Archive for 2008 年 08 月

Another shoot at Lower Pierce

Went down to Lower Pierce again. Played around with the metering and white balance today to get some different shots during sunset.

On the way there. Saw the setting sun casting these beautiful shadows and decide to snap.

Saw these bunch of monkeys.

The scene up looks so much nicer compared to the dark clouds that were filling the skies recently.

This is a tricky shot. Under-exposed at the right, over-exposed at the left.

Nice mah?

Intentionally darken the picture to get some warmer colors.

The sky starts to darken and i can hear thunders. Before i left, saw this very nice reddish clouds.

My ride.

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We need more babies for Singapore!

Recently, our dear PM announced a series of incentives for couples to give birth and thus increase the greying population of Singapore. He has been extremely kind, offering the carrot instead of stick to get the birth rate going.

Nah, below are some of the measures that i think will work jus as well, if not better. Of course, these are bound to receive many complains and criticism but they will come to accept it. See what happen to life annuity and integrated resorts?

Method 1:

Couples have sex but no babies. Why? Because there is a barrier commercially known as condom. While gahmen cannot ban condoms due to some reasons, they can surely impose a tax not unlike those on alcohol and cigarettes. When the price of condoms increase, couples will have no choice but bear the consequences of their urges. Somemore, this is another good source of revenue for the gahmen.

Method 2:

Work stress is killing the men sperms. Reduce the amount of hours married couples spend at work and you will get higher productivity in the bedrooms. Restrict the amount of hours of OT, fine companies when employees work too much. Hey, who say the gahmen can enjoy high procreation productivity without sacrificing anything?

Method 3:

Impose a higher fees for electricity used after 10pm. This way, married couples will feel the pinch and play less on PC, watch less TV. So where can they go beside the bedroom?

Method 4:

If method 3 is not easy to implement, then mediacorp can heed the gahmen’s calls and start showing porn after 10. If porn cannot kick start couples to start a healthy lifestyle, i dunnoe what can.

Method5:

Make the bedroom activities more interesting and challenging. Young couples, who are at the prime to make babies, like challenges. At every solemnization, give a free copy of Kama Sutra to the newly weds. Gahmen should be more pro-active in getting the young couples to do it.

So, do you think my ways are better than those from gahmen?

Is this double standards?

The Beijing Olympics has just ended last nite and our very own ping pong team will be back here to celebrate the hard-fought silver medal. Or will they?

The team manager, Antony Lee was rather shocked to hear that his services will not longer be required by the very team he brought to Beijing to win a medal back. Apparently, the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) led by president Ms Lee Bee Wah, also an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC i must stressed, felt that the absence of a coach during when the top singapore male player Gao Ning was playing was too much. He eventually lost to a much lower ranking player.

Although the explaination given was that one coach was supposed to be able to make it for Gao Ning’s match and then for another player Yangzi, the delay before Yangzi‘s match meant that the coach missed Gao Ning’s. Cannot blame the coach or the manager rite? Afterall, are Antony Lee or the head coach personally involved in the delay of the match and led to Gao Ning’s loss? Is she so sure that Gao Ning will win as long as there is a coach around?

So Ms Lee has claimed that the decision to ask Antony Lee to leave was made before the Olympics (zhun bo?) but i am sure many think otherwise. The untimely fashion of the announcement will lead people like me to think that she has a bone to pick with the manager or the head coach. She had just few days ago, so clearly expressed actions will be taken against someone responsible. So is all this a coincidence or wat? Also, i think Ms Lee can do much much better at breaking the news. Antony Lee only got to know this through some third party. I think this is utter dis-respect for someone who helped Singapore, in one way or another, clinched a Olympic medal that eluded Singapore for 48 years.

And what had Antony Lee, or the head coach done to directly cause Gao Ning’s loss? In the same way, we can ask what part has DPM Wong KS in the escape of Mas Selemat? If our PM has so graciously asked that we singaporeans not get into the habit of head cutting whenever a mistake was done, what has Ms Lee jus demostrate?

I am absolutely disgusted with the way she handled this issue. Yucks!

Words with meanings you never knew

The next time you uses these words, keep the origins in the back of your mind.

You gain some, you lose some

Went to pick up the GF today, but before that, i had to fix some power cable for her PC. To do that, i had to find an empty parking slot first. Rule #1, avoid vans and lorries. They are notorious for causing dents when they so carelessly open their doors. To adhere to this rule, i found a slot, two actually, and happily parked into one.

As i was poking at the parking coupon, one small Kancil filled with a whole Indian clan came into the lot beside mine. At the front passenger seat was an elderly Indian lady with a little boy sitting on her lap. As they were about to open the door, i felt a sick feeling coming. Its one of those where you anticipate something undesirable is about to happen.

The young boy, so carelessly, kicked the door open and straight into mine with a loud “Thud". Seriously, i was not shocked. Something like this is bound to happen one day but of all people, why Indians? And why when i was still in the car looking at him?

So i shifted my stare into the driver, presumably the father. And the lady. And the boy all at the same time. I could feel my blood boiling and i could really do something regretful, but i don’t really want something like tat to happen. I got off the car to inspect the damage and truthfully, i expected something worse. Maybe Kancil doors are not that solid afterall, but the damage is done and i really had to give the driver a “hullo? what’s the meaning of this" look.

He could only manage “I am very sorry" X 5 times and i don’t see a point in getting some monetary compensation. The dumb kid went to the back door and while trying to get to the back passengers, nearly repeat his irresponsible act again to my back doors. I could imagine my hands on his neck and squeezing every bit of air from him should he had really done so.

I told the driver “forget it" since this whole incident was caused by a kid and kids, being kids, do not understand what went through the minds of adults. I was sure i had caused misery to some poor adults when i was young (as an adult, i still cause misery to others) so i really see no point in pursuing this matter.

So for the rest of the day, i seek retail therapy to sooth my aching heart.

Bought a CD from That CD Shop at suntec. The album is Mansion 3 from High Society, a compilation of lounge music and acid jazz. I thought this would be great driving tunes as i got bored from radio.

Comes with a nice silky smooth pouch too.

You get all this for $29. I wouldn’t really spend moolah on CDs like this but today, i need to. Am listening to it while writing this post.

Went to buy a pair of shoes from Hush Puppies. Not an impulse buy, i have been eyeing this pair for like 2 weeks? Had to ask the sales-lady at suntec outlet to check with other outlets for the color and my size since it was no stock.

Tiring and frustrating day. I don’t really feel anything negative for people of Indian race. I enjoyed Indian food and have no problems buying stuffs from Mustafa. I hope i stayed like this tomorrow morning when i see the scratches on my car door again. In the meantime, i shall listen to the CD and wear my shoes to sleep.

Battle of the Ah-Beng cars on Top Gear

The rivalry between the Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru WRX has taken many years to reach what it is today. Find out on Top Gear which on the two has Jeremy Clarkson smiling.

Here.

Ten reasons why i love Singapore

Its 9th August today and in Singapore, we celebrate our 43rd National Day.

As a Singaporean, i shared the nation’s pride and joy in the journey made this far. From a small unknown fishing village, singaporeans overcame many obstacles and setbacks to turn into the developed nation today. So on this day, when Singapore turn 43, its time to find out what exactly i loved about my country.

1) Leaders running the country with exceptional foresight and wisdom that can only be gained after joining certain political party. With a salary pegged to the best in private sectors, they are almost incorruptible but not always infallible. Even grave mistakes can be forgiven so they, while enjoying the best perks of both the private and public sectors, run the country to ensure that Singaporeans like me die without seeing a large part of our own hard-earned monies.

2) World-class transport system of bus and train companies which are more interested in profits rather than serving the public. Removing bus lines running along new train routes totally destroy one’s freedom to choose whichever is more convenient or efficient. Increasing frequency of train services during lunch hour is so totally hearing our needs. Peace-disturbing TVs on buses is like, so totally entertaining.

3) Media (newspapers, radio, TVs, getting to internet) to spread the word. Or should i say, there is no word. Total shutoff and biased, our media is wholly gahmen owned and it certainly does not bite the hand that feeds. Oh boy, don’t i love our media, if i am working for them.

4) Multi-racial, multi-national people to make up Singaporeans. No, me is not being racist or anything, i don’t despise bhanglars, china-men. I do sometimes admire them for their diligence and willingness to slog hard (for whatever reasons) and take up jobs that local-borns shun. However, i really feel the imbalance when i knew of them doing things like groping during countdown parties (i heard those bhanglars are responsible), or some talents pushing the locals’ pay down blah blah. Some even have the cheek to as for the benefits only locals enjoyed (for now).

5) The growing disparity between the have’s and the have’s-not. COE for small cars are dropping every bid (i am getting over this), a clear indication of the slowing buying market. Yet, brands like Ferrari, Porsche are posting record sales. See? I always tot that Singapore is a nice place to be in, seriously, but only if you are rich.

6) Singapore is such a hot place. The only variation in seasons i can get here is hot and wet, hot and very wet, hot and dry or just hot. And i happen to hate hot weather because i sweat very easily. But on the other hand, thankfully for this weather, my wardrobe is simple (read cheap to maintain).

7) Singapore is a food paradise. Satay, 海南雞飯, 炒粿條, 豬雜湯, durian, chilli crabs…. a variety of delicious yummies that can be found all over the island if one spend some efforts to find and travel. I don’t live my life based on “Live to eat" motto but i believe in enjoying good food whenever possible. Here I also get to choose from Italian, Japanese, French, Turkish, Taiwanese restaurants should i wish to.

8) Roads. I must say, our roads, with all the road signs, never-ending re-paving, are really comforting if you seen the roads overseas. I don’t really complain about roads, except when i am have to pay to use them. I really enjoy driving so this silly ERP thingy is a total killjoy to me.

9) Friends. My friends, family are all here. I am so familiar with everything here, although its slowly changing with the increasing foreign talents. I feel so at home here, although it changing with more friends immigrating overseas. I have a job here, although its starting to dawn on me with this job, i can say goodbye to financial freedom.

10) Whenever i go overseas for work or holiday and i returned via Changi airport, i always get a coming-home feeling in the taxi towards my home. I always enjoyed myself during my holidays in HK, Taiwan etc so it feels extremely sucky on the flight back. But once touchdown, everything becomes so familiar again.

Ok, so i don’t really love everything written above. I am not a fan of our main ruling party, I harbored intentions to immigrate (become a quitter!), but there are some here that my heart become attached to. I still call Singapore my home, my country.

Happy National Day!