Thursday, July 07, 2016

A hoax? Alleged notification from MFA on impending bomb attacks in Riau Islands.

Referring to Asiaone, "Flyers surface in Batam warning of bomb attacks targeting Singaporeans", I just wonder if it may just be a hoax.

I too received the whatsapp message about it:

Notification from MFA:
Batam Today reported on 5 Jul that flyers were found which mentioned that there would be bomb attacks in a number of places in the Riau Islands, including the port of Batam Centre, Nagoya, Bunyan Telani and Tanjung Pinang. The flyers also said that tourists from Malaysia and Singapore would be targeted and that the militants had arrived in Riau "two weeks ago". Tanjung Pinang District Policy Chief confirmed the existence of the flyer and said it was under investigation.

But when I clicked the link above, it mentions that "The page that you are looking for cannot be found. Please check the URL to ensure that the path is correct."

I also attempted to check the Batam Today, but the website failed to load.

Trying to use Google News, but also unable to find such an article from Batam Today.

So is this really a hoax? Well, I believe so.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The Archer at The Orchard ION Mall

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Merlion and the sightseers (yes, don't just see the lady with the killer heels!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Beauty ... and the Penguin

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Fountain of Wealth

Sunday, March 06, 2016

of Zhou Decheng, the missing 71-year-old man who suffers from dementia

It was a peacefully warm Saturday afternoon and I was waiting for bus 859 when this poster beckoned to me. It was about a missing person, a 71-year-old Zhou Decheng who was last seen at Blk 336 Clementi Avenue 2 on 27 Feb 2016 at about 7 am. The poster also stated that Zhou suffered from dementia. I can't imagine how his family are feeling. They must have searched for the whole Clementi & extended their effort throughout Singapore even to the northern part like Sembawang. Sigh. Granted Singapore is relatively small, but still to expect to locate 1 person among the 5.54 million people (at least as per Statistics Singapore for June 2015) is not an easy task. And to add to that Zhou Decheng is not exactly young himself & moreover he suffers from dementia.

Wikipedia mentions that:
Globally, dementia affects 36 million people. About 10% of people develop the disorder at some point in their lives. It becomes more common with age. About 3% of people between the ages of 65–74 have dementia, 19% between 75 and 84 and nearly half of those over 85 years of age.

Think about it. One day we too may possibly be suffering from dementia. And we too may cause distress to our loved ones if one day, we go missing like what happens to Zhou Decheng.

Sigh. I am not so looking forward growing older...

...and this joke is no longer funny to me.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

of Prudential Relationship Reconnect in Singapore

So what's your take on the clip, "Prudential Relationship Reconnect in Singapore"? The goal of this “social experiment” to see if simply looking at someone for four quiet, uninterrupted minutes could create a sense of closeness and empathy. Interesting, really. But why four minutes? Will the same result be obtained if the duration is shorter? Will a more profound sense of closeness and empathy be generated if the duration is longer?

The Climbing Dutchman...


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

of Madonna - a rebel not without a cause?

So you have read the Straits Times, "Catholic Archbishop expresses grave concerns about Madonna's concert this Sunday" in which the Archbishop William Goh reminded Catholics that it was their "moral obligation not to support those who denigrate and insult religions, including anti-Christian and immoral values promoted by the secular world". He also emphasized that "there is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present (at these events) in itself is a counter witness. Obedience to God and His commandments must come before the arts."

The event he was referring to is about Madonna's Rebel Heart tour which MDA gives it a R18 rating. In addition, one of the songs, a controversial "Holy Water", which features pole-dancing nuns and large crosses, would not be allowed as it contains “religiously-sensitive content which breach (MDA) guidelines.

Well, this is not really a big surprise, is it? Express in its article dated 17 Sept 2015, "Catholics furious with Madonna's latest on stage stunt" shared how Madonna was surrounded by bikini clad dancers in nun outfits & she was seen stripping off her skirt to reveal a skimpy, corseted costume as she holds on to a pole in the shape of a crucifix while balancing on top of one of the horizontally splayed dancers.

In the past (the good old Eighties), her video music "Like a Prayer" was also condemned by the Vatican. The family and religious groups also protested its broadcast & boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial.

The Fact magazine once quoted Madonna in the article dated 5 Oct 2013, "Madonna opens up about religion, being raped at knifepoint and adoption in piece for Harper’s Bazaar" to say this about religion:

“I have a funny relationship with religion. I’m a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules. And yet we cannot live in a world without order. But for me, there is a difference between rules and order. Rules people follow without question. Order is what happens when words and actions bring people together, not tear them apart. Yes, I like to provoke; it’s in my DNA. But nine times out of 10, there’s a reason for it.”

Well, she does provoke, huh? Billboard reported that her fifth video album, "Drowned World Tour 2001" was deemed "too explicit" for Singapore and banned from release here. The Wikipedia article also states that MDA took offence with two scenes during the "What It Feels Like for a Girl" interlude, in particular Japanese-inspired animation sequences that depicted a monster fondling and raping an Asian girl.

Back to Madonna's banned performance of the song, "Holy Water" (which involves the pole-dancing nuns), I wonder if a similar negative reaction is successfully repeated if Madonna decides to make her show a comedy one. I am especially referring to "Monty Python Live (mostly)" which has a segment that included dancing nuns and cardinals and two giant suggestively-shaped cannons that fire confetti into the audience. Then again, no I have not done any further research whether this show was also banned in Singapore. Heh.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A tapir's 1st contact with a jack-o'-lantern

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Take On Me - Literal Video Version

Have you seen the hilarious, "Take On Me: Literal Video Version"? Well, it's not a new clip. It was uploaded in 2008 and it has since gathered 14,190,139 views.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Sad Truth of the Medishield Life's "Love of a Lifetime"

Here is the sad truth of the Medishield Life's clip, "Love of a Lifetime": the husband really dies.

Why is it, you ask. Isn't there a happy ending? Well, do refer to the clip when the elderly woman visits the hospital and the nurse (at 01:57) looks at her without her usual smile or greeting (unlike at the start of the clip at 0:25). In fact, a careful observer will notice that the nurse (at 01:57) is really forcing her smile abruptly thereafter.

Is it because the nurse is upset that she has to work during CNY? Nah, I don't think so. Nurses are real professional, you know. So the reason of such a response must be due to the fact that the husband of the elderly woman has passed away! (See, if he has recovered, don't you think the nurse will be joyful in her greeting to the elderly woman? Nurses are not actress. No way could she pretend to be sad just to temporarily mislead the elderly woman. The elderly woman is old, after all, so to quote The Black Eyed Peas, "No, no, no, no, don't phunk with [her] heart", right? That's just cruel.)

Well, so the husband passes away, but why then the subsequent scene shows he sits on the wheelchair?

Two possible reasons:
1) The elderly woman refuses to accept the truth (that her husband has passed away) and instead she imagines the miraculous recovery of her husband. It's not much a surprise as she has exhibited the creeping sign of mildly delusional as in her routine visits to the hospital, she always has with her the favorite popiah for her husband (who is not in a condition to consume it! What a waste of food...)


2) The supposedly heart-warming scenes of the husband in the wheelchair, hugged by the elderly woman and surrounded by their children are just the wishful last dying wish of the husband as he passes away. In addition, the scenes of the happy moments of him & the wife are just life flashes before his eyes as he is close to dying.

Either possibility is sad, huh?

Some of you may also notice how aptly Teresa Teng's song 恰似你的溫柔 (Just Like Your Tenderness) is used in the clip? The use of the song just foretells that the story is not meant to have a happy ending! Just check out the lyrics (here's the translated lyrics from Castle of Cosa Mesa page.)
On a certain year, certain month and that certain day
Just like a face, shattered
How am I move my lips to utter goodbye
How am I to just let all this go far away

This is not an easy task
Yet neither you nor I wept
Just let it come in silence
Then let it go, fully, totally

And now, a year follows another
Yet I cannot stop remembering it
Missing you, missing our yesterday

Wishing the for the winds from the sea
Because the caresses of the waves
Feel just like your tenderness

And now, a year follows another year
I cannot stop remembering it
Missing you, missing our yesterday

Wishing the for the winds from the sea
Because the caresses of the waves
Feel just like your tenderness

I guess the conclusion remarks I'd have to quote from "live Wise Blog":
Treasure your loved ones, my friends , for you don’t know how long you will have each other. Always kiss each other as if this is the last time you will see and hold each other. Love each other as if there is no tomorrow. Take each moment as a last chance you have to express your love , to forgive, to appreciate, to be thankful for your life.

And seriously, we do NOT need a once yearly Valentine's Day to express our love & appreciation to our loved ones.

Friday, February 12, 2016

of Marina Bay Sands being destroyed in the Indepence Day: Resurgence (Yes, it's a movie!)

Check out this cool trailer, "Independence Day: Resurgence | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX". It has gathered 19,387,408 views since it's uploaded on 13 Dec 2015. Oh, and Marina Bay Sands is shown to be destroyed? Genting Singapore will be joyful. Heh.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

May Just Be A Walk In The (Outram) Park...

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

of "S’pore chefs: ‘We try not to spit into food bloggers’ food too regularly’" being inspired by South Park?

Reading the New Nation, "S’pore chefs: ‘We try not to spit into food bloggers’ food too regularly’" (Yes, I know the tagline of the New Nation that is "50% real news"), I can't help to recall one episode of South Park, "You’re Not Yelping”, which by the way, also led to a hoax lawsuit. Heh.

of Palm oil producers angry over NUS finding on cholesterol link

Reading the Straits Times article, "Palm oil producers angry over NUS finding on cholesterol link" in which the Malaysian palm oil producers are upset over a finding by National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers that links palm oil consumption with higher levels of "bad" cholesterol in the body & that the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is expected to raise the issue with the Republic's authorities. The article also mentions that according to NUS' analysis of 30 past studies on palm oil consumption, eating palm oil leads to elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which in turn translate to a 6 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease incidence and death.


So I google further about the subject. And I came across this article from Epic 4 Health, "Palm Oil Increases Cholesterol Level : A Misconception" as well as this pdf article written by Dr. Koh Chu-Sing, "COMMENTS ON DRAFT DOCUMENT: DIET, NUTRITION AND THE PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASES".

The Epic 4 Health article has the following conclusion:

Palm oil has been used in food preparation since the last 5,000 years. Today, it is consumed worldwide as a cooking oil, margarines, shortening and as an ingredient in fat blends and a vast array of food products. Food manufacturers choose palm oil because it has a distinctive quality, nutrition attributes (tocotrienols and carotenoids), requires no hydrogenation (trans-fatty acid free) and non-GMO status.

Contrary to popular believe and misconception, based on scientific studies and publications, palm oil has been proven to have no effect at all on serum cholesterol level. Its saturated fat – C16 Palmitic fatty acid does not increase total serum cholesterol level.

The pdf article has the following 2 closing sentences:
it is hope [sic] that WHO would not discourage the world to use palm oil as part of the normal healthy diet as palm oil vis-a-vis other oils, is the most productive oil.

Palm oil could satisfy the world’s oils and fats demands without straining the earth’s limited land and energy resources.

So who is right and who is wrong? There should be further study on this. Really.

of the Mermaid: a fun movie with a not too preachy message of environmental awareness

I watched the movie, "The Mermaid" yesterday during the 1st day of Chinese New Year. No doubt it is a funny show, but it has a nice message about the environmental awareness too. One of the funniest part of the show is when the police sketched the mermaid as per the main character's description. Hilarious. Heh.

A mermaid: half a person, half a fish -- but which half?

On a side note, there's a reference to 'Admiral Zheng' which I'm not so sure whether it refers to the Admiral Zheng He. The timeline about "600 years ago" seems fit, though.

Auspicious red is the colour of Chinese New Year, but this festive offering wants you to turn green - with environmental awareness.

What is the point of making more money if you cannot take a breath of clean air or drink a drop of clean water?

The stark message here is that before humans destroy Earth with wanton development and endless appetites, they should stop and think about the consequences.

Wait a minute, is this a movie from the Hong Kong funnyman who gave viewers entertaining laugh riots such as Kung Fu Hustle (2004) and Shaolin Soccer (2001)?

Not to worry, despite the save- the-earth memo, this is very much a Stephen Chow-directed work and that means ludicrous situations and nonsensical jokes.

Some of the best bits involve Taiwanese singer-actor Show Lo gamely dressed up as a dreadlocked octopus who gets his tentacles manhandled, Liu Xuan trying desperately to convey the idea of a mermaid to two disbelieving, pedantic cops and Shan getting repeatedly thwarted as she tries to attack Liu.

There are also throwaway jokes, such as when a command to "gun kai" (get lost) is obeyed by underlings literally rolling ("gun") away ("kai").

What does not quite work is a bland Kitty Zhang (previously seen in Chow's CJ7, 2008) as a vampish businesswoman who wants to get into bed with Liu on Green Gulf.

And despite China star Deng's (The Four, 2012) best efforts at big expressions, one cannot help but wonder if the film would have been funnier if Chow, who can be both exaggerated and supremely deadpan, had acted instead.

But he would probably have been criticised for lining up a romance with the 19-year-old Lin had he done so - not the kind of splash he would want Mermaid to make.
From Straits Times, "Mermaid with a green message".

With Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow's latest work "The Mermaid" set to hit screens across China during next month's Spring Festival, the cast have taken time out to praise the director for his attention to detail and his desire to achieve perfection.

Chow is known for having strict demands of the actors and actresses who star in his films, but the cast, especially his leading stars Show Luo and Kris Wu, said they still enjoyed filming the science fiction comedy.

"I have to repeat my performance several times to meet the director's demands. It's toilsome but fun too."

"Every detail of the film is the best it can be because it's carefully selected by Grandmaster Sing."

The theme song of the movie, which was recently released, is a classic called "You Are Still the Best in the World."

Originally from the 1983 hit drama "Legend of the Condor Heroes," the song was re-recorded by Karen Mok and Adam Cheng.

It marks the first cooperation between Chow and Mok in 15 years.

The film is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey.
From, "Stephen Chow pursues perfection in 'Mermaid'".

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The last series of "Look Up ... " (I promise!)

Yeah. This is will be the last series of "Look Up ... ". Seriously. Heh. For the time being.

1. Look Up ... Dhalsim!

2. Look Up ... Luigi!

3. Look Up ... Donatello!

More of "Look Up..." series

Presenting (I have fun really choosing the images to mash up to the Chay Yu Wei's 'artwork':

1. Look Up ... Naruto!

2. Look Up ... Ant-Man!

3. Look Up ... UFO!

Friday, February 05, 2016

of Chay Yu Wei and his genuinely fake "Look Up"

So I guess I am truly amused by the story. Heh. Inspired by the 'photographer' Chay Yu Wei and his 'artwork' called "Look Up", I decide to have a try at his creation by doing the followings:
1) delete his nicely positioned aeropolane,
2) invert his photo colours,
3) google for 'monkey' and choose an image
4) crop the image of the monkey
5) go to no 2) above and create a new layer
6) paste the crop image of 4) to the new layer in 5)
7) position the new layer (with the monkey in it) to the top of the ladder

Voilà! Now you have it, and I'll opt to name it as "Look Up! The golden monkey shines so brightly on top of the ladder in the otherwise pitch dark of a night!" (Bleah, too wordy!)

- Straits Times, "Photographer whose viral altered photo won Nikon Facebook contest apologises for his 'mistake'".

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Sunset as I walk home...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

"The motion was passed - without those who had originally moved it."

I fall in love with Janice Heng. Yes. I am so entertained by her way of writing the article, "How the WP's NCMP motion was turned around by PAP". And her closing sentence of the article is just superb & aptly reflects to the irony of the situation: "The motion was passed - without those who had originally moved it." At first glance, the sentence does reek of paradox, doesn't it?

And all the drama is due to the Workers' Party candidate Ms Lee Li Lian who lost her Punggol East seat at the 2015 General Election, but had the highest vote percentage among the losing opposition candidates with 48.23 per cent of votes, making her eligible for an NCMP seat, but alas she declined to take up the position. She was once quoted to say: "Majority of the voters in Punggol East decided to not give me the mandate after 2.5 years, and we must respect this. The NCMP role is better suited for an aspiring MP who has no such experience and should take this up to show how he/she can contribute in Parliament".

I find it puzzling how she seems to conclude that a full-time MP cannot become a full-time NCMP. Whether you're an MP or an NCMP, if you are full time devoting your effort for the cause that you believe in, I reckon that is what really makes the difference. For me, Ms Lee Li Lian is being rather extreme in giving a limited choice to the voters, probably along this line (I doubt she uses Singlish, though): I can be only your full-time MP leh...and not your full-time NCMP. So ensure to vote for me to win hor, or else you don't see me in the political arena.

So the voters chose the 'or else...' and thus led to the latest episode on NCMP motion by WP which was passed without those who originally moved it.

'Cause I am the champion, and you're gonna hear me roar...Not!

PS. And now back to reading more of Janice Heng's articles. Told you I fall in love with her, didn't I?

Meisterstadt @ Batam (Fancy way to name the project as "The Champion City")

Thanks to Google Translate I now know what the project "Meisterstadt" means in English. It's a German word for "champion city". Hmmm. Check out the official website for more info. (If you understand the Bahasa Indonesia, you may want to check also this website

Well, the rationale seems sound alright as the project targets Singaporeans as the buyers. Nothing new. Recall the article last year about "Villas being built near Batam in lagoon with dolphins, developer eyes Singapore buyers" in which it says that "an Indonesian developer says Singapore buyers are showing keen interest in a project promising villas built over the sea, with dolphins at the residents' doorsteps. Batam-based developer PT Batam Island Marina and its Singapore investment partner Seven Seas FID are planning 64 villas, each shaped like a round bamboo hut and built around a lagoon with dolphins which residents can feed and play with."

Sorry if I digress, but try to google for "Seven Seas FID" and you'd come across to this page:

As per 31/01/16, it says that "SEVEN SEAS FID PTE. LTD. with Registration No.: 201418758Z was incorporated on 27 June 2014 (Friday) and as of 27 June 2014 (Friday) is a Live Limited Private Company. This Limited Private Company have been operating for 583 days."

OK. I don't know about you, but this rather short track record does not seem an assurance enough for me to look further about the property. Heh. With the same logic, I'd choose to scrutinize further about the developer of the Champion City Project (Meisterstadt) at Batam.

- Asiaone, "Indonesia's ex-President Habibie to build billion-dollar apartment project in Batam".

of an Ostalgia anthem, "East Germany - Under the Sea Parody"

Check out this clip, "East Germany - Under the Sea Parody". It was published on Nov 9, 2014 by "A Spoonful of Deutschland", and although the parody is really hilarious, it has gathered only about 14,160 views?? Nicht zu fassen!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

of “Bongcheon-Dong Ghost” by Horang

“Bongcheon-Dong Ghost” by Horang. This horror webtoon starts with a fair Warning that since it contains shocking scenes, reader discretion is advised for pregnant women, the elderly, and those suffering from serious medical conditions.

Check it out here...if you're up to it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

of Cats' First Encounter with a Baby (Consider about Toxoplasmosis already?)

Have you seen the endearing YouTube clip, "귀여운 아기와 고양이들의 첫만남 Cats' First Encounter with a Baby 赤ちゃんと猫たちの初の出会い[SURI&NOEL]"? It has gathered 1,289,555 views since it's uploaded last year on 6 Dec.

But seriously, read more about "Cats and Toxoplasmosis" and the health impact to the babies before you decide to try out the video in real life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A majestic SGH Bowyer Block

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jelly Baby Family!!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

of three peacocks...uhm...peacocking?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

of Santa-Banta jokes, and reality of Santa Banta featuring Satwant Singh and Beant Singh

The Economic Times has the article, "SC to examine plea to shut down websites with Santa Banta jokes" & The Times of India also features, "We will seriously examine plea to ban Santa-Banta jokes: SC".

So what is this "Santa-Banta jokes" about? Well, I did google on the terms (somehow I clicked wrongly on the 'Image'), and found many of the jokes are not in English. Oh well...but one in particular is not a joke, but has a rather serious message:

Really, I've got to do more research on these 2 characters: Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.

The Supreme Court, on 4 January, said that it would seriously examine the petition to ban Santa-Banta jokes. The petition claims the jokes are a violation of the human rights of the Sikh community.

Advocate Harvinder Chowdhury filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging that the jokes portrayed the Sikh community in a bad light - by showing them as individuals with 'low intellect'. The Delhi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (DGPC) has also stepped in and added weight to the petition making the issue more serious.

"Isn't it true that members of the Sikh community are large-hearted and the only community which has the capacity to laugh at itself?" a TOI report quoted Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur as saying after he was asked if people with the surname 'Singh' had to face ridicule.

The bench has directed the registry to list both the petitions by Chowdhury and DPSC.
From Catch News, "Santa-Banta jokes are not funny; SC to review ban plea".

Monday, January 04, 2016

of Singapore GaGa withdrawn from the Titian Budaya Festival...

...simply because the filmmaker Tan Pin Pin refuses to let Malaysian censors to have their way to cut the word 'animal' in Malay from the movie. Well, I have not yet watched the show so I can't comment about it. But one thing I must admit is that Tan Pin Pin has demonstrated that she'd not be buckled (at least, not easily) by the demand of Malaysian censors. Oh, and also it's a right move of her to withdraw the movie, Singapore GaGa from the festival as it has gathered even more publicity.

- MSN, "‘Animals’ a security threat, say Malaysian censors over Singaporean film".
- Channel NewsAsia, "Singapore GaGa pulled from Malaysia event after film censored".

Sunday, January 03, 2016

of Star Wars Disney - Let it Flow - Let it Go Frozen Parody

Check this hilarious clip (yes, again it's related to Star Wars!): "Star Wars Disney - Let it Flow - Let it Go Frozen Parody". Impressive with 7,797,089 views so far since it's uploaded on 21 Jan 2015.

I especially like this part of the lyrics. Heh.

"My power passes through the air to close the door.
My deadly lightsaber will help your body meet the floor.
My super reflexes reflect your laser blast."

of Star Wars : Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel (Full Length)

Check out the clip, "Star Wars : Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel (Full Length)". It has gathered 342,840 views since it's uploaded on 17 Dec 2015. Informative too. Heh.

of The Last Town - no, not a review...

...because reviewing this Wayward Pines #3 will be impossible without revealing spoilers of the previous 2 books of the trilogy. But enough to say, the 3rd book, The Last Town is equally engaging & it's able to make me reading it furiously for the whole day. Heh. The general tone of the book is a grim desperation, even the hope that it offers at the last part of the book is just an uncertainty by itself. Still, since when 'Hope' and 'Certainty' are coming along together? Hmmm....

No Deal: Urban Spa, City Hall: $25nett for 60-Min Swedish/Aromatherapy/Shiatsu Body Massage

Yes. No deal! Simply because the offer of "Urban Spa, City Hall: $25nett for 60-Min Swedish/Aromatherapy/Shiatsu Body Massage" has a rather confusing advertisement. It claims "1000 sold" and yet in the deal, it also says "Bought 133". Hmmm...

Saturday, January 02, 2016

of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Disney Mashup

Check out the mashup of The Force Awakens trailers and Disney movies. The YouTube clip has gathered 853,426 views since it's uploaded on 4 Oct last year. It should have boasted more views! Heh.