Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Most family has the altar in their house, usually in the living room.
They believe what the god in the altar is preaching and everyone practices what this religion tell them to do, think or behaves.
But many do not know that this religion is being backed up by businesses.
it is the TV.
People pray their soul to the TV and believe what the TV says.
The news on TV shows bomb explosion in middle east countries, indirectly it is telling us something.
The TV has shows of famous actor using and talking about some product, indirectly it is telling us something.
The TV series shows broken family, children suicide and some other sad drama cases. Indirectly it is telling us that it is normal.
Mr X says: why did you scold your maid?
Mrs Y said: you never watch the TV? if I don't scold the maid, she will be ... and ...
Now, most movies and TV series are being sponsored by enterprises. Be it educational or not. Example, in Singapore, there is a telecast: Crime Watch. I think it is good as it has educational purpose. It is supported by the relevant enterprise to help crime prevention. Then, there is variety shows being backed up by large supermarket chain, telling everyone that they are doing well.
All I want to tell you is that there are agendas behind our TV show.
One same story, can appear in 2 different views, depending if it appears on
it's how they present one story to the viewer, it depend on how they want you should think.
This program is backed up by a furniture enterprise:
This program is backed up by some renovation company:
This one back by some travel related company:
it is the independency of the media company. do you know why Al Jazeera news is not avalible in Singapore? they have very good view on matters and do not side any party. I'm not sure whey they are not avalible on TV, even on our cables. http://www.aljazeera.com/
I must say our Singapore Media has done a very good job, at least there are no R-rated movie after 11pm.
Can I add the word 'free' before the word 'R-rated'?
Monday, December 19, 2011
IPPT = Individual Physical Proficiency Test
It is a compulsary test for all male citizen that is still eligible for national service.
for the past 10 years since I ended my full time national service of 2 years, I had always achived a silver award for the test until last Saturday.
Some of you may think that you have not even have the chance to pass. It's ok. All I want to tell you is that health is degrading if you don't keep it up.
My first test station was the shutter run. In order to get the silver award, I have to hit 10.7 seconds and below. I tried 2 times and the best was 10.8 seconds.
After that, I feel dizzy and wanted to vomit.
That was my very first time that I have such feeling.
I almost wanted to give up after hearing much news about some young and energetic people collapse and died after doing exercise.
Vernon and Tan was encouraging. We knew each other since 1999 and had been together for the worst scenario. You really know a person's character when trouble comes. Example, a group of friends gather and meet for a meal. Everyone is very hungry. yes, something like 11pm and still waiting for dinner. once dinner is served, you can see who is rushing to grab the food for themselves first. Yes, those are the ones that is going to die and think of themselves. For the past decade, I have been observing friends around me. Vernon and Tan are there. it's tough during the training but they persisted helping each other first before themselves.
There are lots of story that I want to tell about my times during the 2 years full time national service. I think it will be better for my friends to tell you about me, maybe they can publish a book about me.
What I think about them? well, next year will be end of our service. It will be for me to see and for you to judge. Maybe after reading our story, you would encourage us to continue our service till 45 years old together since we enjoyed it so much.
Sorry I can't post any picture here... this is highly sensitive... I am staying in Singapore. I am being watched over.
just want to share my feelings with you.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
It can scan A3 paper.
It is an all in one printer.
When we came back from RTW, one of my industry partner advise me to buy this because he only had a A4 paper scanner, so he can use mine to scan. But after a while, he was ahead of me and maybe forgotten about me. So this $550 printer is left here for collecting dust.
We still can use it for other purpose, we tried our best to love this machine.
There is a warrantee of 1 year. We contacted Brother Printer and Fax and the technician came down. They could service and replace parts for us for free because the problem of this machine was raised within 1 year of purchase.
After diagnosing, the technician told us that it's the printer head.
I asked why would the printer head be faulty?
'maybe there is dust...so you should always open this, this, then this to clean with this this and this. But you see our term and condition, within 1 year, replacement for parts is free except for this list of item, that include the printer head.'
That is a fine print on the terms and conditions!
But Brother Singapore is on good will to replace this for free if you purchase 3 color ink from us today at S$XX.XX.
Remember I told you about the Fujitsu incident that happened last year?
We went to repair my Fujitsu laptop in Singapore when we came back.
We bought it just for our round the world trip.
It had been a very good traveling laptop.
We bought Fujitsu because they have #1 WORLD WIDE WARRANTY!!!
The specification is the same as the other brand we wanted to buy but the other brand is 30% cheaper and do not have WORLD WIDE WARRANTY.
#2 Fujitsu provide free 1 year WORLD WIDE WARRANTY 3 years LOCAL WARRANTY.
When we were in Brazil, Sao Paulo, something went wrong with my laptop.
We need to wait about a week to get a reply from singapore to know were can we sent in our laptop for servicing since it is still within the 1 year WORLD WIDE WARRANTY. Yes, after one week, we got the right person to talk to and the nearest place to sent the laptop is USA! we have to ship the laptop to USA?! no thanks.
This is what they call WORLD WIDE WARRANTY.
When we come back, we went to the Fujitsu servicing center at Funan Center to resolve the problem of our laptop that had been bothering us for the last 2 and half years.
The laptop is still under the 3 years LOCAL WARRANTY.
Friends, do not think that warranty is everything is FOC. We have to pay S$80++ to the company just to let them have a look at the laptop that they sold me 2 and half years ago, then i have to wait almost 1 month for a part to arrive in order to get it solved. When the part arrive, I have to hang around Funan for 5 hours to wait for them to repair.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
-Arborist in Singapore.
-Arborist assessment and report proposed for tree retention with Tree Conservation Areas (TCA) / vacant land as required for DC and BP submissions by Nparks.
-Tree decay detection.
-Tree preservation and protection.
-Advance Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) .
-ISA Certified Arborist in Singapore.
-Singapore Arboriculture Society (SAS) .
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
On the first weekend, we went to Yong Peng for Crystal's wedding.
On the second weekend, we rode to Malacca with Uncle Woo, Sam Leong, Yee, Jiawei, Cheryl, Desmond Kong, Cindy Lam, Juvena and Lim Lai Siong. I dropped Samantha at Malacca as she is accompanying Crystal for her 2nd phase wedding.
We made use of the annual 3 nation charity ride ( 3NCR) at Malacca for an excuse to get together to ride to somewhere.
It was fun fun fun with my friends around.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Our route from 2009 May to 2009 November:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday – Sunday. Morning and early lunch only.
Fresh, big bouncy fishball, not other starch ball. I wonder how she did it ensuring the whole fishball was cooked. Because of it’s size, if the center of the fishball is cooked, then the external part of the fishball will be overcooked.
Review from this web: http://www.myhawkers.sg/index.php?m=stall&c=view&id=3646
2) Then, somewhere near my house, Clementi, there was the famous chicken rice from Tanglin Halt. Sam and I walked down. While we were looking around the shop, we were hosted by a guy. He guided us to the cash counter. We were looking at the menu on the wall, looking for the cheapest meal that we want to eat but there were NO PRICE indicated. From our experience from eating chicken rice for 2 person, it would be cheaper to order 2 individual plate rather than to have one big plate to share. We paid first without knowing how much was it.
2 x $3.50 chicken = $7.00
2 x $0.70 rice = $1.40
total = $8.40
we took the receipt and walk to a table. We had our own water bottle. Another guy came and asked me if I wanted any drink and I smiled and shake my head. This guy shouted to the cashier:
They don’t want drink.
The food came…
We might be expecting too much from word of mouth and from the advertisment on the wall. I kept quiet and ate the food.
Towards the end, Samantha told me:
The one at Clementi central is better.
After the food, we walked back to the cashier trying to look for a proper menu, the one that they have was a drink menu. There were NO PRICES in it.
I guess it is a place for regular customer, not for poor citizen like us that is looking for cheap and good food.
3) Then, there was skyrise gardening and greenwall. garden being built on walls and roof to save space for greening in this dense city of Singapore. That day Samantha and i saw a roof top mobile garden! i wonder the LTA (Land Transport Authority) has approval to it.
4) Recently, i posted something on my facebook page:
LED or LCD TV better.
For the past years, i had never bought a TV before. Since young, my parent bought the TV, it lasted for a very long time. till recently we came back, the TV at home was a CRT type TV given by my sister.
when it was on, it buzzed for 1 minute to warm up before the screen is visible. There were also other reasons on why we wanted a new TV but the interesting part was to shop for a new TV.
We went to a big shopping center that opened for 24 hours. there were everything for sale. Electronics, jewerelly, food, clothes, bags, computer, accessories, watches. they had a wide range of selection. they sell at very low price because their customers were usually foreigners from other country. these foreigners wanted to buy things cheap and bring it back to their country. it may be about 30% cheaper than other shops because there are some 'export' models that were being sold without warranty. it is a very successful mall.
When we enter the mall, there would be a filter. this filter will scan all customer. if any of us is carrying a plastic bag and walk in, this filter will shout:
then we have to go to him, he will use a cable-tie to secure our plastic bag.
Then we browse the item on the shelf. the stuff wasn't very friendly. we witness a foreign worker wanted to buy a charger from the salesman behind the counter. the salesman spoke to this guy with his left palm resting on the display shelf at waist level and right hand tucking on his hip. He didn't have eye contact with his customer. the way he was pointing out on where to find the product to his client is like asking him to go away.
why is he treating his customer like that? is it because he is a foreigner that looked like a laborer? i supposed they come from the same country.
some time after, i went closer to looked at the things on his shelf and he looked at me and smiled: yes sir, anything you are looking for.
i smiled and shake my head.
The way he treated me and this foreign labour was different. This foreign labour did not have any reaction on how the salesman treated him.
anyway, one of the system in this shopping mall that worked out is that the salesman were not allow to collect payment. WHY? don't ask me...
when we have selected our product from the salesman, he would give us a written ticket and we were instructed to get this ticket to the cashier to make payment, by ourselves. Then, we take the payment receipt back to the salesman, he will verify that we had made the payment, do some writing on a big book and gave us the product.
it seems that every salesman in this mall is not friendly, and some of them were even RUDE and why they are so successful? Because they are selling electronic goods without warranty and it would be very cheap as compared with the outside market?
Why do we have our bags tied up with the cable-tie?
Why the salesman not allowed to collect payment?
Why is there a filter-guy at the door?
Why do they give different attitude to different customers?
why are they so popular?
5) good recommendation:
if your sink / sewage is stucked, you will call your plumber.
by the way, the plunger, the hot water, the chokage bio chemical didn't work.
i called the recommended contractor from the Town Council. A guy at about his mid 50s, seems like a loan shark, knocked at my door. he came in and looked at the situation. he said he need to cut the pipe and do something about it to clear the choke, then join the pipe back. the quoted $100.
then i called a neighbourhood contractor. he send a PRC man with a big machine and quoted $180, no less.
Thanks to my friend Jackson Goh, he recommanded someone and i got a number:
ISS Pest Management Pte Ltd.
They cleared the choke without any hassle.
They gave me a service report,
it was done by a local (not by FT or loanshark),
it comes with one month warrenty,
and it only cost $80!
Please note that they are not plumber. they specialized in clearing chokage. what is the name of the machine in the picture?
William Lim 92777106, 62681188.
6) This is one of the most grand chinese funeral that we have witness so far. it must be someone important to a society that had passed away. it's not a usual funeral.
All pictures above were taken by HTC Desire S mobile phone except for alibaba.JPG
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I learned 2 words today.
The plan was to meet on 1230pm at the POSB, Toa Payoh Central for lunch. I was 10 minutes early but fellow supporters were there before me. Not long after, Mr Sindu came with his caregiver, Ms V R Sara, and friends. Ms Sara was a long time friend of Dr Tan Cheng Bock for more than 3 decades. With Sidhu's mobile disability, he would still encourage Dr Tan’s activity, not by mouth but to come on ground with us.
Almost everyone living around Toa Payoh would come to this place for a scroll in for lunch or activities. Looking among the crowd, I saw Dr Tan and his wife walked towards us. Immediately, the crowd turned their attention towards us, even the main attraction on the hall was the indoor kite flying exhibition.
Passerby stopped their routine and came to our crowd, trying to stretch their hands to greet Doc. Young family having their Sunday off scrolling the shopping center, saw us and wanted to take picture with President and First Lady hopeful, and would proudly post it on their facebook. Shop owners, hawkers and lunch crowds would place down what ever was on their hand, stood up to feel the texture of a President to be’s hand.
One came over and said,
I know you! I used to see you in your clinic when I was very young.
The lady was in her late 30s was very glad that she could see Dr Tan again.
Another one was an elderly man in his early 70s, limping on a walking stick. I saw him walking very fast from the rear, squeezing in between the crowd and appeared in front of Dr Tan:
Cheng Bock, nice to see you here!
I talked to this elderly and found out that he was Dr Tan’s senior when they were in Raffles Institution. I wondered it must be a very small school because after graduating half a century ago, this elderly still remembered Dr Tan even they were not in the class. Later he disclosed to me that they were living in the same kampong when they were young.
We also witness members of public came forward and told Dr Tan:
I know you, Dr Tan Cheng Bock. I used to stay in Teban Garden. You were my MP.
Some even step forward to greet him, even not staying under Dr Tan’s constituency, like Bukit Batok, West Coast, knew the existence of him. I could see that these people have something in common. They were very glad to see Dr Tan again on the street and want to come forward to greet him.
There must be something that Dr Tan did, leaving deep memories to these people. Either he had prescribed them with a wrong medicine or they had helped them in some way that they had remembered for life.
There was a key maker at Toa Payoh. He said,
Yes, last time I was staying at ‘Yung Toh Hng’ (Chinese dialect for Starfruit Garden,
which is the existing Teban Garden).
The journey from POSB to Mac Donald’s became an hour’s toddle, which I could walk in 5 minutes. It was these citizens that remembered Dr Tan that made him wanted to meet more. He told me he was a little tired because he spent 3 hours in the morning, walked the railway track from 10 Mile Junction to King Albert Park with his buddy, Chiu San.
He smiled and told me:
We were a little ambitious.
Chiu San laughed. I could smell that these 2 elders had a little adventure this morning.
I asked Doc why in Toa Payoh, he could meet so many people that had known him for good? This is not Teban Garden or Lim Chu Kang. Sometimes, even at Bedok, he would meet familiar people on street that were rejoiced upon seeing him. He explained to me about the word, Diaspora. Doc quoted that these people that he met were the diaspora from Teban Garden and especially Ama Keng, when this village was taken back by the authority.
What was the 2nd word that I learn? It came from the key maker.
After the lunch when everyone parted, Sam and I went back to the key maker and asked him why did he remembered Dr Tan? I watched him duplicating a set of key for an elderly and refused to accept his money. He then turned to me and said,
I remember in Yung Toh Hng, i studied at Huai Nan Primary School. I was primary 3. Yes, Teban community was well known and strong in supporting charity, with Dr Tan Cheng Bock. He was one of the good MP in Singapore that we could remember. He was one of the very few MP that can:
This was the second word that I learned.
It was my 6th time meeting Doctor Tan Cheng Bock and his wife.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
How I healed and become a Singaporean again.
It has been a year when Samantha and I came back from our epic journey of our life time. For the past 2 years and 8 months, we had never feel so patriotic, able to fly the Singapore flag on our bike upon reaching Singapore land and to my house. At the same time, celebrating national day which the theme was:
Live our dream, fly our flag.
I wanted to contribute myself back to Singapore. The only channel I knew was to approach the RC (a neighbourhood community organized by the main political party of Singapore) chairman but he seemed uninterested about my approach.
When the General Election was near, I noticed that there was unhappiness shown over the cyberspace about being a Singaporean. Many lost their faith, trust and hope towards the nation that they belonged to. Our fathers had come from foreign land to Singapore when it was a 3rd world country. They were the ones that helped in nation building, to what we have now being the 1st world country.
Sam and I went to a few election rallies held by the opposition parties and could feel the anger from the people. The results had shown that about 40% of the qualified voters were unhappy. The 60% of the vote had secured 93% of the ruling party in the parliament.
Singaporeans have to go back to the same days again after the General Election. Nothing will be changed as we, Singaporeans, still carried the same disappointment, looking for opportunity to migrate and leave this heartbreaking relationship.
It was when Dr Tan Cheng Bock came into my life. I volunteered being with his team for this presidential election 2011. I could get to know Doc, close as a friend. When we were on the street, I witnessed commoners coming up to him, thanking him for what he had done for them personally. There were too much stories and testimonials to tell here.
Every time we met up, he would casually tell us about his plan for Singapore and what he wanted to do for us. We would talk Singaporean topics and visit heartland places. All these little gestures from Doc had started to seed the confidence of being a Singaporean when I was with him. It’s the good vibration around him.
I was able to walk and breathe again in the public where I used to dislike going out of the house for leisure. I felt the importance of being a Singaporean and what I have to do for the nation.
As a president, being above politics, Dr Tan Cheng Bock is the person to let us, Singaporean feels the sense of belonging and unity. He will be bringing back the lost sheep that have drifted away because of the previous relationship, because of the lost hope in our country.
Thank you Dr Tan, you made me proud being a Singaporean again. From being a fallen angel and become a citizen that is able to sing the national anthem with pride.
I would like to fly the Singapore flag with the same feeling that I had flew it everytime we set a new record for Singapore during our round the world trip:
Argentina (Ushuaia, most southern end of the world),
Alaska (Artic Circle, most northern end of the world),
Top Villarrica volcano (Chile),
world largest salt flat Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) and of course,
upon reaching back to Singapore.
I would like to take this opportunity to send a message to all fellow Singaporeans on this national day 2011:
We are one united people and there will always be Hope Too.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Exactly 1 year anniversary that Singaporedream Team has been home, a place where they had always wanted to be.
1st August 2010, Goh said:
The moon at home is clearer.
There is a saying : The moon in other countries is rounder, which means it is better or there will be more opportunities being overseas.
But Goh countered this by saying:
The moon may be more round in other country, but it is covered with clouds. The moon at home may not be perfect but at least it is bright enough to light up the path in the night.
Goh started his landscape and arboriculture work since day 3 when they are back. He had been setting up his company again and trying to go back to work. But after some time, the passion for greens is no longer in his blood. Landscape and arboriculture had become a job for him, rather a passion.
At one time, he was in need of about S$20,000 to purchase a truck. Two friends wanted to give him a personal loan. He only chose one. This is the kind of support that his friend has given him.
Goh and Samantha wanted to set up their little family, living happily ever after and had forgotten the feeling of being homeless from the 2 years and 8 months of travel. Thou it is just a 3 roomed government funded apartment, living with Goh’s father, they were happy about not to worry where to stay tonight.
During the trip, they would be happy to save S$10 a day just for lodging. Being back in Singapore, they have the privilege of saving about S$300 a month on lodging and the convenience of local food, which their stomach has been always craving for. It solved the daily issues of their trip by being at home.
Both of them wanted to meet their friends badly since they had left. For the past one-year, they had not met many friends on their list. Why?
He was hesitating for the best moment to meet. Then, one got stroke at the age of 30, passed away. The other relative had stomach cancer and passed away. This was the two devastating moment for them, especially Goh.
Being home sick during their trip, they had met with some Singaporeans living and settling overseas. They can’t understand why these people got out of Singapore and harbor at a new country for new life. He thinks that these people are loser and was being thrown out of Singapore. Like being exiled? Until they came back to Singapore, they understand why these people left a place call home.
Thus, the day they cured their homesick, he mentioned the moon ideology to the press and it puzzled a lot of people.
Goh has always wanted to come back to serve the country but he was not able to take the culture shock that Singapore had changed so much. He believes in helping people. Helping people from home, then to the neighborhood, to the society, to the country than to the world. At the same time, he sees the problem on policy that the government had implemented and wanted to seek justice to the commoners Singaporean. Goh is too weak to challenge the powerful government. He has no qualification, he has no monetary back up, he has no professional friends that understand law and worst of all, Goh and Samantha were struggling with their finance, especially they had just came back home with nothing!
The Singaporedream Team set off in the name of the country, spreading words around the world, showing off Singapore to the rest of the world and making public awareness of what Singapore is, to the world. When they came back, there was no recognition of what they had done. This young couple went on this trip on their own fund but in the name of the country. Their most important equipment (the operational ready bike) was stolen 2 months before the set off date. They received NO help from the 60 letters (that was seeking sponsorship) they send out to the local companies. But they still carry on with the remaining deprived fund.
When their engine broke down in USA that almost ended their trip, what the nation did for them is to do an article in the Chinese newspaper, saying:
This is what happen after spending so much money for a round the world trip.
What a great encouragement?
Yes, they made it back. Trying to get use to the new Singapore. This simple living young couple wanted to share their experience with fellow Singaporeans, encouraging fellow Singaporeans to see the world. Corporate companies out there actually made use of them to do ‘free advertising’ for own profit and they were so simple minded that they let them ‘make use of’.
‘I just want to share my experience with fellow Singaporeans’
Goh mentioned in an interview.
His next objective is to complete the journey by writing it into a book. Staying in a government-funded apartment, he often faced disturbance and noise that interrupted from his writing. It was a different atmosphere as compared to the couple spending quiet time in the Patagonia where they can do much of self-realization, and writing a good article. At the same time trying to recall the factual of their trip and put into writing, he needs to think about his business. I wonder how he juggle his inspirations.
As a person that had always wanted to get justice done, he volunteered into politics and had experience the front line of the political battle in Singapore.
Goh and Samantha are so different. They could pack up and leave Singapore since Singapore has given them nothing during the round the world trip. They could have gone to Brazil, have a happy life and retire in Brazil. Why didn’t they leave Singapore?
It has been 1 year and a good recharge for them. What’s next?
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
i quoted an anonymous from:
is this what living is all about? ermm, but why Australia?
"Well said! Singaporeans are obsessed with branded clothes, branded cars, branded sounding names for condos. In short, many Singaporeans have been brainwashed by the Fapayas’ ‘cheaper betterer faster’ ideology and the equally nonsensical ‘upgrading’ mentality (upgrade from 4-room flat to condo, enslave oneself for another 30 yrs of debt, plenty of daft ones out there doing this, which says it all).
I would think the writer’s point of view is fantastic – a place like Australia gives a person FULL SPACE to develop as an INDIVIDUAL. not to just function as machines and just work for the money. We do need to discover our passions, look more at ourselves instead of what defining ourselves based on what others HAVE, and most importantly, ask ourselves what LIVING is all about."
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I extracted this from a webpage...
Don’t trust a missionary man, don’t trust a Buddhist man, and don’t trust a Bomoh man.
What had religion done for mankind?
Did you see how Israel loved to quote the book; this is our land, that is our land. You know that book is 5,000 years old; many kingdoms had come and left, my friend.
What had religion done for mankind?
Did you see how Spanish force others to convert
What had religion done for mankind?
Did you know how Tibetan monk refused a pregnant woman to deliver a baby; nobody can leave until the chanting is over. Of course, both the baby and mother died after hours of chanting rituals. This is a documentaries show from CCTV4 Mandarin. What about Guan Yin, what about Buddha, they had become a symbol of power & influence over commoners used by the Monks.
What had religion done for mankind?
Hindus prevent different class of people from rising to the top.
What had religion done for mankind?
Stop the Charles Darwin theory, Big Bang theory…from now all study Creationist Theory. No to stem research because GOD said so.
What had religion done for mankind?
Women that taken bread with fungus started acting in trance. So the people burn them alive, this was call “Witch-hunting”
What had religion done for mankind?
Women cannot drive a car, you need 5 witnesses, or we stone you to death. Women got drinking in Malaysia receiving canning.