Monday, June 23, 2008

The truth about Singapore Labour

Singapore. The local MSN and Government Statistics will paint a rosy picture of High employment, along with happy citizens and most Singaporeans getting a rosy job lulling in an Air-Conditioned Office.

It would appear that reality is always harsher than what we had been fed. In truth, Singapore is severely dependent on low income labour. Look at our manufacturing sectors - tens of thousands of housewifes, aunties and uncles in their 50s. The logistics sector paints a similar picture - Who is willing to pack and move your goods? Certainly not the average joe who holds a Diploma or A Level Certificate. These form our real worker class and they do all the menial jobs in exchange for a pittance.

Then another harsh fact. These Manufacturing and Logistics MNCs prefer to stay in Singapore - simply because of the way our Government incenticises them.

Minimum wage - We have none. For that reason, MNCs can still dish out $5/h for the labourously tiring dead end job.

Wage increases - The NWC is but a lame duck in my honest opinion, as its recommendations only affects Government related corporations and to a lesser extent, GLCs. The other companies have absolutely no obligation to increase wages whatsoever.

Stable political environment - the PAP has held near complete dominance over the last half century, which during its time moderated the free press and social political voices that existed in the country. The result is a lopsided media and obedience to the PAP's rule. As MNCs will inherently favor Stable Democracy > Stable Democratic Principles > Stable Authoritarian > Unstable Democracy > Unstable Authoritarian; since our neighbours lose to us in terms of stability, it is only natural why MNCs placed their eggs in Singapore.

It is a sad day for Singapore indeed. 50 years of achivement is actually more like 50 years of noise and smoke.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Alter Fate

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Words cant describe how much I love Alter's Loli Fate ^_^. Since there is not much artifical waterworks near my house, I had to settle with the next best - Night Shots, because I feel that Night Shots will bring out more of her charm.

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ISO200, Flash on with Namecard as diffuser. 1 feedback to the Town Councils is that they could switch off or dim the floresent lights that lights every storey of our HDB flats. That way Singapore would save tons on Electricity and CO2 production and I would get a even nicer Night Shot. Win-win でしょう?

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ISO400, Flash off, EV +2/3, Custom WB. The arrangement of the HDB flats were nice in making a pseudo telezoom effect as well.

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僕は今でも弱いままで、光の剣を抜けないでいた
残酷な運命は逃げないで、凛と生きる為に ...

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"I had no choice but to defeat you. なのはの為に。"

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As those words came out from her mouth, a breeze blew and her hair fluttered, as if a sign of the impending spell she's about to cast.

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ISO200, Flash for Namecard as diffuser.

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ISO400, no Flash, EV +2/3, Auto WB.

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Baridche Zanber cutting through some monsterously huge plant.

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Now, if you are a MSLN fan and havent gotten this reproduction Fate, please go bang your head on the wall. Or get Hayate ^_^

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This is what you do, when you need to work on a Saturday...

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1. Read the Journal of Evolutionary Biology in an attempt to understand Earth Sentient beings better.

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2. Pose for a shot.

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... and 3. Make some provocative poses =)

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Megami 98

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2 more issues to 100 ^_^

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I want to watch Shugo Chara again... lets hope the "heavens" are on my side

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Want

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Want!

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O_O i'll watch this series as soon as it airs.

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LOL 小恋 dakimakura... ... ...

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Please be informed that Fate Tesstarossa now stands by our side in the Battle against the Adminstration's enemies.

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朝比奈ミクルの冒険: starting July? 2008. Director: 涼宮ハルヒ. Storyboard: 涼宮ハルヒ. Co-Starring: 長門ユキ. Props and Other Misc. Stuff: Kyon.

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hmm, add to research list.

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