Monday, March 31, 2008

On Policy

In Singapore, we often hear our Government announcing policies that they would be implementing or considering to implement within months. Among the policies there are fiscal policies such as increasing the GST rates to 7% or tax rebates to companies. There are also others such as incentives for citizens such as Workfare and one time tax rebates for electrical bills.

Yet among all the various policies and the relative success our Government has achieved in planning and implementing them, it seems that the policy making in regards to moving Singapore towards higher standards of living has worked too well. Although it has only began to felt apparent in the last 5 years, I would say that it is the cumulative result of 30 years of policies towards "green pastures".

The policies of the Government are terribly lop-sided, in regards to education. It creates a perception of demand for a range of jobs in the market, based on its current policy decisions, such as "Singapore to become an -- Hub". The mass media then announce and broadcasts the Government's views to the citizens to influence their chain of thought. Its schools and institutes then craft out courses specifically meant to solve the Government's demand curve and its citizens will choose the courses to solve the Government's demand curve.

In the end, the supply always exceeds the demand, and the "unwanted citizens" either 1. Study more, 2. Get some other non-related field job or 3. Look for Greener Pastures, literately.

On the other hand, the factories and intensive labour businesses that give Singapore's citizens of the 1970's much needed jobs now finds out that no young ones in Singapore will want to work on this kind of menial job - at least not for long commitments.

So, put simply, job demand is always there, but of a different kind. And it is partially caused by policies that the Government made and excaburated by the business that requires a different kind of labour. Which is probably why Singapore has so many foreigners in this tiny City of 4 million... they are filling up those jobs we do not want to do. And for our people's case, we move to where the jobs is - no much choice whether we love being a global citizen or not eh?

I forsee an increasingly hollow nation in the times ahead.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Seiyuu Animedia March

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Bought this at Kinokuniya along with Megami 95. Tamura Yukari's the poster girl of this issue. Anyway I bought it because I had a $10 voucher and coz I read it's advertisement somewhere... (Comp H or Megami).

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Mizuki Nana on one of the posters. Nana fans should like the coverage of her Live! Formula gig in this issue.

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Hirano Aya and some other guys.

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Seiyuu for Gundam 00. Endo Aya looks sweet. ^_^

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Lots of Yukarin in this issue as well.

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Speaking of Saji, I havent seen him since louise and his sister died.

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Maybe I should list 君は主で執事が俺で as my next to watch show, since big shots are voicing the show.

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She's LOL Hecate, Konoe Fumida, Shihou Matsuri, Ichinose Kotomi and countless other characters that I do not know about ^_^.

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These are the Gunslinger Girls.

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Who wants this card of Saji's seiyuu? I'm willing to see it for 2-5 dollars.

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The magazine also has a top 100 list where it states their new role in Anime or Music.

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As most of you might have known, these magazines cross advertise themselves as well. Here is an advertisement for Megami 95 (which I oredi bought)

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Excellent details of Nana's gig.

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I skipped photo-ing the Horie Yui's concert.

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^_^

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My New Wallpaper

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ね...why is it that Tomoya chose Nagisa over us?

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Metamo Haruhi

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This Metamo Haruhi was also bought at Animite for about SGD40. Always regret not buying the freeing Bunny Girl Haruhi when SG stocked it...

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The body's relatively well made, considering it is a Bandai product. I think it might lean though, her body seems rather top heavy if you hold and feel it... maybe that was why Bandai included the support. I dont trust that however, so I had it repacked into the box for now.

You can also see the colour changing effect in the last picture... It works way better in Hongkong's climate though. The colour changes to red at 30 degrees celcius so while it remained black even if you touch it in HK, coz your hands are also cooler, in Singapore it will immediately turn red.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Megami Deluxe

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This was bought in Animite Hongkong, located at Mongkok. Although this was sold without discount, I happily bought it, since the cover (again) features Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha.

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Happily fapping at this gorgeous scan... particularly at フェイト...

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This Shakugan no Shana scan isnt bad either ^_^

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The side cover has an advertisment which probably says that the Minamike clock will be ready for orders this July.

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(The last of) Nanoha x Fate love in Megami for some time to come...

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Lets enjoy the last moments of it.

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Co-incidently, probably the last of Lucky Star featured in Megami too...

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I have grouses on this print of Nagisa x Kyou... the colour is badly corrected, which results in a poor magazine scan... x_x

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