For those who have not seen this, Starcraft 2's coming!! After 10 long years! The sequel to the highly popular Starcraft. Check out the gameplay and graphics man! So excited.. haha..
LJ rocking off at 5:19 PM
Friday, May 25, 2007
Interesting man.. My colleagues and I were all gathered around our office windows on the 16th floor of Standard Chartered Building in Raffles Place to witness.. this phenomenon we never expected in Singapore..
The Scrin (alien race) are coming!!
Time... 2.58pm, Friday 25th May 2007 Location... Beside Singapore Flyer Event... Formation of Whirlwind
It was initially touching the sea surface and slowly it became shorter and shorter and finally dissipated.
LJ rocking off at 3:26 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
ns is for everyone!
jiaho rocking off at 8:03 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
the banner saying 'do not learn safety through accidents' seems like a direct stab at me, especially after i got into a car accident in the afternoon. before any of u start hyperventilating, i am fine. haa..if not i wont be blogging and the other party is fine too.cant say much of his car though.haa..
i was in the inner most lane for right turning, i saw the right-turn green arrow (i am pretty sure i did lar) and the cars in the lane to my left were turning too. so of coz i will turn along with them lar, but i was driving at a speed faster than them so i was ahead but i couldn't see any oncoming cars travelling in the straight road as i was blocked. then when i was turning a black mitsubishi suddenly appeared and we just banged into each other. the dude's car spun one round and stopped while mine was fine lar. my car bumper just shifted upwards (the coolant, engine and stuff were fine), while the dude's rear passenger door was smashed inwards. i got out of the car shaking like shit and noticed that the green arrow was flickering (so it was green arrow when i turned and the dude was trying to dash an amber.)
anyway,the point is that he claimed that it was green light to his favour and i was turning right without looking. and i naiively believed him and kept apologising. until an uncle who was driving behind me told me that it was green arrow and he was going to be my witness. so yar, apparently i was in the right of way, just that i was travelling too fast for an inner lane. so hopefully the workshop i went to is going to do a good third party claim for me. and i wont need to pay a single cent lar or so they say. hm..they are like dubiously nice. sent me to where i wanted to go after i went to their workshop also. weird..
but yarlar.. i just want to let u guys know,please be careful driving on the roads. even though u may follow the rules, there may be people who dont so be aware. and dont freak when u get into an accident. take note of the person's particulars and the area where it happened and lodge ur insurance claim. ok, no photos though. coz i was like on the verge of breaking down already. accusing the witness and the workshop guy to be in cahoots (so stupid, why will they be anyway). haa.. so yup, drive safely!!
i went to the workshop and took photos of my car bumper.haa..here goes..
siying- rocking off at 11:09 PM
Thursday, May 10, 2007
hello everybodY! ahah.. sorry for the delay.. here are the pics! ben(jamin) took alot of pictures, but some are blur coz of the microlens.. nonetheless i uploaded everything :) pick and choose your fav! haha.. the star of the night is SIYING! haha.. you haf the most no. of shots.. :) okays here we go!
nice pic of alex :)
grouchy kristy.. :P
jiaho rubbing his eyes.. :) but this pic is a little blur..
kristy again.. nice shot! :)
the guys looking at sth.. haha.. but i forgot wat it was.. :P
siying #3.. it was a mirror image..
siying #4.. play jh's magic trick.. :P
group pic.. but sy's the clearest in this pic, so it shall be siying #5 :)
jiaho again.. :)
alex again.. :P
looking at jh's wrist.. his new magic trick.. haha.. i wonder how he does it.. :P
group pic! sorry it's so blur.. :)
i had a great time pple! we shud meet up more often and just chill and tok kok.. :P mahjong too! mahjong mahjong!!!! :) oh btw i'm not free these 2 weekends.. got diving crash course this week, going tioman to dive next week! oohhh so excited! hope there would be many nice pictures to post too! ciao pplez!
jay rocking off at 2:18 PM
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Guys credit to Alex he's got the kelong thing going so how's this itinerary? for more info go to http://sunplanners.com/kelong.htm. Seems exciting yeah and budgets low.
Singapore / Tanjung Pinang (L/D)
Assemble at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) for your departure ferry to Tanjung Pinang (1.5 hrs).
Boarding Time - depart to Tanjung Pinang.
Arrival Tanjung Pinang Ferry Terminal and transfer to Kelon (approx. 30 mins). Shopping can be arranged upon request.
Seafood Lunch will be served
After lunch, let the activities begin!! There is a variety of recreational activities waiting for you. You can visit remote islands, canoe, Jet Ski, ride banana boat or experience the unique feeling of swimming in the middle of the sea in our indoor swimming pool (safely enclosed with safety net). For guests who prefer a more relaxing pace, we provide other activities such as karaoke, billiards, darts, fishing and mahjong. There is also a children's corner for kids. All activities listed above are free (except Jet Ski). We're confident our guests will find staying in our resort extremely good value for money.
Dinner will be served. (BBQ Supper can be arrange with minimum group size of 20paxs.)
Tanjung Pinang / Singapore (B/L)
On your last day of stay (depending on whether it is 2D/1N or 3D/2N), 2.20pm, (Indonesian time) as departure time. Again our chauffeured jeeps will be waiting to take you back to Tanjung Pinang Ferry Terminal. From there, a guide will direct you back to the ferry entrance and you would reach Singapore about 1.5 hours later. Home Sweet Home!!
Internet Booking Rate (Min. 4 persons per group/departure)
Adult (Fan Room)
Child (Fan Room) (12 years & below)
Adult (Air-con Room)
Child (Air-con Room) (12 years & below)
2 Day 1 Night
3 Day 2 Night
Infant below the age of 3 years old is $18.00 Exclude: S$5 per person for passenger departure fee. S$5 per person for Fuel Surcharge & TPI & TP Terminal Fee at S$5.50 per person
Terms and Conditions:
Rates and itinerary may change with or without prior notice.
Please make your booking 7 days prior departure.
Customer is requested to check directly with the country embassies concerned to ensure fully Entry Visa (s) Compliance.
All booking will only be confirmed when all details are received and full payment have been acknowledged and accepted.
All booking is strictly via internet booking and mode of payment is either made by cheque or thru bank transfer. (Except for group booking of more than 10 persons)
Strictly no refund for cancellations. Postponement of traveling dates will not be entertained.
Sun New Planners reserves the right to terminate any bookings and transactions.
LJ rocking off at 9:29 PM
My colleague AJ let me see this email chain that a friend of his sent to him. It has been making its way around emails now, and some of the ppl that it got sent to are rather prominent ppl (or so i'm told). It's just an alternative opinion unlike Andrew Xie's criticism so government censors, please don't make our employers sack us for this! lol..
Subject: Fw: My open letter to Govt on the ministers' pay and other matters
by Toon-Joo Yeo, Peter
Attached is my personal piece on this controversy, and the way Singapore is going, that I believe won't get published in official media here in Singapore. As it has found its way to the www I thought you, too, might wish to read and circulate it, i.e. if you think it's worth passing on.
If my views offend you, please trash my article and accept my apologies for sending it to you. As a die-hard ex- journalist and loyal Singaporean I cannot restrain myself from expressing concern for our beautiful country, and pray we won't have to mourn its short-lived greatness, especially now that we are going the way of past civilizations whose last days were characterized by bacchanalian living and a worship of things of the flesh, e.g. a loosening of morality - gambling, sex, wine and song, and fast living, and corruption in its many forms. Let us pray for wisdom for our leaders, and for good, wise, convicted leaders for our country.
Is this the start of Singapore's decline?
Article and open letter to our government by an ex-journalist
Yeo Toon Joo, Peter, 61 Ex-news editor Straits Times Ex-assistant editor New Nation Ex-secretary general Singapore National Union of Journalists Ex-owner of a public relations company and broadcast PR firm Hon. Fellow, Institute of Public Relations of Singapore
If the People's Action Party were to call a general election now, chances are it would lose a good number of seats to the opposition, that is, if you could find able candidates to join the opposition.
If certain changes do not take place in the ruling party's style of government, in time to come the PAP could lose power. That would be a shame, a tragedy for Singapore. But so strong has been the political backlash, and so great the people's outrage, over the government's widely unpopular decision and persistence to reward its cabinet ministers such handsome pay increases.
Dissenting and disapproving views over the latest round of ministerial pay hike have been eloquently articulated, often sneeringly so, but confined mainly to mass emailing and internet postings. The latest salary revision will by next year nearly double each minister's current remuneration, and bring it on average to nearly three times that of US President George Bush's, five times in the case of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's.
Minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew had introduced in 1994 his formula of pegging ministerial salaries to 80 per cent of that of the top earners in six professions and businesses in Singapore. It gives Singapore the unique status of having the world's highest paid political leaders. Their individual salaries surpass by far those of leaders of the world's largest and most successful economies.
MM Lee's reasons were that unless he paid top dollar for the best brains he would not be able to attract good and talented people to serve as leaders of the country, retain their services, or keep them above corruption.
Problem is: he had been, for a long time now, looking for leaders in the wrong places, and following a policy that discourages emergence of potential ones. Some who entered the political fray had come a cropper. Not a few have served long terms of incarceration for their political beliefs or activities, others have had to flee the country to live (or die) in exile abroad.
Someone had not so many years back said that the best way to corrupt a person is to feed him so well you enslave him (did MM Lee say that?).
Ironically then, in his effort to ensure that his leaders remain above corruption, he might have bought their souls.
From the relatively brief and muted parliament debate over this burning issue, there seems to be some cracks within the ruling party's own ranks. However mildly aired, there is, for sure, disquiet and differences of opinion among some PAP members of parliament. Still, what man of sound mind in Singapore would argue against being given a personal pay rise that first jacks up his annual salary to around $1 million and soon to nearly $2 million?
Feed them so well, they will never rebel.
I love my Singapore, and am thankful for the remarkable progress and prosperity it has achieved through the efforts of a stable and good government. I am immensely grateful, too, to the group of people who gave their all for the country in the pre-independence 1950s and our early days of nationhood.
I remain a loyal Singaporean who once had aspirations to serve our country, and did it initially (1960s and early 1970s) as a newspaper journalist, and through the Singapore National Union of Journalists and the National Trades Union Congress, of which SNUJ was affiliate.
I will carry to my grave, with great personal satisfaction, the memory of having been part of the team that pulled off the first successful workers' strike against a penny-pinching, ill-managed, callous Straits Times Group of Newspapers.
That industrial action, over the Christmas period of 1971, resulted in a fairer deal for several thousands of its employees in Malaysia and Singapore. It was a time of baptism under fire for my SNUJ colleagues and me. Some of us could have lost our jobs with no prospect of working for another English language newspaper in Singapore as there was none other.
The late Mr C V Devan Nair, leader of the National Trades Union Congress and later President of Singapore, was one of my role models and idols then. He had encouraged me as a union leader by helping to open up and broaden my mind.
In one of our several intimate conversations he challenged me to join the PAP. Later, someone suggested I joined an opposition party. But partisan politics was not my cup of tea, more so as I was mindful of the dangerous waters I would be plunging into. I also had little desire for such public prominence.
Also, and alas, any zeal for committing further to community or national leadership was quickly doused by a series of factors: one was my loss of faith in the Straits Times Group as an honest news organization. Mr Lee Kuan Yew helped put paid to it by his public parading and glorification of people who were steeped in scholarship, and humiliation of those who were not.
MM Lee, in searching for a second and then third generation of leaders, started looking for them first in academia (we know how it failed) and then to those who were government scholars.
At the same time we saw the hasty and, perhaps, premature retirement of our earlier PAP political leaders who had fire in their bellies but no multiple mortar boards on their head.
The harsh treatment of those with dissenting views, and slapping down of those brazen enough to join battle with the PAP and MM Lee at the hustings, quickly scared off those who thought they had something to offer to the country, but not necessarily as part of the PAP political apparatus.
Those with divergent, though not necessarily subversive, views were unmercifully smacked down. Others, seduced by the comforts and affluence their talents and training earned them in a prospering society (feed them so well they will never rebel), soon lost their idealism and passion for political sacrifice. It made political engagement not only a perilous pursuit but a wanton risk of losing all they had amassed materially, plus their personal freedom.
A PAP apologist recently condemned me for criticizing the incredible pay hikes for our cabinet leaders that has no precedent or matching model anywhere in the world.
"You can only criticize, but what's your solution?"
I believe I have something by way of solution, or at least an alternative view to what Mr Lee Kuan Yew insists is the only way to attract and nurture the right political leaders:
* Look for our future leaders not just among our scholastically successful Singaporeans; academic excellence does not equate with effective leadership. This quality might even disqualify a person from leadership. * Look for people with a good and stout heart, undying love for Singapore and his/her fellowmen, and a burning desire to serve even at huge personal sacrifice – people with compassion, fire in their belly, grit in their gut, and steel in their back. * Look for those who possess and exhibit the many other qualities of leadership. A yen for scholarship (at government's expense) alone is a poor prerequisite of leadership. Encouraging scholarship of our bright students through the lure of career and financial success could produce either more scholarship bond breakers or those who will work only for lucre (for those are the values you promote). * If you encourage our government scholars to cherish high income, in a society exhorted to worship financial success, you will have to pay big bucks to get them to join your PAP ministerial ranks – definitely not the people you need or want to lead our country and inspire our countrymen. * Rethink government policy, enunciated by MM Lee Kuan Yew, of encouraging potential leaders to chart their paths through the Armed Forces (with an SAF scholarship), then a stint in the civil service, a short spell in the private sector, and then to the PAP cabinet. You produce less open minded people who might possess a one-dimensional perspective of the world, a common mind set. Such a policy deprives you the services and creativity swimming so abundantly in the vast reservoir of talents out there in the real world. The military promotes obedience, viz. "Charge of the Light Brigade". You could end up with people paid well enough and sufficiently smart either to not charge with you – or charge blindly even when good sense tells them they should not. * By all means encourage elitism but do not ridicule those who have interests and talents that are not skewed towards pursuit of a PhD. I cite one example of how MM Lee a few elections ago disparagingly compared the not as impressive academic achievements of our loyal opposition member, Mr Chiam See Tong, to those of his bright young submissive scholars. * Do not intimidate or beat down all dissenters or those with alternative views, but judge them on their integrity, and do not swamp and swallow up those with potential for leadership into the PAP and high ministerial salaries. You end up with many 'yes' men. * Open up the minds of Singaporeans by not controlling so rigidly the flow of information about their own country, whatever its flaws and foibles. * Put in place committed, honest, mature and trained journalists over your mass media organizations, people with a feel for the ground and popular feeling, people trained in journalism (not just in academia) and bold enough to launch investigative journalistic enquiry that aid thinking and intelligent decision making by Singapore's people. If you find them do not stifle them. NOTE: such control of the press deprives you of an essential source of accurate feedback, and surrounds you with sycophantic counsel akin to that of the king with no clothes. The current mass media situation has encouraged a flourishing of emailing and postings on cyber space; they contain useful information as well as misinformation and disinformation, including ranting by irresponsible people. * Let MM Lee's quest for self-renewal verily proceed. He should let the people he personally chose or vetted, take over fully. Let them err, let them rule (when is the appropriate time for this to happen?). MM Lee did not have a mentor to minister to him and his colleagues in the tumultuous days of pre- and early post-independence – and did not flounder.
I am no political scientist, nor your scholastic type. But I have not been disabled from seeing another view to tackling our problem: there is no lack of leaders, only a lack of desire. Perhaps, there is a hesitation prompted by what is called fear.
We, in our immensely successful Singapore, owe much to MM Lee and his colleagues. There are many Singaporeans who want to cherish his legacy.
If the current controversy fuels more of the dangerous and divergent views and anti-government sentiments (even hatred) that have surfaced among our Singapore population, our remarkable success as a country could prove ephemeral. Singapore, especially with the Government's now liberal approach to matters of morality, could be another sad story of the decline and fall of a fledgling civilization. If that happens, we would, as the late Mr G G Thompson, director of the Singapore Political Study Centre once said, cause merely a small yawn in the world. We need not let that happen.
after a gruelling month of examinations, the girls are finally freed from the clutches of evil and can meet up with the guys who kept asking them out during the exam period. tsk. ok lar, we pangseh jiaho for dinner first coz none of the guys were free..so it's nydc time for us! then harry's bar later at night.
Kristy dear braved a massive jam on the road and trudged her way to wheelock after training to meet us!tired ar..
we're always always sitting like this.jay n kristy then me n sisi.haa..
here's a nice photo of camera-shy sisi!good job jay!
sumptuous food at nydc~ thanku jay for the treat!
kristy takes good pictures.haa..
and later on, at holland v....liangjun was so lost lar..haa..think he got pissed trying to find his way there from the east.haa..but liangjun, all of us are westies now so u got to get used to it! haa..
check out alex's rings!u naruto fan.haaa..
complimentary peanuts that kristy doesn't like but still finished anyway.haa..
and the guys. benjamin was nice enough to drop by to join us too!
rest of the photos are with jay. yea, it was a fun night! probably try not to have late night gatherings lar..haa..kristy was a sleeping babe at the bar most of the time.haa..