead you there.

Queensway shopping in Singapore also have multiple shoe shops co-located together. But it is too old and out of touch with the tourists and local due to their location.


HongKong Victoria Peak

The Victoria Peak has attracted millions of visitors worldwide. This is despite the long queues for the tram and buses that bring all the visitors up the hill.

The night view of the HongKong City from Victoria Peak.

My camera is only iPhone 7 and may not be as stunning as those taken by the Canon or Nikon DSLR.

This time round for transport, I have choose bus as my mode of transport. You can take bus number 15 at the Star Ferry, Central Pier. Going up is not an issue if you started your journey at the Star Ferry, Central Pier. You will find that the bus will be full after the Exchange Terminus during the holiday season (Nov and Dec). It will not take up passengers en-route if the bus is full.

But coming down at 7pm is going to be an issue as many people are coming down at the same time after watching the night skyline.

The frequency is quite long at 15 to 30 mins. Although the website write 10 to 15 minutes but the wait is longer.

Plan carefully your transport plan or just be patient. Hope you will enjoy the Victoria Peak night view.


Cathay Pacific Name Correction

I have make a minor mistake when booking for my daughter ticket. One of the character was misspelt and this lesson cost me $70. I have bought from Cathay Pacific agent, Zuji. Cathay Pacific was unable to do the changes within one working day even though Zuji had informed them.

At Changi Airport Terminal 4, I can actually change it for free. The inconvenience is I cannot do auto check in but need the staff to endorse on the ticket for the spelling mistake.

But anywhere, I have pay for it and therefore I expect the airline to do the name correction for me before I fly out of HongKong.


A Confused Society



F: You look Chinese.

*S: I am a Singaporean.*

F: But you look Chinese.

*S: I am a Chinese Singaporean / I am a Singaporean Chinese.*

F: So do you speak Chinese?

*S: Yes, but not fluent.*

F: But you are a Chinese.

*S: I am a Singaporean Chinese, not Chinese from China.*

F: So you are not a Chinese?

*S: I am not Chinese from China.*

F: But your great grandfather is from China?

*S: Yes, but I was born in Singapore, so I am a Singaporean Chinese.*

F: So your great grandfather speaks Chinese?

*S: He speaks dialect.*

F: Do you speak dialect?

*S: No, I don’t.*

F: Why not?

*S: Because our country has a Speak Mandarin campaign that is so successful that the new generation practically do not speak dialect anymore.*

F: So you should speak very fluent Mandarin since it’s so successful?

*S: No. That campaign was effective before, but not anymore.*

F: Why?

*S: Because most people speak English nowadays. We have a Speak Good English campaign.*

F: So English is your National Language?

*S: No!*

F: So what is the National Language of Singapore?

*S: Malay.*

F: What?

*S: Yes, Malay!*

F: Do you speak Malay?

*S: No.*

F: Why not?

*S: Because I am not Malay.*

F: Then why is your National Language Malay?

*S: That’s another long history lesson.*

F: So your National Language is Malay and nobody speak it?

*S: The Malays speak Malay. That’s their mother tongue. We have 4 races: Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Each speaks their own mother tongue.*

F: So your mother tongue is Chinese?

*S: Yes.*

F: But you can’t speak it fluently?

*S: Yes.*

F: Does the Malay or Indian speak fluent mother tongue?

*S: More fluent than the Chinese speaking Chinese I supposed.*

F: Why?

*S: Because that’s their mother tongue.*

F: Then why can’t the Chinese?

*S: Because we speak English mainly in school.*

F: I last heard that Singapore has a bilingual policy.

*S: Yes, we have, we do learn mother tongue in school.*

F: But you cannot speak Chinese fluently.

*S: Yes.*

F: Why?

*S: Because our country’s working language is mainly English, there is not much places to use the language, perhaps only with our grandparents and when we buy things in the market.*

F: Then how is that bilingual?

*S: I don’t know.*

F: So you are a Singaporean Chinese who can’t speak your National Language, and cannot speak your mother tongue fluently and can only communicate in English with a strange accent.

*S: What’s wrong with my accent?*

F: I don’t know, it is just weird.

*S: Does it sound British or American?*

F: Neither, I thought you should sound British since you have been colonized before?

*S: No, that was long long time ago, dude.*

F: How come you try to sound American?

*S: Because I watch alot of Hollywood movies.*

F: Your English still sounds weird.

*S: Oh, we call it Singlish.*

F: So what are you really?

*S: I am a Singaporean!*

This is an extract from my friend, Simon on WhatsApp.


Woodlands Ring Road Accident

Drivers need to pay attention when driving on Woodlands Ring Road towards Woodlands Drive 71. There is no divider on the road except for the lines drawn on the road.

Watch the video on how the driver just went straight and end up causing multiple accident. All the injured was convey conscious to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Many Food Panda drivers on this road ever since Kampung Admiralty was built up. It is a concentration point as there are many food outlets here.

I wished the injured parties will have a speedy recovery.