Sunday, May 28, 2006

Last Sunday

Last Sunday, on my way to Brunch at Hougang Green. This was at near the RC at Blk 535.


Some images re-CG using Photoshop 7.0


I was like O_O . The machine was installed for barely 2 weeks.

What might the above pictures imply? It could be:
1. Someone smashed it due to greed...
2. Or are people so poor as to smash it for tidbits?

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Widening Incoming Gap

Found this on LittleSpeck. Thought it is a readworthy material, so click here for the article. (Remember to read the last few paragraphs)

The Straits Times also featured a 8-page special report on Saturday 27 May about Singapore's poor. Although I'm glad that the newspaper hightlighted this issue, I also wonder what might happen if this report was published before the 2006 General Elections.

Singapore's poor - whose total size were never really revealed (or people never bothered to check...) comprises of 116, 300 families; 465, 200 if the average family size is 4; 12.6% of households in Singapore. These households earn less than S$1,000 per month. And our ministers? Holding top Jobs commanding million dollar salaries per year. The income disparity is too great! And the justification for the salaries is not convincing at all. Though there's nothing that can be changed now, I do hope that future minister's salaries can be pegged to a median, much like what redbean suggested in his blog/ forum, and bonus shall be linked to the economy's performance.

Anyway, I just want to tell the ruling party, if this problem is not solved, it can bring in more serious problems in future.

Note
1. Plagurised Headline from LittleSpeck
2. Written by an ignorant fool

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Ep 3 ^_^

Ah finally! A post on Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu!

This episode starts off with Kyon complaining about his daily trek to school. Apparently, the school is on top of a hill and students have to walk long distances to get there.

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Kyon arrives to see Haruhi already at the classroom waiting for him.

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She’s talking about wanting a mysterious transfer school student in her club. And she isn’t listening to Kyon.

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After school, the members meet up in the clubroom. Haruhi complains about not having a computer for the club and she thought of a way to get them easily. Haruhi, along with Mikuru and Kyon, went over to the Computer Club.

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She then spoke to the Computer Club President and asked for a computer.

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Of course, the President refused. And she did the best act of this episode in the following sequence. Wonderful, isn’t it?

The Club members tried to protect their President. But of course they were no match for Haruhi, who said they were ****-****** Mikuru. (hex taken from a.f.k fansubs) Under the threat, the President collapsed to the floor and accedes to Haruhi’s request.

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The Prez tried to con Haruhi into taking the lousier computers, but almighty Haruhi went to a computer store to take a catalogue prior to this day. She took the best Computer. ^^


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Upon returning to their Clubroom and setting up the computer, Haruhi found that they did not have an internet connection and forced the Computer Club to set up a line for them. (They leech the school’s internet service!!)

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Kyon tries to comfort Mikuru, but Mikuru mumbled something strange and shrugged off the incident o_O

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The next day, Haruhi wasn’t in class. But after school, she came to the club with 2 bags. She wants to distribute flyers at the front gate to promote the Club! This sequence of pictures is even better than the first! :P

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Of course, they were caught in no time and given a stern warning. Kyon and Mikuru were associated with Haruhi and they all became infamous in school.

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Later in the day, Nagato asked Kyon to read the book that she lent him as soon as he reaches home. Kyon did read the book and found a bookmark which said: 7pm waiting at the park in front of Kouyou station.

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Kyon rushes there and made it in time. Nagato then led him to her home, where she poured him tea…(to be continued in episode 4)

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Haiz...cannot post much this week

Sianz! I can't seem to post much these few days... I wanted to post more on my Anime series, especially on Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, but I haven't even screenshoted them yet... I hope I can post them on Friday or Saturday.

u_u

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Friday, May 12, 2006

We need reasons to learn Chinese!!!

Friday, May 12, 2006.

Straits Times, Page 1 – China’s Rise “will renew” interest in Chinese here

As I read this article, my anger increased steadily by the minute. The Minister Mentor has said that Singaporeans will learn Chinese so as to catch the benefits of China’s rise. I feel that this is wrong.

As Chinese, all of us should take pride in our language and culture. Why has Singapore Chinese degenerated to such a state, where we need to learn Chinese solely for business benefits?

I feel that the several factors that made Singapore Chinese to this state are:

  1. Converting of Chinese schools to English - First schools
    1. Destroys the Chinese based learning methods
    2. Makes the preservation of Chinese culture harder
  2. Banning of Dialects as “Official Language”
    1. Breaks Chinese culture of several dialects
  3. Speak English campaigns
    1. Meant to raise the standards of citizens’ English, it also reduced people’s need to converse in Chinese
  4. Parents who gave their children a English only environment
    1. Reduced Chinese ability of the next generation
    2. Loss of culture in the next generation
    3. Next generation will have no Chinese value to bond to
  5. A common perception that “Westerners are the best”
    1. People will discard their old values to blindly pursue these new “values”

To preserve our remaining culture, I strongly urge people to:

  1. Celebrate festivals (Of course, you must know the meaning behind it, but if not, its also a good way of gathering people together)
  2. Take pride in the Chinese Language and Culture
  3. Chinese Associations should organise more programmes to spread culture
  4. Parents should stop idolising the West

Written by an ignorant Singaporean who does not check around the neighbourhood for latest news. View expressed are of his own and does not reflect the actual situation on the ground. Please inform me if any errors were made.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Found this on Singaporeelection.blogspot.com

We, the citizens of Singapore Political Blogs,
pledge ourselves as one United Bloggers,
regardless of IP proxies, Language or Modem Speed,
to build a dot.com Community
based on Podcasting and File-Sharing
so as to achieve Site Traffic, Search Engine Rankings and a Media Alternative
for our FIXED Nation.


Now, thats something new. ^^

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Utter Disappointment

I express my disgust and utter disappointment as the PAP returns to power smoothly with a strong mandate of an estimated average 65% of the votes.

The Worker's Party managed to retain Hougang, where it gathered 62% of the votes, visibly up from the last General Elections. It also performed fairly well in the other places that it contested, getting at least 30% of the votes. The much touted "suicide six" also managed to get 33.87% of the votes. This was considered good for a battle against the Mr Lee Hsien Loong, who was a Prime Minister for the last few years and will be reelected.

The greatest disappointment, was the results of the Aljunied GRC. The PAP team led by George Yeo managed to get 56.08% of the votes. Worker's Party, led by Party Chairman Sylvia Lim, only managed 43.92%, or 58,585 votes. I am agast by the result and as I sit here writing this, I am pondering over why did the votes turn out this way.

Even though Mr Low Thia Kiang said not to be sad or blame anyone for any possible defeats (Friday Rally), I still have my own opinion and will try to explain why the Worker's Party lost.

1. James Gomez incident.

This incident, while being a mere joke in the blogosphere and internet, with the whole incident being famous in Mr Brown's show as the PNPP Show 6: Tekua incident, was a MAJOR contributor to the 10% of the swing votes to PAP, in my honest opinion.

As you can see from my earlier post, The Gomez Saga, PAP spent much of the 9-day election campaigning on Mr Gomez "forgetting to hand in" the minority election candidate form. The media gave the incident full coverage and the election rallies of the opposition were sidelined.

I now quote from Yawning Bread. "The PAP has said this was a lie. Such a possibly slanderous accusation was made by both Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on 2 May 2006. They and other PAP leaders have accused Gomez of a ruse. They said Gomez had planned all along not to submit the form, but to accuse the Elections Department of misplacing it. His intention, the PAP said, was to make a public allegation of bias in the government's conduct of the elections.

The PAP leaders have called on the Worker's Party leaders to withdraw Gomez as a candidate. Not succeeding in this, the PAP has begun to accuse the Low Thia Khiang, the Worker's Party chief, of keeping people of suspect integrity in his camp."


2. "Time Bomb effect"
The Worker's Party, having launched its 52 page Manifesto in January, were savagely attacked by the People's Action Party on the pretext that the 4 Time Bombs will destabilise the country. The press feed on to the PAP's press statements and day after day, gave negative outlooks. The Worker's Party had nary a chance on the press to rebut the reports.

When the election campaign finally started, the manifesto was completely untouched by the PAP, instead our target now is Mr Gomez.

3. Conservative Media
Singapore's Media, being conservative by nature, actually i wanted to say tamed, has always chosen to passively support the Main Party that forms the Government, as the Media's role is to inform the public of choices but also to support the Government for stability. This is not wrong. but our media is overboard on support, IMHO

I guess this is the main reasons why they lost......Damn it!!! I am very sad u_u


The above is written by a Singaporean. Views expressed are his own opinion and does not reflect the views of 99.99% of Singaporeans. Any errors made in this post is incidental. Please do not hesitate to inform me of possible discrepancies.

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

ST Saturday

Cheaters! They used Yawning Bread's picture in their article and gave him no credit at all!

Clone


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WP Rally at Serangoon Stadium 05/05/2006

Let the pictures tell the story. And may the best man win this General Elections.
My picture taking skills is not all that great, and a don't have such a good camera, so pardon...




heavy traffic at serangoon road.


I arrived at the stadium. People streaming in non-stop. (look at bridge)


stadium audience at 6.55pm






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stadium crowd at around 7pm, before the start of rally
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stadium crowd at around 7.10pm
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stadium crowd at around 7.30pm?
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people
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people
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bottom shot of stadium audience at the shelter.
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WP members selling flags, wristbands and their manifesto.(8.30pm)
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crowd taken at main entrance
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stadium view taken from bridge.
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crossing bridge


police telling elders not to enter through this bridge as the main entrance is very congested. elders chided police for speaking in English.


view of crowd outside stadium. and a drinks seller. ice-cream sellers not taken in picture.


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view of main audience


view of people seating at jogging track.


10.09pm, after the rally. people were still in the stadium shouting WP......


crossing the road.

crossing the road.

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Nation Pledge Recitation

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