Many of us--who use a bus or SMRT as our favourite means of transport, and not to say, the only means of transport--will definitely have come across this poster (the screenshot above) of the contest by SMRT. Titled "Escape to Egypt with SMRT"--details of the contest can be found in EscapeWithSMRT.com, the poster features four people of whom one has uncanny resemblance with...Angelina Jolie??
Correct me if I'm wrong. Perhaps I have paid too much attention on her two strands of hair falling (just at the right place) on her face.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
How many of us hear about Payatas before? You can't even find a Wikipedia entry about the place. Heck, is that even a place?
The Payatas dump is located in the suburbs of Manila, 20 km away from the central area of the city. It is called Smoky Valley after Smoky Mountain, the biggest garbage dump in the Phillipines and one of the three biggest slums in the world. Smoky Mountain was dismantled by the government in 1995.
Smoky Valley is 70 ha large where 3,000 ton of garbage is brought in every day. Around Smoky Valley, approximately 92,000 scavengers (18,000 families) live. Most of them are illegal squatters who have lost their job in poor farming villages.
Most of the scavengers collect the usable items, that is, paper, plastic, empty cans, aluminum, vinyl and so on, from the garbage, sell them to ragmen to make their living.
Read more about Payatas: here.
Sad, isn't it? Granted it's financial crisis sweeping the world, but that should not be an excuse to realize there are others, who despite the economic up & down, are living in such a harsh environment. And by 'harsh', I mean, real harsh...
Yes, yes...you've got the picture. So you want to do you part, but you don't know how? Okay, you can do so by visiting this site, Christmas for Payatas & you can donate directly there. (As per today, 28/11/08, 4:04 pm, the amount of the donation is US$72,839.30)
Wait a minute, you have no money to contribute as you too are affected by the latest financial crisis? (Who isn't?!)
Well, then...at the very least, you can try to spread the word about Christmas for Payatas. (You're serious that you can't even spare $1???)
Many have been doing their part. From a celebrity like Ms. Zora Andam (Miss Universe Runner Up, Best in National Costume 1st runner-up in 2001), businessman Mr. Paul Ting (CEO for Fusionexcel), politician Mr. Sonny Belmonte (Mayor for Quenzon City), Congressman Mat Defensor, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Sen. Pres. Manny Villar to Ray Parlour (Arsenal Player) & Lee Sharpe (Manchester United).
Check out their appealing for Christmas for Payatas in their YouTube clip here.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In my attempt to learn more about 'sitewide disclosure' (yes, somebody still owes me the reply. heh), I chanced upon this site, DisclosurePolicy.org. You can generate your own Disclosure Policy with 6 easy steps.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The above photo of the ad is the follow-up of the first one (which by the way, didn't tell anything at all, except for the cryptic caption of "The Steel Within).
Now the ad has a more text of "Do You Have the Steel Within?", followed by a much smaller font of an URL "armycareers.gov.sg". It seems that they're recruiting. Hooray!! After so much negativity surrounding Singapore job market--what, with those recently retrenched in DBS, NOL, and Citigroup--it's nice to see some companies are actively recruiting. Heh.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Listed below 29 photos of the event, including the tragic shot of Mark Lee's behind at Peranakan Museum. (Tragic, because I couldn't snap another photo of him properly from in front--like the rest of decent photographers--due to the incooperative, dying battery of my camera. Boo hoo!!)
Anyway here they are:
1. Came slightly before 12 pm & noticed the flea market merchandises being prepared.
2. There was a car parked nearby. More about it later.
3. The event was organized by HungryGoWhere.com; you'll be able to see many of this T-Shirt floating around.
4. One reluctant photographer suddenly realized--albeit, too late--that he's too become the target of my camera.
5. In front of one of the stalls, NASI PADANG SABAR MENANTI II .
6. I was seduced by the description of Nasi Padang Set 2.
7. ...which meal was shown on the above photo. Heh. Spicy!!
8. This popiah was from KWAY GUAN HUAT JOO CHIAT ORIGINAL POPIAH.
9...which was from this stall (The owner was annoyed with me taking the shot, even though I bought the popiah earlier!)
10. Attempting to take the overall view of the stalls; the lady rushed forward right in front of me.
11. ...and so did this lady.
12. Finally the ladies got tired of foiling my shots & I took the unobstructed shot.
13. Tempted to try this THYE HONG FRIED HOKKIEN MEE. Relatively cheaper compared to the rest. Only 2 coupons (1 coupon = $1).
14. Likewise for this SAJIS INDIAN FOOD. There were a long queue for the Indian Rujak. With 3 coupons, you could get 6 choices of assorted pieces. (Later towards the end of the day, it was cut to 4 pieces only! Darn...)
15. This stall, KWONG SATAY, was surprisingly quite quiet one. At least, during the time when I took the photo.
16. Likewise for this PERAMAKAN stall. (Also during the time when I shot, perhaps later they were getting more crowded).
17. Back to no.14, SAJIS INDIAN FOOD. The cooks in action...
18. HILL STREET CHAR KWAY TEOW was another stall that I wished I had more stamina to try its char kway teow. Many tried. The aroma, hmm....
19. No idea, though, about this HOCK LAM BEEF stall. Will definitely give it a try next time.
20. The good OLD CHANG KEE. Enough said. =)
21. Back to the flea market. There were 30 stalls altogether.
22. ...which mostly sold female stuff!! (I was hunting for some books. Nada!)
23. One or two stalls did sell t-shirts for guys. I bought one just because I was impressed at how helpful the stall owner was. He was offering to hold my bags as I browsed through the shirts. Nice customer service.
24. Have I told you that there were tables arranged under two tentages for people to eat?
25. Explanation for no.2.
26. Near the counter where the food coupons ($10 or $5) could be bought. They also sold HungryGoWhere.com t-shirts at $19.90. No, thank you...
27. When I said HungryGoWhere.com t-shirts floating around, I mean it...
28. The food coupons also came with an entry to the Peranakan Museum right beside it. Nice way to chill down & leisurely digest your meal as you enjoyed the three-level galleries.
29. Took a lot of photos in the museum (for another post, perhaps) such that I could only took Mark Lee's back from the 2nd floor. I like to notice how the girl mirrored Mark's body language. Or was it the other way around? Haha.
PS. It's not just about gluttony. From the site, "HungryGoWhere.com Big Eat Out! Peranakan Museum": "Proceeds from the food coupons you purchase will go towards supporting the Andrew and Grace Home, Operation Smile and Jamiyah Darul Ma'wa charities." So...you feel better already?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
(But not literally--or what known as Ankyloglossia) Just woke up with a strange dryness feeling in my mouth & realized with a healthy dose of panic that my tongue was dry. And the immediate thought was "I am so tongue-tied!" (Yeah, must be one of those irrational thoughts when one suddenly wakes up).
Scrambled out of bed, gulped down water, looked at the clock & hey, you know what?--it's already Saturday!!
This must be (yet another) irrational post. I just woke up.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Why don't you find out? Check out 'png.sg'. Lots, lots photos, though. So just be warned.
The Steel Within. Within...what?! The advertisement (photo above) shows a close-up shot of a guy's face sweating. And a caption "The Steel Within". That's it. Nothing else mentions to give you an idea what the ad is about. (Though some may notice that the sweat might look like a molten metal?!)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The question remains unanswered: why the cleaner leapt into the moat of the white tiger exhibit especially if he's assigned to clean the chimpanzee section?
Three white tigers mauled a Malaysian to death in Singapore's zoo on Thursday after the man jumped into their enclosure, a zoo official said.
He suffered injuries to his neck and body, and died before the ambulance arrived at 12.45pm.
Nordin Bin Montong, 32, from Sarawak, leapt into the moat of the white tiger exhibit and was attacked, said Biswajit Guha, assistant director of zoology at the Singapore Zoo in a statement.
The noise from the attack caught the attention of zookeepers nearby and they eventually managed to distract two of the tigers but a third continued to maul him.
"Keepers managed to separate the worker from the tiger. While waiting for the ambulance, our vets attended to him," said Ms Guha. "The worker tragically succumbed to his wound."
The Singapore Zoo said the white tiger exhibit would be closed and investigations were ongoing after the midday attack.
"Our heartfelt condolences go to the worker's family and we will provide his family with whatever assistance they need during this period," said Ms Guha.
The Straits Times reports that he was not supposed to be in the tiger enclosure and was assigned to clean the chimpanzee section.
He was seen behaving in an agitated manner before he fell into the moat.
According to conservation group WWF, there are about 4,000 tigers left in the world and they are considered an endangered species.
White tigers are even rarer because they suffer from a genetic condition that strips their fur of the orange pigment,leaving the animal with snow white fur, black stripes and blue eyes.
From AsiaOne.com, "Tigers maul cleaner at Singapore Zoo".
Channel NewsAsia, "Malaysian worker dies after being attacked by white tigers at zoo" quoted:
Biswajit Guha, assistant director, Singapore Zoo, said: "Prior to the incident, the zookeepers had actually noticed that the contract worker was behaving erratically.
"He was throwing things around and as he was walking out of the zoo, he passed comments like 'Goodbye, you won't see me again'. He later cycled back and 5 minutes later, the alarm went off."
Monday, November 10, 2008
With a new brand name, Gmarket. The merchandises are categorized just like in Yahoo! Auction. Quite easy to navigate the site, really! The disappointing part may be that there are not yet much comics offered. I guess I do have to content myself with browsing at ebay.com.sg...
From Health Sciences Authority - Donating Blood for Myself:
In event that you are scheduled for surgery and might require a blood transfusion during the procedure, you can choose to donate blood for your own use beforehand.
Such a blood donation is known as Autologous Blood Transfusion (ABT).
The two benefits quoted are minimal risk of allergic reaction & risk of any infectious diseases. Makes sense, indeed.
It's interesting to note that a fee is chargeable & that you can make further donations once every three days. I'm not really surprised about the fee, but I do wonder whether every-three-days blood donation is safe. Even if you take all those iron supplements...
More information about ABT, call this no: 6213 0626.
The store manager found four magazines missing from his shop at the MRT station.
But he did not get a close enough look at the man who stole from him.
So, Mr Richard Woo, who is in his 40s, asked to see the footage from the train station's closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
True enough, the shoplifter was caught in the act on film.
The incident happened on 24 Oct, a Friday evening, at Mr Woo's minimart at the Clarke Quay MRT station.
Full story in The New Paper, "Shoplifter caught on MRT security camera".
Impressive how vigilant the store manager was to be able to detect that 4 magazines were gone. Also impressive to notice how cooperative SMRT to allow the store manager to view its CCTV footage.
I don't think it's due to the police report. See, the incident happened at about 7 pm. The police were informed at 8.35 pm. So the viewing of the CCTV must have happened in between. So it's not that difficult to get SMRT to show its CCTV footage to any distressed store managers? For what, just 4 magazines?!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Continue to watch the video of Cally Kwong Mei-wan, a successful entrepreneur, singer and former Miss Hong Kong sharing her views on the financial crisis here.
By the way she's also a contestant for Miss World 1982 (just another trivia).
Saturday, November 08, 2008
DEAR or what stands for 'Drop Everything And Read' is back!! From 01 Nov 2008 to 31 Jan 2009, library users can now borrow double the amount. A humble basic member like Yours Truly is allowed to take a maximum of 8 books now. Haha.
So here I am using a computer in the Library with 3 graphic novels by my side ready to be borrowed. One is Vertigo's Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days). I read it before, but I'm re-reading it. Heh. The other 2 are actually comics really, not graphic novels. Damn. I feel bad. They're Batman: Terror & The Flash: Dead Heat.
I'd choose some novels after this post. Promise! Heh. Strange that I still have this guilt if I read too much of graphic novels/comics. Will definitely try to balance it with some other fiction works.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Came across this site, "Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign in Political Cartoons".
The cartoons are truly hilarious!! Eight out of 155 which I like best are:
- Lincoln Salutes Obama
- Closing Arguments
- Campaign Lies
- Be Afraid of Obama
- Obama Victory Celebration
- Signs of Intelligent Life
- Obama's Celestial Choir
- Obama's Awesome Oratory
From BBC News, the video of now-a-President Barack Obama's victory speech: here. I like the way he acknowledged & recognized his rival, Senator McCain.
The transcript is as follows:
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.
A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain.
Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he’s fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.
I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they’ve achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation’s next first lady Michelle Obama.
Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the new White House.
And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother’s watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you’ve given me. I am grateful to them.
And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best — the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.
To my chief strategist David Axelrod who’s been a partner with me every step of the way.
To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.
It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep.
It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.
This is your victory.
And I know you didn’t do this just to win an election. And I know you didn’t do it for me.
You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.
There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage or pay their doctors’ bills or save enough for their child’s college education.
There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.
But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.
This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.
It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.
Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
Let’s remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity.
Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.
As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those — to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
That’s the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we’ve already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight’s about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.
And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.
Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.
This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
Check out "The Food Safari" at Suntec Convention Hall 403 & 404 from 14 Nov to 16 Nov. From www.thefoodsafari.com intro page:
Organised by Sphere Exhibits, this ‘food theme park’ lets visitors explore the sights, fragrances and tastes of new and interesting food and beverage.
More about the programmes: here. I am interested in particular on the 3 pm programme on 14 Nov titled "Investing in Wine". Haha.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I was googling for 'online graphic novels' (hey, I need to rest those shaking knees, don't I?!) when I came across this site, "17 Sensational, Free and Downloadable Graphic Novels". Some of the graphic novels listed include NYC2123, Fables Vol.1, Deadman Vol.1, The War of the Worlds and Outside the Box. The last one looks promising from the way it's drawn. The artist is Brendan Cahill & you can check out the novel here.
It's been months since I was accused by some Blogger's spam-prevention robots that my blog has characteristics of a spam blog. I have submitted requests for a review repeatedly (I just hate to fill in those "Word Verification" every time I have to publish my posts). I still haven't heard any reply from Blogger. Yeah, right. Boo hoo...
So I came across this Blogger Help Group, "Still marked as spam? Appeal here!". Those who have faced a similar situation, may want to check it out. Good luck!!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
The Serial Killers Club is a suspense, yet comedic fiction written by Jeff Povey.
The book starts with telling how the narrator after accidentally kills his attacker, realizes that the latter is a serial killer. Curiosity being such an irresistible force, the narrator just has to check the dead man's wallet. Inside the wallet, he finds out a newspaper ad by Errol Flynn inviting him to join a Club.
Errol Flynn is a famous Australian film actor who has long been dead. The narrator is aware of that & curious who this Errol Flynn who invites him. He decides to go to Chicago & presents himself (taking an identity of the dead serial killer) in the Club.
He is terrified when he finds himself that the members of the Club are all serial killers. At the same time, he is excited & soon becomes hooked with the Club. He chooses a membership name of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. or in short, Dougie. (Yes, all members in the Club takes a membership name of famous movie stars'.
Dougie is so addicted to the Club that he is willing to kill other members who are getting suspicious about him. After all, the narrator refuses to kill innocent people & gives an excuse of suffering a killer's block (Think about writer's block). The membership soon declines from 18 to 10.
The hilarious part begins when one FBI agent, Kennet Wade observes that Dougie has been killing the Club's members & mistakenly thought that Dougie is in "crusade" of ridding the country of serial killers. The FBI agent forces Dougie to finish the job within 2 months.
More complication begins as Dougie falls in love with one of the members & another mysterious serial killer is introduced in the story. The latter being nicknamed a KFC killer as the victims are always found with a KFC bucket on their heads.
This KFC killer seems to target the members of the Club as well. Why it is so & who this KFC killer is--Dougie must solve the mystery before he too is killed. (He is suspicious that agent Wade is the KFC killer whereas agent Wade is suspicious that Dougie himself is the killer.)
You will love the book because it is light-hearted despite touching on a grim topic of serial killers (Interestingly to note, all serial killers in the novel blame their mothers for making them who they are.) I finish reading the book within 1 night. It is like watching a movie with you eagerly turn pages after pages to see what happens next.