Monday, May 28, 2007

The Endangered Singaporean!!! (The Malaysian Paper's Perspective)

Strained by fast-paced growth

I extracted the below
" People are feeling the pinch of insufficient hospital beds and doctors, delayed buses and cramped trains, which runs counter to the city’s traditional image of efficiency.
Some public services are facing stresses in the wake of a 60% surge in the population in the past 16 years. "

> Hospitals. A serious shortage of beds led to a decision to build two more hospitals. This followed complaints about sick patients having to wait months before they got a specialist appointment or a bed.

> Public transport. More cases of late buses or overcrowded trains at peak periods. The bus company responded by setting up a website to inform passengers how long they would have to wait for their next bus.

> Energy. The government reported it was seeking alternative energy sources and amended the Gas Act to guarantee all players open access to the gas pipeline network here.

> Imported sand. A 300-foot barge arrived with 7,000 tonnes of sand from Cambodia, to replace banned imports from Indonesia.

Honestly hor!, I also find Singapore many many people, go anyway and everywhere also many people. I always wonder how Singapore going to squeeze in more and more people by the millions. Also if Singaporeans don't pro create and the Govt. gives out more citizenship, PR, then Singapore gonna change name to become Talented-pore ?
OR we have name change every couple of years depending on which country citizens have the most proportion of residents here...
Think I should also look at migration to Malaysia least good to be in a country on the upwards trend then to be somewhere where the growth has plateau-ed.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Tornados in Singapore ???

Someone sent these pictures on the left to me...

spotted off the east coast of Sentosa...
An omen of sorts?


What are Tornados? -

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air which is in contact with both a cumulonimbus (or, in rare cases, a cumulus) cloud base and the surface of the earth. Tornadoes come in many sizes, but are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, with the narrow end touching the earth. Often, a cloud of debris encircles the lower portion of the funnel.

Most tornadoes have wind speeds of 110 mph (175 km/h) or less, are approximately 250 feet (75 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. However, some tornadoes attain wind speeds of more than 300 mph (480 km/h), stretch more than a mile (1.6 km) across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).

(Source: Wikipedia. last accessed 25-05-07)

Food that Binds?

I reproduced an article in TODAY! which I thought is a good piece of "journalism".

TODAY!, I find offers and publishes views that you do not normally find in "The Straits Times", of course the only other time I was a bit peeved was when Mr Brown was taken off.

I supposed, if I am a American, I would find the occasion of nothing more than an attempt to kindle the "patriotic" fire in each and every Singaporean who was there. An attempt to tell Singaporeans that this is Home, where your favourite Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Chwee Kueh, Satay is. Nonetheless, to eat, you need to register first hor...

Guess a good thing that came out of this was the food and the opportunity for Singaporean overseas to connect and network with other Singaporeans there.

"lai lai lai, Sing-Ka-Pore-an come come here, talk cock, sing song and makan!"

Singapore always Singapore!!!!

Not a recipe to win hearts over More intrinsic appeal needed to woo overseas locals back

Siew Kum Hong

I WENT to Singapore Day in New York a couple of weeks back. I was there for work, was with a Singaporean friend living in the city who wanted to go, and eventually found myself in Central Park on a bright, sunny Saturday.
The event was undoubtedly a success. The hawkers were a big hit, with some queues taking up to two hours. Still, some Singaporeans I spoke to had reservations, even as they enjoyed the food.

Some queried the registration requirement and amount of information requested, and wondered if the Government is using the event as an excuse to gather data on overseas Singaporeans. Others found the tone of the event — which included National Day songs belted out by homegrown entertainers — off-putting, as it reminded them why they had left Singapore in the first place.

While I applaud the idea of Singapore Day, I think these views are nevertheless valuable and interesting. There was a certain fuzziness around what the event sought to do, but I doubt it was a sinister effort to track overseas Singaporeans, a theory I find borders on paranoia.

Was it a disguised attempt at getting Singaporeans to come home? If so, it needs to be more sophisticated in its approach. The performance of the National Day songs came across as being over-the-top and contrived.

A Singaporean who liked the idea of re-connecting with her country was turned off by the hardsell and rolled her eyes at the brochures on integrating returning Singaporeans' kids into our education system. I also met more than one gay Singaporean, who, regardless of however much he or she enjoyed the event, were all convinced that they would never return home.
I prefer to take the Government at face value and think that the event served to refresh connections with overseas Singaporeans, to remind and update them about Singapore.

However, I also noticed certain unflattering aspects. There were no activities for kids. The American husband of another Singaporean noted the irony of flying in Singaporean bands that sounded exactly like many other bands in New York. (The highlight for me was the getai skit from Royston Tan's upcoming film 881.) There was a lack of recycling bins despite the number of Yeo's-sponsored canned drinks being guzzled down.

And, as pointed out by another Singaporean, it was a "typically Singaporean" event, with a singular emphasis on food.

I was bothered by this display of food as the overarching — and apparently sole — factor that unifies Singaporeans. (And I am at least as greedy as the next food-loving Singaporean.) The identification of eatables as being at the core of "Singaporeanness" betrays a certain pragmatic consumerism and materialism. If being Singaporean is so intimately tied to something extrinsic, what will happen when it is gone?

Singapore Day hinted at the troubling answer. The crowds thinned considerably as the stalls ran out of food. Few stayed for the entertainment flown in from home. Fewer paid any attention to the displays and booths touting the developments at home and that of overseas Singaporeans. In fact, there was a lack of interest in anything other than the food — and when the food was gone, there was little interest in anything at the event at all.

Food can be replicated, even if it is difficult to do so authentically. New York-based movie director and foodie Colin Goh said all the local fare at Singapore Day was available in New York except for the chwee kueh. That was the first item to run out.

The sad truth is that while food is the easiest and surest way to tie Singaporeans' minds to Singapore, it is a tie that does not bind tightly, if at all. We would do well to develop and emphasise other ties that are far more intangible and emotional — and hence tighter and less easily displaced and replaced.

This will require greater subtlety, creativity and resources. Perhaps Singapore could be "recreated" through miniature replicas of familiar landmarks. Instead of including rubber bands in goodie bags with instructions on how to play "zero point", a zero-point competition could be held for children and adults. Another suggestion I heard was to have people register for a Friendster-type social networking service, to tease out connections between people.

The aim of events such as Singapore Day should be to engage people's hearts and minds, not just their stomachs. Otherwise, overseas Singaporeans may flock to future Singapore Days, but the events will not deepen or strengthen their links with Singapore.

The writer is a Nominated Member of Parliament and corporate counsel, commenting in his personal capacity.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

War Hero Lim Bo Seng is a MG not a Major! Don't demote him

Recently, someone wrote to the press to comment about the INACCURATE information on the storyboard erected near the Lim Bo Seng Memorial.

The story board reads: 'The memorial was built in 1954 in memory of Major Lim Bo Seng who led Force 136, an anti-Japanese resistance movement.'

The reply from NHB was: "When war hero Lim Bo Seng led Force 136, he was then a major in rank. It was only posthumously that he was accorded the rank of major-general by the nationalist government in China in 1946. Seen in this context, the statement is factually accurate"

It is a practice that we addressed a person based on their final rank unless we are addressing specific instances when he was holding a lower rank. Once a person is given a posthumous promotion, all references to him/her anywhere, be they on memorial boards, simi boards, etc are scribed with the last rank that he/she holds.

If the above reply from NHB holds true, then many of our posthumously promoted people from the Army and Police , would also be demoted when we talk about their achievements and all. People who are still living and carry the title of BG, Col, MG, etc should also not carry them, as they refer to only specific instances and not applicable to their current living instance.


Skill Set

Increasingly I feel that as a librarian, our skill set make us pretty difficult to seek greener pasture elsewhere. In a way, to say that our skill set is narrow also don't seems like it, but then our relevant or how applicable is our set of skills "pounced" upon by people in the various industries outside.

Also not helped when everyone and anyone think they also know how to search for things.

Adding value- think we all should have learnt that after some years of working if the earlier years didn't help.

hmm....if people continue to become lazy and/or continue to seek cost reduction as people see that as non core to their organisation, then maybe our "librarian industry" would do well....but then hor got profssional research organisation loh...

sigh. dark days? I also not sure... but now not so bright least thats what I think.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Seemingly No Title!

Well, I have no title for this post, not that I don't have but seemingly not appropriate one.

OK, many days no come here to "refresh" this blog liao, so here I am.

People asked, where me go, and so here I say...

children sick one after another, and when recovered, another round of all 3 of them going sick happen again. now that took 2 weeks for 3 kids 2 times fever, cough and running nose altogether.

then after that, me sick!!! high fever and see doctor. best part, see doctor, colleague tell me must attend meeting no matter what, as she would attend if she "is" me too. you know hor, that moment! I want to say, knn! That weekend, I so pissed, me no reply and pick up handphone for the entire weekend, seems like such achievement hor!

Anyway, me along have this fever on and off for 2 weeks plus liao, guess the "flashpoint" was the kids and so me kenna triggered with the high fever. Just as well, me ok now.

Now! drum roll... I want to ....

announce my roll of thanks to the following people for having showed me much concern over me and my kids illness... now.... thank you all!

Ok. now talk about other things.

Today I heard about this Hwa Chong Institution boy who "hood-ed" a bus captain (bus driver lah) , who had retained the boy's girlfriend's Ezylink Card (OR my generation call the "bus card"). After that damn drama, the boy brought the kid to the bus interchange and the FATHER kneeled to beg for forgivenesss!

So I kapoh kapoh go find out more from newpapers and all lah.

You know, I very admire this FATHER! His love for the kid goes many wonders and the father knows this is already a criminal offence and the type that can go to jail one! So Father go begging for forgiveness!. I don't want to say father's action right or not right or whether this boy so pampered to such aggravation that his violent hormones all want to pick a fight.

I can only say hor, in my "kee-na" days. if I do something like that, me would be whacked either by 1) the bus captain, 2) the people around me when I do something like that or 3) my father will whack me first, then go to the bus interchange and say " Send this boy to jail, punish him hard hard!"

Guess those kind of teaching do me alright as I can say I quite lah, law abiding citizen and who would at least give up me seat and space to more deserving unfortunate people.

Bus Captain punched for doing HIS job!!!!

What is the world coming to?

And you know what? after that the young man still can say misunderstanding!!!

Guess HE THE ONLY one who misunderstood, as everyone else's story is very coherent...

This incident requires the Bus Company to take a heavy handed approach and pursue all avenues of justice! This one if let go easily, sure got many other places, got dominino effect one!
here punch and there punch everyone who is doing their job, as long as they are not civil servants (so lesser offence!).


No joke! should send this chap to be tied on a tree and "hood" him hard hard by all bus captains in Singapore, for insulting their profession.