Archive for March, 2011

Ideas factory

Maintaining a blog is like keeping a diary during those yesteryears.

It takes discipline and commitment to keep writing and posting.

More importantly, it’s quite a challenge to keep coming up with new ideas. It was therefore quite heart-warming to read what Ignatius Low had to say in the March 2011 edition of The Straits Times’ weSubscribe.

Like him, I draw ideas from what I’ve seen, heard or my thoughts. Next is the delivery, either by varying the style, tone or even language.

Should have been a journalist, just like what my horoscope says!

Post Date: 22 April 2011


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Smell smell

Last time when I came into contact with babies, they always smell very good. My impression was that babies, like aroma oils, smelt nice naturally.

So when little girl came about, I was a little quizzical. She wasn’t always at her… aroma oil best. Moreover, little girl perspires a lot, no thanks to the stuffiness of our place.

Then it dawned on me – people tend to bring their babies out after a nice bath or wash-up. That way, the baby smells fresh and clean!

Either that, or Mama has been too stingy with the baby powder : )

Post Date: 22 April 2011

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Ok, I think I know where part of the problem is

I think I found part of the reason why I am not sleeping well…

(Reuters Health) – People who spend more pre-bedtime hours using the Internet or watching television are more likely to report that they don’t get enough sleep, even though they sleep almost as long as people who spend fewer pre-bedtime hours in front of a computer or television screen, survey findings show.

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As the temporary office is in CBD, I’ve been taking public transport to work. It allows me to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes – observing people.

The public transport scene has remained more or less the same over the years. The behaviour of people has not changed much either, regardless of whether they are locals or FTs. My observations are:

  • During peak periods, the buses and MRTs are still as crowded, like standing-on-the-steps crowded
  • The fare structure is complicated. You need a dedicated website to do the calculations for you.
  • On buses, the ABWK* syndrome is still very much alive
  • iPhones significantly dominate the smartphone market, at least for public transport commuters
  • Mahjong on smartphones seems to be a popular game
  • Do not wear expensive shoes, unless you don’t mind them being trampled on
  • Leave chivalry at home if you want to get to work on time
  • When the train door opens to reveal commuters standing near the door (indicating “No more space, don’t come in”), if you’re a guy, move towards a girl and try to occupy the space (or whatever’s left) in front of her. Likelihood is, she’ll want to protect herself and move in a little. If they are all guys… there’s always the next train.

* ABWK – Ao Beh Woo Kwee (Hokkien for ‘Ghost At the Back’)

Post Date: 24 Mar 2011

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Nuclear? You clear, my dear?


* Update 15 Mar 2011, Straits Times Forum*

Looks like Ms Cindy Low is another concerned citizen.


1st Nov 2010 – Singapore Energy Lecture

“… Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Monday that nuclear power is a viable, clean source of energy that produces low carbon emissions… ” Link here.


“… He said: “It’s very difficult to put it (a nuclear power plant) very far from population because nobody in Singapore is far from population. Yet we cannot afford to dismiss the option of nuclear energy altogether…” Link here.


14 March 2011 – Fukushima, Japan

“… Explosions hit the No. 3 reactor of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at about 11 a.m. Monday…

“… In a related development, TEPCO informed the Fukushima prefectural government that the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 plant had lost its ability to cool its core…

Monday’s explosions came two days after a hydrogen blast occurred at the No. 1 reactor in the same plant…” Link here.


“… At noon local time (0400 GMT), Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which operates the plant, gave this status report:

Reactor 1 – shut down, under inspection because of Saturday’s explosion, sea water and boric acid being pumped in

Reactor 2 – water level “lower than normal”, but stable

Reactor 3 – high pressure coolant injection was “interrupted”; but injection of sea water and boric acid were under way.

Later, officials said seawater and boric acid were also being pumped into reactor 2…” Link here.

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The Merlion Hotel

So, I read that as part of Singapore Biennale 2011, they have built a Merlion Hotel. Some joker conceptualised it, and some bright spark approved it.

For the uninitiated, they built a hotel room AROUND the Merlion.

Call me un-artsy, call me an art-nut, but why in the name of good taste did they do that for? The Merlion is our national icon, for crying out loud! Why would you want to sleep with the Merlion behind you?

I read somewhere that you’re not even supposed to touch it!

I’m just so not sold on this idea. Dear readers, if you think this is a great idea and that I’m an idiot, please leave me a comment. Try to convince me.

So what are they going to do for Singapore Biennale 2012? Well, in line with the theme of sleeping with Singapore icons, my guess is The Stamford Raffles Hotel. You even have the choice of either black or white!

Somebody please shoot me.

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What happens when…

… you think you can get away with things, but you REPEATEDLY don’t?

So the story goes that, ever since moving into MIL’s place, I just parked the car at the carpark, without much of a valid season parking ticket or even a coupon. Track record tells me that the hated men (sometimes women) in white (the parking wardens) hardly come by, I reasoned. But times have changed, and boy, was I very wrong. Come, they did, and diligent, they were.

To add to my pain, when I tried applying for the season parking, the officer at the HDB branch office gave me so much grief that there was a little shouting involved (mostly me).

All these came to a happy ending when a benefactor (thank you 爷爷!) pulled some strings, got the job done in such double-quick time that it was almost a non-event!

So now, $230 (fines) and $195 (season parking) later, I’m happy to announce I finally can officially park at the carpark downstairs! Which then brings us to the next problem to fix – bird shit…

Post Date: 12 Mar 2011

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