One “bad apple” does spoil the whole office

(Because this is so relevant to the current office atmosphere, I kept thinking “yes, yes, YES” to myself as I was reading it)

One “bad apple” can spread negative behavior like a virus to bring down officemates or destroy a good team, according to a new study examining conflict in the workplace.

Negative behavior outweighs positive behavior, so a bad apple can spoil the whole barrel, but one or two good workers can’t “unspoil” it, researchers at the University of Washington said in the current issue of the journal Research in Organizational Behavior.


The study defines negative workers as those who do not do their fair share of the work, are chronically unhappy and emotionally unstable, or bully or attack others.

(Via Yahoo! news)

Everything Else

Better Days

I’m late to The Goo Goo Dolls’ bandwagon and what I have heard so far from their Let Love In album has simply blown me away.

Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik wears his heart out on his sleeves and bares his emotions for the world to see. His raspy, slightly raw and imperfect voice is brilliant for the album of songs about lost love, pensive thoughts and hope. It lacks the slickness of most modern singers (think Justin Timberlake) and comes across as sincere and even emotionally searing.

It feels a little like Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol but less smooth and with a rock style that’s distinctive.

So almost eight months after falling in love with Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars (I am particularly smug that we uncovered the song back in June 2006, way before it became a “hit” gaah!), here’s a beautiful, heartfelt song from The Goo Goo Dolls titled “Better Days”.

The organised chaos

It’s official!


The precious photo card is now safely tucked in my wallet.

I’m hankering after a nice, chilled lychee martini somehow. It’s probably time to go out for drinks one of these days. I like sitting down somewhere with a drink in hand, good company and sparkling conversation. If only I could do it more often.


Bad food experience

Under no circumstance should anyone order Thai Express food from Cuisine Xpress. Unless, of course, you like starving, in which case I would ask you to please go right on ahead.

A group of colleagues and I working on the afternoon shift decided to have some Thai food for a change and ordered in. I had a curried soft shell crab (served with steam rice). We put in our orders at 7.20pm and were told to wait for between an hour to 90 minutes.

One hour later, our food arrived and guess what? There was NO RICE accompanying my food! How ridiculous is that? I called up the company to complain and the poor girl could only put me on hold, apologize and tell me that my rice would reach me in 30 minutes’ time. The deliveryman had to go back to the restaurant, wait for the rice to be served before sending it to me.

I was starving and needless to say, did not really enjoy my meal by the time my bowl of rice was finally on my desk. My stomach is now churning madly and I feel nauseous.

So BOO to Thai Express, your service sucks! Sawadee my ass!

The organised chaos

For love or for money

One school of thought says that money is more important. If you are doing something that you aren’t really fond of, the money that you are making can help to offset the dissatisfaction.

The other school believes that as long as there is love and money to keep you alive, nothing is more important than the enjoyment of what you do. Having the love keeps you going and becoming better at what you do and in time, the money will come.

Who should I listen to?

Foodnotes, Geek Girl

Just because…


It’s Monday morning and my entire post was deleted due to my klutzy fingers hitting the ‘ctrl + r’ buttons.

And Singapore are now the proud winners of the ASEAN Football Championship. Despite the scrappy way they played, I’m proud of the Lions for not giving up and fighting till the end.

My bad football experience was then nullified by the fantastic way the Red Devils demolished Spurs. Eat our dust, Chelski!

Oh, and I love Ichiban Boshi and its sister company, Ichiban Sushi. It serves the best tasting and freshest Japanese fare at prices that hit all the right spots. No more sucky Sakae sushi for me!

And I’m going to miss the Canon IXUS 900 Ti that I’m returning tomorrow. It’s one of the best compact cameras I have used, producing high quality images that are sharp and vivid. It’s got great DOF and captures wonderful details at Macro mode. Its colours might be a little cool sometimes but it’s nothing Photoshop cannot fix. It has been my faithful companion through Krabi and Bangkok, welcomed the new year with me and its manual functions are perfect for control freaks like me. Goodbye IXUS, let’s hope you will be mine again soon. At a discounted price, of course.