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The Serial Killer — Part 3

Wow! She is driving a sporty car. I wonder if she is as sporting as the car. By the way, my car model is the same as hers.

After being briefed by the HR personnel, my manager brings me to the department. She is in the same department too. What a coincidence. Though she is small in size, but that does not make her less sporting. She is always cheerful and helpful. Best of all, she does not have a boyfriend.

I purposely let other female colleagues know that I have a crush on her. She must have known it by now. I want to show her how manly I am. I help her whenever I can and spend time with her whenever I can. She smiles more towards me. It is a good sign.

Still, there is no improvement on the love relationship. I wonder why. Is she too shy? Girls are generally shy in this aspect. They want boys to take the initiative. Maybe I should take the initiative to ask her out.

“Hissss…” the smoke in the dustbin is slowly dying out. She pours water on the smoke! How can she do that? I am talking to other male colleagues and enjoying our smoking time outside our office. And, there she is, holding a cup of water and pours into the dustbin. What is she trying to do? Is she crazy?

Thus, the love relationship never blossoms. She is the one who puts out the fire.

After a year, I resign. On my last day, I go through the stuff in my drawers. I find some sweets with a note.

“I am allergic to smoke smell. Furthermore, smoking is bad for your health. The sweets are for you to clean your breath, to think of me.”

Ah, what have I missed? If I quit smoking, will we be together now? I lose, because of smoking. Everything is too late now because she has resigned one month earlier.


Part 1 and Part 2


Note to myself

This is the final part of the anti-smoking serial. Though the last assignment is unexpected, but I manage to write about the lost of love because of smoking. I write it from the view of a boy, who is a smoker. Though I am not a smoker, nor a boy, I hope it brings out the message. For smokers out there, which is more important? Smoking, or the love of your life?

Lost & Found


“Owner, I am here!”

What is this? This is a piece of a pair of earrings that was “put” by somebody onto the leaf so that people can see it. When I first saw the earring, I was stunned. However, it is easily understood that it is a lost earring found nearby the plants. It may not be noticed easily, nonetheless it is comparatively easier to be noticed if the earring was on the ground.

You may argue that it is no point putting the earring onto the leaf. It is so small and the person who lost it may just go and buy a new pair of earrings. Yes, you are right. Still, you do not know if the earring has some sentimental value in it.

I have found a lot of kind and honest actions around Singapore, for example, a bunch of keys at the notice board of a MRT station. I have

  • found a hat at a maritime centre and gave it to the front desk
  • found a water bottle at a fast food chain and gave it to the cashier. The water bottle was later put at the tray return table
  • found a student Ez-link card and gave it to the police station.

One of my friends has found a wallet in a bus and gave it to the police station. One of my students has found a magnifying glass at school and gave it to the lost and found section of the school.

No, this post is not about how honest Singaporeans are. I just want to let you know that if you have lost something, go back to where you have been and look around, you may find it still sitting there, waiting for you to take it home. You may need to look around for a convenient place where people can put the thing on.

The first thing that people who have found a lost item is to quickly “get rid” of it, so they most probably would creatively and conveniently put on “something” (a pole, a table, a leaf, etc.) nearby the place. You can try to ask at the front desk and customer service counter too. You may also want to put up a notice to look for your lost item. I have seen a notice at a bus stop, saying that she has lost her phone. The notice was there for a few months, I think the owner never gets her phone back.

I have forgotten my umbrella at one of the eating places at Punggol. I went back to the eating place hours later, when the staffs were cleaning and preparing to call it a day. I asked for my umbrella, a staff showed me my umbrella hanging at the cupboard.

Beware, though, if you have lost the latest version of a smart phone, most probably you won’t get it back.