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

- 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.

- 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