Wednesday, December 30, 2015

An X-Wing Starfighter at Changi Airport!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

of Lee Wai Leong charged with killing a cat

If he is proven guilty, Lee Wai Leong has to be punished by being thrown out from a 13th floor of an HDB block--yes, the very same location where he allegedly threw a cat from. "An eye for an eye", though brutal as it may seem, could be just what is needed to give a clear, strong message that the act of cruelty against animal is NEVER excusable & a harsh punishment MUST be taken against the culprit.

Yes, we mean it. "An eye for an eye", pls!

READ ALSO:
- Straits Times, "40-year-old man charged with throwing cat down 13 floors in Yishun".
- MSN, "Cat killer caught, charged in court".

Friday, December 25, 2015

of ISIS Threatens To Kidnap Iraq’s Beauty Queen

Reading about how the so-called supporter or ISIS threatened to kidnap Miss Iraq, I can't help but thinking about one episode of South Park, "Naughty Ninjas" in which the children are mistakenly reported that they are joining ISIS even though they are just playing ninjas. Heh. Seriously back about the article, the so-called supporter of ISIS must be, uhm, a kid because he wants the Miss Iraq to join the group's ranks (and if she refuses, she shall be kidnapped). I mean, where's the logic in that?? Why ISIS needs a beauty pageant winner?!

South Park "Scary ISIS Ninjas"

READ ALSO:
- MSN, "ISIS Threatens To Kidnap Iraq’s Beauty Queen".

Thursday, December 24, 2015

of Somalia, Tajikistan and Brunei ban Christmas celebrations

When the director general of Somalia's religious affairs ministry Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow claimed that Christmas celebrations can damage the faith of the Muslim community, one just cannot help to wonder if the faith of the Muslim community is that fragile?! I don't think so & I hope Sheik's view is not echoed by others. So far, though, there are 3 Muslim-majority countries which had issued a ban on Christmas celebrations: Somalia, Tajikistan & Brunei.

READ ALSO:
- MSN, "Somalia and Brunei ban Christmas celebrations".
- Guardian, "Christmas celebrations banned in Somalia, Tajikistan and Brunei".

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This Red Rhino Doesn't Give You Wings!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

As I walked past, I silently wondered why this statue of the Laughing Buddha was abandoned...

of Afterword of the Novel "Pines" - Blake Crouch pays tribute to Twin Peaks


These days I must admit I have lost my ability to lose myself in one good book and read it from the start to the end. Sigh. I don't really know why. So I'm pleased to realize that the novel "Pines" reminds me the joy of able (yay!) to maintain the momentum to read, read, and read. Perhaps it's because before I consume the book, I had just finished watching the 10-episode of "Wayward Pines", the TV series which are based on the Wayward Pines novel by Blake Crouch.

What also impressed me most is the "Afterword" of the novel of which the author pays tribute to...TWIN PEAKS! The other TV series that had (and still does) puzzled me. Oh and guess what, TWIN PEAKS will be having a new 18 episodes target to broadcast in 2016! Till then stay tune & check for any update at "Welcome to Twin Peaks". Heh.

Anyway, here's the "Afterword" of the novel "Pines" reproduced as follows (and yes, Blake Crouch really has to be proud that his own creation has a wonderful magic of its own. I am truly waiting for the Season 2 of "Wayward Pines", but alas, as according to Seriable, "Wayward Pines Cancelled By FOX After One Season"...):

On April 8, 1990, the pilot episode of Mark Frost and David Lynch's iconic television series Twin Peaks aired on ABC, and for a moment, the mystery of Who Killed Laura Palmer? held America transfixed. I was twelve at the time, and I will never forget the feeling that took hold of me as I watched this quirky show about a creepy town with damn fine coffee and brilliant cherry pie, where nothing was as it seemed.

Twin Peaks was ultimately cancelled, the brilliant director and actors went on to do other things, but the undeniable magic present in those early episodes still haunts me two decades later. Shows like Northern Exposure, Picket Fences, The X-Files, and Lost occasionally veered into that eerily beautiful creepines that defined Twin Peaks, but for the most part, for this fan at least, nothing else has ever come close.

They say all art--whether books, music, or visual--is a reaction to other art, and I believe that to be true. As good as Twin Peaks was, the nature of the show, in particular how abruptly and prematurely it ended, left me massively unsatisfied. Shortly after the show was cancelled, I was so heartbroken I even tried to write its mythical third season, not for anyone but myself, just so I could continue the experience.

That effort failed, as did numerous other attempts as I matured, both as a person and a writer, to recapture the feeling my twelve-year-old self had experienced back in 1990.

Pines is the culmination of my efforts, now spanning twenty years, to create something that makes me feel the way Twin Peaks did. In no way am I suggesting that Pines is as good as Lynch's masterpiece, or even something that is likely to take you back to the feeling of that series. The show was so utterly its own thing that any attempt to recreate its aura would be inherently doomed to fail. But I feel the need to express how much Pines is inspired by Lynch's creation of a small town in the middle of nowhere--beautiful on the outside, but with a pitch-black underbelly.

Pines would never have come about, and I may never have become a writer, if my parents hadn't let me stay up late on Thursday nights, that spring of 1990, to watch a show the likes of which we will never see again.

So thanks, Mom and Dad. Thanks, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Frost. And of course, the inimitable Agent Dale Cooper.

Pines is not Twin Peaks, not by a long shot, but it wouldn't be here without it.

I hope you enjoyed my show.

Blake Crouch
Durango, Colorado
August 2012

Sunday, November 01, 2015

What would you do if you see an old man sitting on a floor in the crowded train embracing his sleeping granddaughter protectively?

Don’t you just hate it when train commuters don’t give up their seats to people who need them more? Don't you just hate it when you as fellow train commuters who are standing at the vicinity did nothing about it? Heck, not even to snap a photo to substantiate this post which I doubt can help raising awareness of doing the right thing even when the rest did no such thing? Heh. (Then again, no way I'm starting another hooha like the recent "'Tired' MRT commuter slammed for refusing to give up reserved seat").

This is based on a true story. Happened this afternoon. At AMK station, I embarked on a train at East-West Line towards Jurong. The train door opened, I stepped in, and immediately and swiftly sidestepped towards my right. Because at my left, by the entrance of the door, there was this old man--possibly at his 60s--SITTING ON THE FLOOR embracing a little girl--possibly his granddaughter likely 5 or 6 years old--who's deep in her sleep oblivious to her surroundings. (No, he was not sleeping himself even though I couldn't really tell as his glasses hid his eyes from where I was standing.)

What followed next were a series of thoughts in my mind.

One: Hmm...the nearest reserved seat was occupied by a sleeping woman. Is this sleeping woman the mother of the sleeping little girl? Hmm...

Two: The opposite of that reserved seat was another reserved seat (obviously if you're a train commuter) being occupied by a fully able bodied boy (9 years old or 10 years old?) with his father. Chance to get this seat given up to the old man? Nil. Just opposite the boy were a father standing with a baby secured on his chest by use of a baby carrier & besides him was the mother. Both of them were not visibly distressed even though they were not offered the reserved seat & made the most of the journey with the mother making some cute baby sounds to the baby. If the fully able bodied boy did not even give up the seat to the father who was standing much closer to him, what's the chance he'd give up the seat to the old man? Yeah, nil.

Three: The crowds were formed surrounding the old man & his sleeping granddaughter. Sympathy thickly oozed. Yet none of them did anything to intervene, to make effort to win a seat to the old man. Or what if the effort was made in the journey before the train reached AMK station? Possible. So why should I try to get him a seat? I shamefully attempted to justified my inaction.

Four: None of the crowds was taking a photo of other users of the reserved seats who being full able bodied themselves should have given up the seats instead of falling to deep sleep and creating such unpleasant & awkward situation to the rest of (standing) commuters who might mentally be transmitting a message to one another: "WHY DON'T YOU DO ANYTHING?! YES, YOU. YOU ARE CLOSER WHAT!"

Five: Uhm...Five? OK. I forgot five.

Oh yes. The train stopped. It reached Yishun station and the old man attempted to stand up. Imagine the difficulty as the granddaughter was still asleep. Finally there was a man (in his late 40s or early 50s?) who offered to carry the little girl while the old man stood up and he helped the old man by carrying his granddaughter walking down the nearest staircase to leave the train platform.

Six: Better shadow this man. If he ran away with the little girl, there would be nothing the old man could do. You see the old man was left rather behind as the other man carrying the little girl down the staircase to the exit. So I did shadow them.

Seven: Phew. No kidnapping. Shame on me to even have that thought against the good samaritan. The man handed over the little girl to the old man outside the passenger service counter.

Still observing from a distance (am I a potential stalker? Sigh) I saw the old man sitting nearby the counter and making a phone call. Caught him saying something about how he's already in the Yishun MRT station.

And then I walked away wondering the reason why the old man was with his granddaughter in the train. Why was she so tired and she fell asleep all the way during the train journey and still asleep when she was carried by the good samaritan down the staircase.

I walked away perfectly sure myself that I did the correct thing by not taking photos of those sleeping full able bodied commuters. (So what if this post is considered a fiction?).

I walked away completely ashamed of myself of failing to do the right thing to ensure the old man was able to keep his dignity by sitting rightfully at the reserved seat in the train and not on the floor.

Treat this post as a fiction if you wish, but ask yourself if you're in my shoe, what would you do differently?

PS. It was about 3:40 PM when I left the Yishun station walking to the nearest bus station. As per now (8:50 PM) when I last checked STOMP, there was nothing mentioned about this incident.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A hazy Sunday at the beach of Sembawang Park (Or ignore the failed horizon and focus on the guy who was looking for crabs! And Essar Wildcat made a cameo appearance!)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Catch the trailer, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"! Since it's uploaded on 21/10, it has gathered 27,758,988 views! Expect so much excitement of the show. Heh. The Verge has the article about how "Star Wars: The Force Awakens is obliterating all the movie pre-sale records" while the Atlantic has posed a question: "How Original Can The Force Awakens Be?"

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

I want to ride my (motor) bike!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

of WE ARE THE WORLD FOR NEPAL by NEPALI ARTISTS, Nepal earthquake2015


Check out this clip, "WE ARE THE WORLD FOR NEPAL by NEPALI ARTISTS, Nepal earthquake2015". Published on Oct 1, 2015, the description says:
We are the world for Nepal is an effort to draw more attention to the earthquake victims of Nepal and their families especially children and women.

Shenpenn and his small team went to Nepal after the earthquake to help the children and the vulnerable ones. Shenpenn spent 6 weeks in Nepal with relief efforts and trauma counselling through music, art, story telling and martial arts. This production was executed in 48 hours with only one rehearsal and having to arrange sound, camera crew, Nepali musicians, public figures and kids within those two days.

Everyone had to learn the song in two days and close to a 100 people including the kids came together to do a live recording of this beautiful song with a Nepali flair. Please kindly share and help spread the love for children all over the world. Thank you so much.

Produced and Directed by Shenpenn Khymsar

Impressive. Although the video was only viewed 6656 times since it's published two days ago, it really deserves a thumbs-up for a commendable effort to raise awareness of the Nepal earthquakes (yes, in plural that happened in April & May this year)...and how outrageous it is that Nepal earthquake funds est. US$4.1bn (at least as per 24 Sept 2015) were still unclaimed and unspent despite winter looms for survivors.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Marina Bay Shrouded by the Haze

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

of Ello Ed Mundsel Bello and his 4-month jail instead of 4-year jail...

Four months jail for shooting your mouth off online and then lying about it to the police looks extremely heavy punishment, doesn’t it?

Nah, not really. Such a person could have been sentenced to three years in prison for sedition and a year for lying to the police. In other words, Ello Ed Mundsel Bello the 29-year old Filipino nurse (or rather, ex-nurse) have actually got a very light punishment. Instead of a total of 4 years in jail, he was slapped with merely 4 months duration just because the State Courts Judge Siva Shanmugam said that he was "a first-time offender" who "showed remorse by pleading guilty at the first opportunity".

Yeah sure. At the first opportunity, ‘Edz Ello’ showed remorse by claiming to police investigators that his account had been hacked by an unknown person before he eventually admitted posting the comments.

Being "a FIRST offender", he had actually made THREE other similar online posts in 2014 which led to him being dismissed from his job at Singapore's Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

On a separate note, there may be a possibility that EDZ.com.my and eDZ interior are considering legal actions to prevent Ello Ed Mundsel Bello to continue using his online moniker of 'Edz Ello'. You see, now, if one is to google for 'edz', the result page will feature the infamous Ello as well. Heh.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

of Han Hui Hui, Samir Salim Neji and their victory by losing in GE 2015

I sure hope that in the next General Elections, there'd be more independent candidates participating. Winning or losing is secondary. Who knows one day we'd be having a unique political party consisting of independent candidates working together to push through what they sincerely believe to the good of Singapore. Losing election deposit now will be worth it for the future.

Partially quoted from Channel NewsAsia "Independent candidates lose election deposit":

The two independent candidates in this year’s General Election — the first such contenders since the 2001 polls — have each lost their election deposit of S$14,500.

Blogger Han Hui Hui, who ran in the single-seat ward of Radin Mas, garnered 10 per cent of the votes in a three-cornered fight won by Mr Sam Tan of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Mr Tan won the seat with 77.25 per cent, or 20,230 votes; while the Reform Party’s Kumar Appavoo received 12.7 per cent.

At Bukit Batok Single Member Constituency, independent candidate Samir Salim Neji garnered only 150 votes, or 0.6 per cent of the total.

Mr Samir, the managing director of software firm Anaplan Asia, was a surprise candidate, turning up out of the blue on Nomination Day to contest against Singapore Democratic Party’s Sadasivam Veriyah and PAP incumbent David Ong.

Mr Ong won Bukit Batok with 73 per cent of votes cast, while Mr Veriyah received 6.4 per cent.

If any of the independent candidate is a fan of an English rockband, Radiohead, he/she may have thought this part of the band song lyric at any time during the election process:
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here...

Don't get me wrong. The appropriateness of the song lyric (the song title is Creep, by the way) is just limited to the above two sentences.

The independent candidates despite their losing now have to be applauded of their willingness to step up in the political arena. And in any case these independent candidates are MUCH better than those who did not even (bother to) turn up to cast their votes. Yes, you know who you are. Heh.

GE 2015 Aftermath - Whatever happened to the vanishing 9,258 who did not vote for Aljunied GRC?

Vanishing indeed because there were 9,258 eligible voters who did not cast their votes during the general election in particular for the Aljunied GRC where their votes could have been influential (because Workers' Party only won by a thin margin of just over 2,600 votes) to either a) make a more 'decent' result to the incumbent Workers' Party or b) enable People's Action Party to win back the GRC.

Alas, despite voting being compulsory, there are still such individuals who for whatever reason chose not to vote.

According Elections Dept Singapore website:

Voting at Singapore's presidential elections or parliamentary elections is compulsory for all eligible citizens. It is part of the responsibilities of being an adult Singapore citizen.

It also mentions that you can submit an application to the Registration Officer with an explanation as to why you did not vote. Application may be made online via this website or in person at the Elections Department or any community centre/club. Alternatively, you can download the form here and submit it by post or fax to the Elections Department. However, a fee of $50 will be imposed if you do not have a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

What? Only $50? I am puzzled. If voting is compulsory, then the seemingly "cost" of not voting at $50 is really rather insignificant, isn't it? See, if something is 'compulsory', but it is not 'enforced', it will very fast lose the meaning of 'compulsory'.

TODAY reports: "We'll reflect on the election outcome and hope that in the near future, we can win a more absolute trust from you," says The Workers' Party's Chen Show Mao.

And perhaps if I may add, to have more awareness raised on the importance to vote...And of course a much harsher, costlier penalty should one fail to vote without a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

From Straits Times - General Election 2015 Live Results

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Behold...the Lonely Seahorse on the Mountain!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Identity of Bersih Girl Revealed...


...it'd just be a matter of time, really. C'mon. Surely there are people who will recognize the girl who was portrayed in the Bersih 4.0 T-Shirt. Asiaone, "Organisers seeing red over 'Bersih girl' viral photo" has the Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said that people should focus on the bigger picture. Of the rally. Not of the girl. Yes. Indeed. Heh.

In the Greater Malaysia article, "‘Bersih Girl’ Gets Bersih 4.0 In A ‘Hot Mess’" has a comment raised by one Bernard Long (stated to be) the Director at Finexsys Sdn Bhd:
"What is wrong with the picture of a lovely girl that is in no way salacious. What is obscene is Malaysian politics."

That may seem right. But his comment was replied by one Daniel Lee (stated to be from) RMIT University:
"Not sure if you're just dense or acting self-righteous.

I don't hide behind lies and deceit, I'll admit that I see that pose as salacious as it can ever be.

Consider this; how about a frontal shot, smilling >gleefully<, arms cutely tucked on the sides, perhaps even sporting a peace sign feels much more genuine than this, yes? In fact, since when was Bersih about modelling lol? I hope you understand the subtle implications shown through body language, because that picture; mouth slightly open and puckered, seducing smile, arms raised as she ties her hair messily (who the hell ties their hair messily anyway), is sending off only one signal to me. Trust me, I'm an artist. I draw girls in multiple emotions and gestures. And that's one I'd draw for a porno-mag."


Well, I am not sure if any of the readers (artists or otherwise) agree with him. Whatever it is, the viral photo sure makes it to the news and has brought more attention about the Bersih event. In a sense, it is truly a good publicity.

Although I wonder that until now the identity of the Bersih Girl has not yet revealed? Meanwhile Hardwarezone Forum has supposedly actual picture of the Bersih Girl. The tattoo might have for the identification exercise? Hur hur.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Say Cheese, White Tigers!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

@Northpoint: Shop Theft is A Crime; but why must there be TWO cardboard standees nearby PLUS one REAL security guard?!

...

Saturday, August 01, 2015

F&N versus MEHL...and also versus "F & N Bail Bond"?

F&N versus MEHL...and also versus "F & N Bail Bond"? Heh. Just kidding. So far it's really about F&N versus MEHL. And I am so looking forward to reading how the case will be decided when both party meet in court. See, the jointly appointed independent valuer has determined the fair value of the disputed Myanmar Breweries, but value it in kyat, instead of in US$ or at least, it should be made clear the value of kyat referring to which year. Sigh. What a lousy valuer, one may point out. Heh.

READ ALSO:
- Straits Times, "F&N, Myanmar firm bound for court again over brewery stake".
- Myanmar Times, "Myanmar Brewery stake worth K500 billion".

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rhinocéros Cosmique at Orchard Road

Sunday, July 26, 2015

of IRCC @ Heartlands (Nee Soon GRC)

IRCC doesn't stand for Internet Relay Chat Chat (as if). It's an acronym for an "inter-racial and religious confidence circle". Wikipedia has the following to say on the primary purpose of IRCC which is to provide a regular platform for leaders of various racial and religious communities to interact and get to know one another better, in order to build confidence, friendship and trust among them. Check out the official website of IRCC here to find out more.

The poster of IRCC @ Heartlands (Nee Soon GRC)

So I came by chance this event this afternoon. Seriously, it's interesting (I like how educational the event was as it showcased information about the religions), however I reckon the event can do more in terms of publication. Just see a random shot below, there were quite a number of empty seats.


Unity in diversity is an ideal alright that we ought to strive to achieve and the same can be said for the various beliefs and religions.

And whether it does make sense to you, it rings very much the truth to me about what Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League, once said:
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.

Friday, July 24, 2015

of ComfortDelGro taxi driver man: "But there are no customers who want to ride with me. I don't know why. Could be that I am almost blind...that I can't respect a male passenger just because of his androgynous looks?!"

Overgeneralization is not fair. Really. Just ask ComfortDelGro. Because of its one insensitive taxi driver, the company has to apologize to a male passenger, Hanz Medina because the driver mocked him for his androgynous looks. Even if Hanz Medina chose to be magnanimous in accepting the apology, the damage has already been done.

In Straits Times, "ComfortDelGro apologises on behalf of taxi driver who mocked man for his looks", Hanz Medina was quoted to remark on the apology from ComfortDelGro:

"It's a very good example of excellent customer service and how fellow human beings should treat each other."

Indeed, nevertheless the image of the company has inevitably been tarnished. Try to google for 'comfortdelgro' and you'd come across the related articles to remind you of this shameful act of the taxi driver.

Reimagining Hermaphroditus & Salmacis

READ ALSO:
- Asiaone, "ComfortDelGro apologises for cabby's derogatory gestures towards passenger".

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Doggy 240 ... what a style! (artwork by Julien Marinetti)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

of Remove labels this Ramadan

Check out this interesting clip, "Remove labels this Ramadan | شوف الناس بقلبك في رمضان". It was published by Coca Cola Middle East on 04/07/15 and has since gathered 11,620,736 views. Impressive!

The caption reads:

It takes just seven seconds to build a prejudice based on someone's appearance. This Ramadan, Coke invited six strangers to an Iftar in the dark. See what they discovered and how it changed the way they see the world.

Iftar, by the way, is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Who is Rudhiyasa in Dragon Ball?

So I am re-reading Dragon Ball on a Saturday night. It's sad to observe those fun I was used to enjoy immensely when I was little are no longer enjoyable. Heh. In fact I find myself pondering over little details which I missed out last time. For example this 'rudhiyasa' in the 3rd volume of Dragon Ball page 119. The name or the word is shown at the sleeve of a person. Who is this 'rudhiyasa'?

Upon googling for 'rudhiyasa', or 'who is rudhiyasa in dragon ball' or 'dragon ball rudhiyasa', I finally came across this particular site, "Who is this creep from page 119 of the third volume of the dragon ball manga?" which makes the most sense:

From what I remember, Budhiyasa (with a B) was Akira Toriyama's tour guide and friend who helped him, his assistant, and his wife around Bali while on their vacation. They were there on vacation together, and Budhiyasa was super nice to them, so Toriyama put him in the comic.

Bali was the inspiration for the Tenkaichi Budokai island.

OK. Rudhiyasa does sound like an Indonesian name and so is 'Budhiyasa'. And the clincher is that the entrance of the arena where Budokai Tenkaichi took place in the manga does seem like the Balinese Candi Bentar (split gate).

'Rudhiyasa' from Dragon Ball vol.3 page 119...

...who is actually a 'Wayan Budhiyasa'?

Tenkaichi Budokai arena...

...which is inspired by the Balinese Candi Bentar (split gate)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The SMRT's highest-paid CEO, Desmond Kuek and his prophetic remark: "...there is much more to be done to improve rail reliability."

Just recently about 2 weeks ago, Desmond Kuek was quoted to say, "We have made tremendous progress on many fronts...but there is much more to be done to improve rail reliability." Fast forward to the present, well, yesterday to be precise, and we all know how accurate his prophecy was. There IS indeed much, MUCH more to be done to improve rail reliability. Hmmm...the commuters better heed what his saying from now on.

Perhaps because of his ability to envision the future (bleak in this case), that's why he was known as the highest paid CEO of SMRT? He earned more than $2.25 million last year, according to the company's latest annual report. The amount is nothing a surprise as SMRT director Tan Ek Kia commented that it "is benchmarked to peer companies...and is competitive and at a responsible level".

I am so interested to see how the remuneration shall be for the subsequent year. The question many shall wonder how the massive disruption of the train reliability yesterday be factored in for the next year's competitive & responsible reward system.

Wait, do I only say 'reward'?

Should there not be any punishment to be involved in what some have dubbed as the The Great MRT Breakdown?! I mean, it's got to be a simple carrot-and-stick method.

In the next annual general meeting of SMRT, there should be enough of conscientious shareholders raising the issue of accountability. Otherwise, shame of you, SMRT shareholders who just look forward for mere dividends!

PS. For the record, I am not a shareholder of SMRT as it's still in my interest to search for the so-called peer companies to which the SMRT CEO's fee was benchmarked to. Not just the comparison of the CEO-s' earnings, I'd love to see how these peer companies performing compared to SMRT financially.

READ ALSO:
- Straits Times, "SMRT chief Desmond Kuek apologises for train disruption, promises better train reliability". (Wed, 08/07/15)
- Yahoo! News, "SMRT apologises after massive three-hour train breakdown". (Wed, 08/07/15)
- Asiaone, "SMRT CEO's pay of over $2m beats predecessor's". (Thu 25/06/15)

My Kingdom for ... Durians!!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Urban People by Ion Orchard

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kox Koh the enterprising Carousell user who sells NDP tickets online may not even be a Singaporean??

Google for 'kox koh' and you'd come across to this Wikipedia entry, "Kokh Kox" which states that Kokh Kox (or Koh, as pronounced in Noon) is the creator god of the Noon people. And what is 'Noon people'? Well, the Serer-Noon also called Noon (sometimes spelt Non or None) are an ethnic people who occupy western Senegal. (I'm so dependent of Wikipedia. Heh.)

So is this just coincident or perhaps the online seller "kox koh" is not a Singaporean, but some Senegal scammer who tries to cheat the potential buyer with fictitious tickets?

I am so looking forward to seeing how the police can track this "kox koh". Then again, this may not be a crime itself so there may not be police involvement in cracking the case & unearth the bugger. Searching online for "selling ndp tickets illegally", I came across this Straits Times article, "NDP tickets this year available online - illegally" (21/06/2012) which said that if found to be involved in 'unauthorised distribution', sellers will be barred from participating in the ticket ballot for three years. That kind of penalty is not harsh enough, I guess.

Another article by Asiaone, "Debtor selling 6 balloted NDP tickets at $120 each" (10/07/2013) has the seller quoted to say:

"You say that selling is illegal, but what about the one who's buying? Would there be sellers if there isn't a demand for these tickets? This has been going on for many years now, and every year, there are as many buyers as there are sellers," he said.

"If I put the tickets up for sale but no one buys, I will be stuck with them in the end. I can't force people to buy the tickets. This will just keep happening every year."

That is so true. So why don't we have a punishment system not just for the seller of the NDP tickets but also for the buyer?! And please, to bar (both seller and buyer) from participating in the ticket ballot for three years is not really that deterring, for sure.

Just see the relevant Facebook page on this subject so far 1 commentator openly expressed his interest to buy. See? As long as the buyers do not feel it's wrong to purchase the NDP tickets, there will always be sellers. In short, I strongly suggest to start punishing the buyers as well.


READ ALSO:
- MSN, "The Singapore Golden Jubilee Black Market: NDP And Other Tickets Sold On Carousell".

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Singapore's very own "Le Transporteur" lah!

Facepalm. The guy's act can easily earn him the easy drive to stardom! Heh. With a BMW, he was illegally sneaking through the checkpoint and only after 2 hours, the long arm of the law eventually nabbed him.

I'd love to imagine the following speech/thought took place in the photo. With 4 references to the car-related movies. For sure you can tell the corresponding shows. Grin.


READ ALSO:
- Asiaone, "Man with 110 boxes arrested for not stopping at Tuas Checkpoint".

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

View from the Avenue of Stars - Hong Kong

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

On the wings of love...(or I hope to start my own collection of Aircraft Wings View Photography)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

of Mr Woo Wing Onn apologizing to the cyclist and yet still publicly shaming the cyclist when the video uploaded to STOMP?!

I am puzzled. Is this guy Mr Woo Wing Onn for real?? He drove so haphazardly close to the cyclist in front of him. And he came into contact with the cyclist when the latter stopped his bicycle because this driver Mr Woo was just so very close behind. He apologized, and yet the police still came (to be fair, the article below did not really reveal whether Mr Woo himself called the police. I guess the caller could have also been his wife. Unlikely the cyclist, though, because he was busy lifting his bicycle & slamming it onto the car. Reckon the cyclist must have turned green when he did it while roaring "UNGER SMASH!"...)

Yet despite the apology, this Mr Woo still uploaded the video to STOMP to publicly shame the cyclist?? Something is amiss here. Very much contradicting, isn't it? You apologize, but you still upload the video with ill intent to shame the cyclist for a road rage that could have been prevented in the first place if you as the driver was not driving your car so close behind the cyclist.

I am sure the cyclist has learnt his lesson. Instead of damaging his own bicycle by slamming it onto some stupid drivers' cars. He should just mutter a mantra repeatedly like, "Stupid car also another one". Or perhaps to install a video camera on his helmet (I assume he has a helmet like a proper cyclist's one) so that he himself can upload a video to STOMP to publicly shame the driver.

READ ALSO:
- MSN, "Cyclist fined $2,500 for hurling bicycle at car".

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Red Dragon...fly!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

of Vicky Zhao's eyes causing 'mental anguish'

Vicki Zhao is reported to cause a mental anguish to a man through the television screen? What an incredible news! The poor guy must have gotten lost in Vicki Zhao's eyes and got weak in a glance.

(Oh wait...I am definitely influence by this catchy song, "Lost In Your Eyes".)



I really am curious to see if the guy's complaint to a court in Pudong will ever become a legal suit. If the guy is actually a hardcore fan of hers, he might have devised the whole newsworthy case to bring Vicki Zhao back to the limelight.

For sure I'd love to re-watch some of the shows (TV series or movies) which she was starring in. Heh.

Vicki Zhao in "My Fair Princess"

Vicki Zhao in "Mulan: Rise of a Warrior"

Vicki Zhao in "14 Blades"

READ ALSO:
- Asiaone, "Zhao's eyes causing 'mental anguish'".

Sunday, June 07, 2015

of Americans Taste Test Singaporean Food

Check out thic clip, "Americans Taste Test Singaporean Food", namely char kway teow, cendol, laksa, and Hainanese chicken rice. It was uploaded 2 days ago on 5 June, and it has since gathered impressive 894,674 views! Heh.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Will Emcee Sharon Au end the SEA Games with "Thank You (name of country), Come Again"?

Perhaps Sharon Au just recently enjoyed a movie marathon of Harold & Kumar? Especially the part of the 1st movie, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" involving one of the Extreme Sports Punks mocking Kumar with his "Thank You, Come Again" with a strong Indian accent.



This is real life, however, and for sure trying to be funny like in the movie will just earn you a label of 'racist'. Hope Sharon Au learn her lesson.

On a separate note, this is the second time I've made the reference to the movie Harold & Kumar (But for clarification, though, the earlier post, "Racism is only funny in..."Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay". Not in the real world...or in the blogosphere" has nothing to do with Sharon Au.)

Anyway as expected Sharon Au is quick to apologize just one day after the incident. Whether the apology is accepted or not, I guess only time shall tell. Meanwhile, the forum like HWZ Forums, "Sharon Au might have said something quite inappropriate just before the SEA GAMES 2015 Opening Ceremony" has been bustling with comments (mostly negative) about the episode.

A little surprise too that Sharon Au has been featured No.1 at Yahoo! for "Trending Now". She's gaining tremendous publicity, alright.


The glittering SEA Games opening ceremony on Friday night seems to be marred by a spot of controversy.

Emcee Sharon Au could have ruffled some feathers with an inappropriate exchange with a young member of the audience during the ceremony's pre-show segment.

Journalist Bhavan Jaipragas, who was covering the event, posted about the incident on his Facebook page.

A Facebook post about Sharon Au's inappropriate comment.

Au and her fellow emcees, Chua Enlai and Nikki Muller, were trying to encourage audience members to say the phrase “Hello [name of country], welcome to Singapore” to welcome the overseas delegates as they marched into the stadium.

"In an audience interaction segment before the start of the SEA Games opening ceremony at the National Stadium, emcee Sharon Au approached an Indian girl seated in the stands. The girl did not perform the act as instructed (as did others before her). Au, speaking into a mike and with the cameras trained on her, shockingly put on a strong Indian accent, and while shaking her head from right to left asked the girl: 'What (Vat) happened? What happened?'” he wrote.

Bhavan also added that Au made fun of the girl’s name.

News agency AFP said Au "asked a small, ethnic Indian girl in the crowd to speak, and then mocked her accent".

The exchange happened at about 7.45pm, before the live broadcast of the SEA Games opening ceremony.

Yahoo Singapore understands that the SEA Games organising committee (SINGSOC) is aware of the incident and has contacted them for a response.
From Yahoo! News, "Did SEA Games emcee make racist comment before opening ceremony?".

A presenter at Singapore's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games' opening ceremony has apologised after she shocked onlookers by mocking a small, ethnic Indian girl about her accent.

TV personality and actress Sharon Au prompted a minor outcry after she approached the girl, who was sitting in the crowd with an older man, presumably her father.

"What (vat) happened, what happened?" she laughed, wobbling her head from side to side, after the girl stumbled as she tried to repeat a line welcoming athletes to the Games.

Au, who is ethnic Chinese, also teased the girl about her name, Kavya, calling her "caviar" instead.

The actress insisted her comments at Friday's ceremony were merely an attempt at humour as she apologised for the exchange.

"Some of you may have watched the pre-show and heard my attempt at mimicking an Indian accent," she posted on her Facebook page.

"It was intended to be comic but in hindsight I realise how insensitive it was. I sincerely apologise to those whom I've inadvertently offended."

Au is a well-known personality in Singapore who has been cast to play the wife of late strongman leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died in March, in "The LKY Musical".

Singapore, which is 74 percent ethnic Chinese, 13 percent Malay and nine percent Indian, has strict laws on stirring communal tensions after bloody race riots in the 1960s.

The ceremony incident drew a strong response on social media as the 11-nation, 36-sport SEA Games got underway with its first full day of competition on Saturday.

"A great start destroyed by a single racist act from host Sharon Au. Will we ever learn?" posted one Twitter user.
From MSN News, "SEA Games: Ceremony host sorry for 'insensitive' comment".

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Fight back to school...of fish

Monday, June 01, 2015

of Superstitions of South East Asia #YTFF

What a hilarious clip, "Superstitions of South East Asia #YTFF". Check it out!


I especially am amused with the skit by LASTDAY Production, about the Indonesian superstition on how when taking a photo (not necessarily just a selfie), it must not take the photo of three persons at one time because the person who is at the middle is supposedly be dead.

Upon further googling, I come to this site, "Superstitions of Indonesia" and this specific entry does not really specify the number 'three', just to avoid 'odd numbers' when taking a photo.
Avoid taking pictures with odd-numbers of people present as this would result in the quick death of one of them.

Heh. Interesting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

True Love Kiss...of a dolphin

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

at Vivocity random shot: The Avengers - Age of Ultron

Friday, April 17, 2015

of Email in Real Life

Check it out--this hilarious YouTube clip, "Email in Real Life". It's said to be the sequel to Conference Call in Real Life. Heh. Gotta check it out too soon!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

of Game Theory: Toad's DEADLY Secret (Super Mario Bros.)

Check this clip out, "Game Theory: Toad's DEADLY Secret (Super Mario Bros.)". Impressive clip at 1,916,029 views since it's uploaded a few days ago on 03/03. Intriguing theory too...and sigh, I do miss those good old days of playing Super Mario Bros. Heh.