Festive season’s ending

Quite a sobering sight to see workers removing the Christmas decorations from the trees along Orchard Road. A stark reminder that the new year has begun and the whole rat race will begin again quite soon. If the general crowd on the streets are an indication of this, the town area was strangely quieter than usual even during the lunch hours.

Heads up, people!

What a way to start the year


If this are a sign of things to come from our media industry for the year 2008, I gladly welcome the new openness towards issues. What a wonderful way to start a new year!

Happy new year everyone.

[hwz via public education]

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Now thats my brand

They finally managed to package ‘love’ as well

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Really wierd weather

Some of these days, it’s going to flood real bad. The rain has been coming in random and unpredictable flash storms. Almost five or six of them in the past few hours or so. Crazy stuff.

On the hindsight, the weather has cooled down considerably. Welcome December.

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Bak Chor Mee + Sambal Stingray

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Bak Chor Mee + Sambal Stingray, originally uploaded by jeremyfoo.

Nothing beats food like Singapore food.

A most awesome supper, albeit on the other side of the island. My tummy doesn’t care though, its just happy.

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Give me a break MDA

Its so ironic that everything that’s said in the video is being totally refuted by the absurdity of the video itself. Its like a huge oxymoron. I have never been more ashamed to be working in the technology sector than it is to be a Singaporean.

For all the good of the government here, information technology apparently seems to be their biggest downfall. From the really ridiculous contracts they hand out to companies that provide substandard work, to the trends that they want to promote, to the policies that they implement, they don’t seem to get it right. Even worst, they don’t seem to factor in the fact that its not always the academics that get it right.

Maybe its the lack of knowledge in this particular field of social technology that is fast becoming the mainstay of many, or the plain ignorance of the fact that its not something that you can just glean off academics, or it could just be the old fashion ideas that the screw ups, or the ones who don’t follow in their ideal way of becoming successful, actually would be the ones they have to contact in this field.

The worst part about this video is that it has been featured on TechCrunch. And reading the comments that has now been associated with this particular video, you get the general idea that perhaps to the public, MDA is just making a video for the fun of it. However, when you realise that its actually something that’s serious, it just becomes a very sad affair.

The world is changing, so please, change with the times. We’re still stuck, like MediaCorp, in the Under-One-Roof era.

Updated: More comments here and here.

Updated 2: In the spirit of social media, parody here.

[Article on Techcrunch]

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Give me a break MediaCorp


For people who have caught the new comedy series on Channel 5, The Noose, which promises to be the comedy that spoofs television news, I just want to say, switch the TV off.

Its a blatant and stupid attempt at doing what has already been done better and perhaps with more interesting content by others. The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Colbert Report both do excellent parodies of current events that it begs the question of whether local television is going down the drain.

Without going into the whole mechanics of comedy, the fact that The Noose is irrelevant news makes the whole point of actually watching the show and getting some laughs out of it totally moot. Even with the likes of Gurmit Singh, with his close to being boring portrayal of different whacky characters, on the frontline doesn’t seem to help much to bring the show to anywhere but being lame.

Perhaps its because there seems to be a huge drain in quality content on television nowadays, with the executives at the television stations opting to import TV shows and writers being forced to concoct stories from National Day Rally speeches.

Come on MediaCorp. Having monopolized the broadcast media, I’m sure you can do better than wannabe and not even up to standard shows. Bring comedy and perhaps TV to the next level please, we’re still stuck in the Under-One-Roof era.

Sun with Moon Dining and Cafe

I went to this excellent Japanese restaurant this morning with the parents, where I tried the Kamameshi (steamed rice pot). The ambiance was really nice, with Japanese art and calligraphy lining the walls and the dimmed lighting used to effect. What is worth mentioning is certainly the food. The rice was fragrant and tasty, and reminded me a little of our ‘claypot rice’ – just more fragrant. In addition, I was really intrigued with the little hourglass that they provided with the rice pot. Apparently I had to wait for the sand to completely empty before I opened the lid of the pot. Will probably hit the place again sometime soon.


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The sun, the sea and the rain

Just this morning, I was perspiring while walking along Orchard Road. At the same time, the girlfriend was getting a tan on the beach. Just a couple of hours later, here I am, sitting in my room and listening to the thunder rumbling threateningly outside.

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Little known bits of Little India

First of all, a belated Happy Deepavali to all our Indian friends = )

I confess I know very little about the Little India, and so was pleasantly surprised to discover this building on a recent jaunt through Little India:

gandhi memorial

I didn’t realise we had a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi in our city: it certainly isn’t something that gets mentioned in tourist brochures or guidebooks about Singapore.

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About the old days


As I took a trip down memory lane at the Cathay Gallery, I was both intrigued and thrilled to have a chance to look at the various artifacts that the people who lived during those times used and experienced. When I looked around, I realized that I wasn’t the only one, as three old men stood at one of the glass panels behind me, talking to one another about a certain actress and movie that they had watched in the past. They went on about it for a good five minutes. I felt that I just had to take the picture there and then to remind myself about the beauty of nostalgia. Perhaps one day when I take a look back at pictures of now, I’ll feel the same.

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New ERP Gantry at Hill View

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New ERP Gantry at Hill View, originally uploaded by jeremyfoo.

I know that the government has said that they will increase the number of ERP gantries all over the island, but is this really necessary.

I saw this one the other day near the Hill View estates after Railmall. This is insane because it is still about a good 500 metres from the entrance to the PIE. I’d have to pay the ERP charge if I ever drive to school, which is just another 700 metres down the road and doesn’t even touch the expressway.

Sure the excuse is to install the damn thing to help ease congestion during peak hours, but seriously, over here? These are the more upscale estates. And does the government really think that people will choose another time to go to work just because its more expensive now?

There can only be a few scenarios,

  1. People all choose to avoid the ERP, moving the peak hour down to another time slot.
  2. People don’t give a rat’s ass and continue to plow ahead, helping the government earn more money and still congesting the roads.
  3. The already crowded public transportation network gets even more unbearable.

The only thing I can see that comes out of this is just an excuse to get more money in their coffers. Apart from that, its just an exercise in stupidity, because very soon, our road tax will become redundant as there will be these monsters all over the island.

But knowing people who are already making so much from such a system. Things won’t change. We’ll still pay more for our cars. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. And we’ll still be stupid to continue buying cars because its a sign of status.

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Been busy with industrial attachment so I’d pause this to make a short post.

I saw an iPhone the other day at Vivocity. This dude was getting some clear plastic protective film applied to the screen. It was definitely an iPhone cause there were a hell lot of apps and also cause there was the slit for the earpiece.

Now back to regular programming.

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Tasty Crustaceans

Tasty Crustaceans

Originally uploaded by Liangcai

The Chilli Crab, I feel, is one of the most interesting dishes one can have in Singapore. The spicy gravy really brings out the flavour of the sweet crab meat (I know there are those who would only have their crabs steamed). I paid for 1.1kg crab, and I really didn’t expect it to be THAT huge. The picture probably doesn’t really show it, but half of that was all I had for dinner. The girlfriend ate the other half.

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Season of Mooncakes

Next tuesday is the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival and already if you have been to Clark Quay, would have spotted the light up and festivities along Singapore River. For me, I live near Chinese Garden which is decked out in its annual lantern parade but unlike Singapore River, charges $12 per entry. Still, passing by at midnight on the MRT last night had me captivated.

But honestly, what is Mid Autumn festival without mooncake?
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