Saturday, February 24, 2007

Freedom Writers


Like Rent, this is a movie that piqued my curiosity because of its cool poster. The ad is GV's. But no info from its homepage when Freedom Writers will be screened. Checking with Eng Wah site, 29/03/07 would be the show date.

Then again, I prefer reading the book from which the film is inspired (thanks goodness it doesn't use the full, lengthy title of the book: "The Freedom Writers Diary : How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them").

Won't be surprised if there's such thing like "Freedom Bloggers". Oh wait, there is! "Freedom Project - Freedom Bloggers". They don't use that chilling "Don't pretend you know our blogs" tag, though.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Singapore River Hongbao 2007

A belated Happy Chinese New Year, everyone. Just some photos to share (coz I didn't go back home for CNY this time despite the established routine for the last 6 years. *grumble* coz I'm so bloody responsible to my work & that is a weakness. *grumblegrumble*).

Ha! Enough with the negative vibes. Exercise grumbling so that you'll be sufficiently bitter for some mythical creature to act as if he/she doesn't notice and thus, not obliged to eat you.

1 & 2. Two exhibits about Nian (the eyes, see the eyes) by the artist, Mr. Tan Keng Seng.

3. Also by the same artist, to welcome the Year of Pig (More about Chinese zodiac: here). Love the interwoven patterns.

4. He who is known as the Chinese god of wealth or fortune or prosperity: Cai Shen.

5. Click to enlarge the text (it's about 'raree show') in the yellow banner.

6. Just another reminder how much I lose for not knowing the language. :-\

7. Blessing by the ..., uhm, never mind. See the above.

8. Not a believer in Chinese zodiac myself, but hey it sounds like it's going to be a good year for me. Heh.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

...when wind & cloud unite.


Satisfying how a simple play on 'bright' & 'contrast' result the above image. The original photo was taken some days ago in one hot afternoon. Altogether windy and cloudy, but no fish with golden scales was seen transformed to a dragon.

Friday, February 09, 2007

"If I Were The Finance Minister"

Try out this simulation game, it's fun.

As always, I'd love to see the extreme & how it impacts the budget:
a) If expenditure all up (max +10%), financing all down (corporate income tax 15%, individual income tax 15%, GST 1%).

Budget Position = -$9,039m

b) If expenditure all up (max +10%), financing all up (corporate income tax 24%, individual income tax 24%, GST 10%).
Budget Position = $3,561m

c) If expenditure all down (max -10%), financing all down (corporate income tax 15%, individual income tax 15%, GST 1%).
Budget Position = -$3,441m

d) If expenditure all down (max -10%), financing all up (corporate income tax 24%, individual income tax 24%, GST 10%).
Budget Position = $9,159m


The 'expenditure' in the simulation game is categorized as follows:
1. Social
1.1 Enhancing our housing & living environment
1.2 Providing good & affordable healthcare
1.3 Helping families & providing social safety nets
1.4 Educating our next generation

2. Security & External Relations
2.1 Ensuring a safe & secure home

3. Economic
3.1 Building a competitive economy
3.2 Providing a good transport infrastructure

4. Government Administration
4.1 Building an efficient & responsive public sector

Whereas 'financing' (at least the variable components in the game) is grouped into:
5. Corporate Income Tax
6. Individual Income Tax
7. Goods & Services Tax (GST)

Now I'm interested to find out what if all components under 'Social' to be down max -10% (and people ask why I'm an antisocial. Heh), 'Security & External Relations' to stay unchanged, 'Economic Building a competitive economy' to be up max +10%, 'Economic Providing a good transport infrastructure' unchanged, 'Government Administration Building an efficient & responsive public sector' unchanged...

...and Corporate Income Tax to revise from the current 20% to 18%, Individual Income Tax from 20% to 18% & GST from 5% to 7%.
Budget Position = $1,237m

Hey, following the above scenario, I'm even tempted to further revise Individual Income Tax from 20% to 15% (Darn, that's the lowest the game allows. I am striving to be a good antisocial), it results to...
Budget Position = $592m

Good enough, I'll say.