Archive for 2011 年 04 月

Election joke

*reposted from somewhere else*

While walking down the street one day a MP is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

The MP’s soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter . “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you."

“No problem, just let me in," says the MP.

St. Peter says, “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

“Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in? heaven," says the MP.

“I’m sorry, but we have our rules", replies St.Peter.

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

“Now it’s time to visit heaven," St Peter says.

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and the 24 hours in heaven passes by and St Peter returns.

“Well, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now which will you choose for your eternity?" St Peter asks.

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers, “Well, I never would have thought it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be happier and better off .. in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The Devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.

“I don’t understand," stammers the MP. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says,

“Yesterday we were campaigning…….

Today .. YOU voted.

Remember Election is here.

VOTE wisely!

Sibei creative lah!!

Can see SDP really got put in effort for this video, not the usual serious talking style.

If we Singaporeans, true local born sinkies, can’t put country and nation before our self interest, what have we degrade to?

Sibei hot part 2

Elections day is drawing near and the ruling party has begun throwing all they can into the arena, hoping to lead the voters into their school of logic.

One good example is Mr MBT and his example of how a young couple can afford a flat, as extracted in the news report below.

Mr Mah cited an example of how a young couple below 30 and earning a combined income of S$4,000 can pay the 5 per cent downpayment for a new four-room HDB flat with no cash after working for half a year to build up their CPF, and pay less than S$50 for their monthly mortgage payment.

He told reporters: “You would get a flat with zero deposit. Now, how many countries in the world can say that? How many housing ministers in the world can say what I have just said?"

Now, if we were to look in depth at his words, as advised by his colleague, our deputy PM Wong KS, the sums do not seem quite right.

With a couple, both working for half a year, what would be the amount of CPF they have inside the Ordinary account?

Income = $4k

CPF contribution = 35.5% which will amounts to $1420

Ordinary Accounts (combined) = $920 (22% of wages)

For 6 months, Ordinary account = $5,520

Now we have the amount inside, let’s see what is the price of the house they will be getting.

Deposit = 5% of house price

If $5,520 = 5%

House price 100% = $110,400 excluding stamp fee duty, option fee and whatever fees HDB charges.

What 4 room flat can one get with $110,400?

Which 4 room flat cost this amount nowadays?

Thats why, i wonder if MBT really knows what is going on.

2010 Taiwan – Day 7 (高雄,旗津)

As I mentioned before, because we brought little clothing, we had to do our laundry every few days. The plan today was to let the laundry run while we had breakfast.

Toast with soya bean drink and ice milk tea.

鮪魚蛋餅, tuna with egg pancake.

菜頭粿, fried carrot cake.

We went back to get our laundry, dropped them in the hotel room and went for our first destination, the island of QiJing (旗津).

We took the MTR, alighted and followed the signs to the harbor.

The ferry terminal which we took the ferry to 旗津.

The tower that greeted us when we got off the ferry at 旗津.

Basically, 旗津 or QiJin is a very narrow and long island running parallel to the coast of Kaoshiong (高雄). The island is famous for its fresh seafood, and the BBQ squid is one of the more well known snacks.

The last time we came here, we underestimated the size of the island and thought we could cover it on foot. This time, we knew better.

Our mode of transportation for the island trip!

Although it looked flimsy, felt seriously underpowered, every turn and corner potentially an overturn, the fun and excitement to be riding on the roads on this is indescribable. Pity I can’t get this back home.

The long and seemingly never-ending road along the coast.

The beach and its grayish sand.

A temple along the road.

We rode to this place for lunch. Had we silly gone on foot again, we would probably give up before reaching this place.

Before ordering, we had to buy vouchers like these. No worries here, since unused vouchers can be redeemed back.

Steamed fish. So fresh, so sweet, and yet so cheap.

Must order some veggies lah, if not unhealthy.

Scallops with celery.

BBQ pig’s trotters.

As the bike rental was for 2 hours, we had to be on our way back to the harbor after lunch.

Toot toot…

Bye bye QiJin. Till next time.

Actually, I thought QiJin was not as bustling as compared to my previous visit. For example, the numerous countless stalls selling BBQ squids were not longer found. The crowd only hang around the harbor area, nice places like our lunch venue were very quiet. I wondered if this place is slowly losing its appeal.

Shopping time at Shinkuchan or 新堀江.

We went back to our hotel room after this. I had to get one of this…

Can’t get enough of this.

The mini arena shopping center, 小巨蛋 as its known.

The night market, RuiFeng 瑞豐夜市 is a well known night market which the locals go to.

Big fried squid.

Queue number happened to be my favorite number.

Thailand style prawn fritters.

Dumplings!!!

This night market is not all food. Stalls selling clothing, accessories and all sorts of stuffs.

And my GF spotted this brown pillow as one of the prizes.

And so I had a game. Haha…

The targets were those kidney shaped balloons about 3 meters away from where I stood.

The air-pistol I was to use.

The result.

We only need 28 points for the brown pillow. As the guy was trying to get the pillow down for us, I noticed a family of three beside us trying to see what they could redeem with the points they had. Apparently, they were short of two. I gave them what I had left.

Its time for more food after the game.

One of the stalls was this Mongolian Teppanyaki. What we had to do, was first to choose what we want from this…

and take as much as we can to fill this bowl…

There is a trick to doing this. Fill the solid stuffs like vermicelli at the bottom and veggies on top. Hand this to the chef and…

he will do the rest.

Ta-da!!!

The rice, soup is free flow. Oh, the price list is as such…

After this, we were really filled to the brim and can eat no more. What a tiring and filling day!

See liao blood boil ah!!!

When i read the papers today, something really got under my skin and I have to vent it out here.

The following is an extract from what Mr Mah BT said, in reply to Workers’ Party call for HDB to peg new house prices to median salary.

Inserted in between are my thoughts.

“All the markets are inter-linked … So, when you reduce new flat prices, there’ll be an impact on the resale flat market," he said.

What is he talking about? New flat can only sell after 5 years, by that time, a lot of things would have changed. And who are those buying new flats? Young couples who have just started working and should not be asked to fight with the market out there, comprising of people who have worked for some years/have saved up along the way or rich PRs. And of course they are inter-linked, so by not controlling the resale market, they have indirectly raised the prices of new flats. Can’t he see the fucking logic?

Mr Mah, who spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Corporate Seminar, said a price reduction means the Government would have to provide additional subsidies.

I LOL-ed at this statement. In the first place, the subsidy given was non-existent, a mere discount by a far-fetched standard. Subsidy, according to the dictionary, is “a grant or contribution of money". I will only ever consider a subsidy is given if gahmen sells new flats below the cost price. Don’t try to smoke us by saying that gahmen gives subsidies since they are selling flats below market rates. In the fucking first place, HDB is meant to be cheap and affordable, not pegged to market rates. WP’s recommendation to peg to median salary was already kind enough in my opinion.

He defended the PAP’s approach: “We’re proud of the asset enhancement policy. (It) has given almost all Singaporeans a home of their own, a home that’s also an asset … that grows in value over time."

So what if it grows? We are merely owning it for 99 years. We have to pay from CPF, pay back with that fucking interest back to CPF when we sell the house. And since the market is growing endlessly, we sell the house and need to buy another, which would be ridiculously expensive. So what’s the fucking point?

Please lah, PAP. You painted such a nice beautiful picture but it’s a vicious cycle until we get out and buy from private market. Isn’t PAP screwing with its people, the young ones especially when HDB new flats are so freaking expensive?

HDB expensive > young singaporeans cannot afford + FT coming in to depress the salary level = need to save up much longer to get married = marry late = no time for kids = singaporeans’ population decrease > import FTs

Isn’t this so obvious?

And yet, PAP, you don’t want to realize your mistake and start making amendments?

No matter how much ang bao money you can give, this HDB issue alone is enough to make me vote against you.

Shoot faster than I think

I did something I seriously regretted last night.

I leaked out something which was meant to be a secret. Something which could have embarrassed the concerned person. Really. Fuck me.

I felt that I have failed one of my resolutions for this year. That is to be aware of the consequences of the things which I say or do. Having said what I said last night, I did not spare a thought for the concerned person. I also did not spare a thought for the person who told me this news, for I had indirectly damaged her reputation. And lastly, to myself. Seriously, what have i degraded to? Gossip monger?

Really. Fuck me.

 

Sense of satisfaction

At the start of 2011, i made a list of things I want to do in 2011. I noted all these down in my little journal and look at them every week. And it got me very excited this week because I can put a ‘tick’ beside two items.

One of which, was actually quite depressing. It was to sell away the things that I have no use for, and that includes my faithful Olympus SP-500UZ camera. I bought this camera back somewhere around 2005, then for a price of $599. It was a huge upgrade from the C350, and I adored it dearly.

Sadly, its fall from grace came when I bought the Fujifilm S100-FS in 2008. The final nail in its coffin is the NEX-3 that I bought last year. With five cameras between me and my girlfriend, the SP500 had little to no use at all.

And so with a heavy heart, I brought the camera to the nearest Cash Converter. Felt like someone who is bringing his pet for a euthanasia.

The second item, was more uplifting. Today, for the first time, i cycled to work and back. Although I find it quite troublesome to change clothes, being able to cycle in the early morning, cutting through the private housing, was extremely refreshing. Cycling back home, was a different experience. The rush hour traffic, all the people rushing to go somewhere else since it is Friday, the road was horrible.

But i hope to continue. Maybe not everyday, but more frequently that is.