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Speech by Mr Tharman at ABS AGM 2008

Mr Tharman, Minister for Finance, just gave a speech for the Association of the Banks in Singapore AGM 2008 on 27 June 2008. He addressed the current challenges on global and Singapore economy.

I extracted 2 key points being addressedDeveloping Asia in fact faces greater risks in inflation than the US or Europe. Asian countries have been harder hit by the rise in prices of food, which takes up a much larger share of household expenditures (30% or more, which is roughly double what it is in the US and Europe), as well as the oil price increase. CPI inflation in developing Asia is now running at around 8% on average, although the figures probably understate inflationary pressures in economies with price controls on various commodities. Some Asian economies are seeing much higher inflation rates.Singapore’s challenges mirror those faced elsewhere in Asia, but are in some ways more pronounced. We are a price taker in the textbook sense, given our small size and the openness of our econ…

Starhub Network Signal Reception Puzzling

I recently switched from telco M1 to Starhub. I had been with M1 ever since I first used a mobile phone, that's around 10 years back. I must give credit to them on their better than average coverage. IMHO, M1 could be the best among the 3 telcos in Singapore, beating Singtel and Starhub. If not for their more expensive plans and their don't-care attitude in even attempting to retain me, a long serving customer, I wouldn't have ditched them.

I am now giving my personal opinion on Starhub coverage. Using Starhub, I am now seeing no network signal at my workplace. This never happened with M1. Few minutes ago, I witnessed an even more unbelievable fact. My phone actually auto roamed to "Maxis" network. Maxis is a mobile operator from Malaysia. It just doesn't make sense roaming to Malaysia especially when I stay in Ang Mo Kio, an area definitely not near the borders.

Looks Like Some Nice Astronomical Sightings for Enthusiasts

This article subject title interests me - "Things Get Wild in Western Sky as Mars, Saturn, Regulus Party". After reading the article, I thought there must be some really extraordinary nice astronomical sightings though I don't really understand how do all these heavenly bodies work.

Things Get Wild in Western Sky as Mars, Saturn, Regulus Party
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/28/AR2008062801974.html

Test Your Web Design in Different Browsers

I have found a website that can test your web design in different browsers on different OS for free! Browsershots is the one.

Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server here.

http://browsershots.org/

Bill Gates bids a teary farewell to Microsoft

Bill Gates said a teary goodbye on Friday to Microsoft Corp, the software maker he built into the world's most valuable technology company based on the ambitious goal of placing a computer on every desk and in every home.

He leaves Microsoft, which he co-founded with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, to focus on his philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest charity, funded in part by his vast fortune.

Bill Gates gave up his CEO position to Steve Ballmer in 2000. Now, Gates relinquishes his title of Chief Software Architect, but will continue to be involved in the company's operations on a daily basis until July 2008. He will then stay on as Chairman of the Board and an advisor on "key development projects" after the transition is complete. Taking over the role of Chief Software Architect is Ray Ozzie.

Bill Gates bids a teary farewell to Microsoft
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKN2630130120080627

Biogra…

Windows Messenger MSN - The .info Scam

If you receive a MSN message with a link from a friend, do not open it blindly especially if you find it suspicious and unexpected. I have been receiving suspicious links from friends whom they confirmed they never sent. After receiving yet another one yesterday, I made up my mind to research on this seemingly serious issue.

All messages received seem to have a suffix .info in it. A possible message is as below:
Party Pics..
http://[your friend email address before @ sign].ther1ng.infoMessages may be even simpler with nothing but the link like below:
http://checkdiz.infoThe messages may come in different variations. So far, the messages I received were from ther1ng.info, checkdiz.info, checkout.the.fri3ndp1x.info, and imagequick.info.

A quick navigation to http://imagequick.info brings me to the below page.

The page is promoted using the concept of Social Networking. It attempts to trick MSN users to login and share photos with fellow friends. A quick scrutiny on the Terms and …

CASE Says Most Cooked Food Costs $2.50 and Below Puzzling

According to a survey conducted by Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE), 240 of 395 food items surveyed could be bought at S$2.50 and below. I find this findings puzzling and I wonder how this statistics are determined.

My personal experience is that it is almost impossible to find food that cost less than or equal to $2.50 nowadays (I exclude the $2.00 Nasi Lemak that sells in set made popular by Hup Lee). I have doubts in the area CASE conducted their survey. If the hawker centres being targeted were mostly located in low income area, then the result would be biased.

I am expecting netizens to raise similar doubts on CASE findings.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/356748/1/.html

How to Redeem POSB Everyday Card Dollars?

There are 2 methods in doing POSB Everyday Card dollars redemption.

The first method is to redeem them when you make a purchase using your Everyday credit card at one of its participating merchants. I am not in favour in this method because you will not be able to enjoy cash rebates from the current transaction if you choose to make redemption to offset current purchase, thereby losing some percentages. This is the catch.

The second method is to redeem it to offset your outstanding credit card bill. This can only be done using internet banking and amount to redeem must be in blocks of $5. I am in favour in this method since 100% of dollars redeemed are capitalised to offset my bill. There is no loss.

Mediacorp Radio Yes 93.3 Running On Vignette Portal

I stumbled onto Mediacorp's Radio Yes 93.3 portal few minutes ago and got the below screen.


It says:

"Vignette Portal: This system is currently starting up. Please be patient. This process may take a few minutes".

Now I know they are using Vignette Portal. Am I so lucky to witness them restarting their server?

Crude Oil Rose US$4 in 10 Minutes

Crude oil rose by US$4 per barrel in 10 minutes in US trading (26 Jun 2008). It is now at US$138.58 per barrel. This is after reports Libya threatened to cut production and OPEC's president said prices may reach $170 by the summer.

This is scary.

Adobe Releases Acrobat 9 with Portfolios, Sharing, Flash

The most significant new features are the ability to create Portfolios, or compound documents, to incorporate Flash content, including videos in PDF documents, and the ability for collaborators to co-navigate documents.

Adobe Releases Acrobat 9 with Portfolios, Sharing, Flash
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2321731,00.asp

Acrobat 9.0
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/

Google Gmail Sending Limit

According to a post from Google Groups, the Google Apps Team sent an email to a user on Gmail's sending limit. The email is as below.

Here is a list of some of the sending limits in place on your account:

- 500 messages per day (i.e., you can hit 'Send' a maximum of 500
times)
- 500 unique recipients
- 2000 total emails (for example, you could send one message to a
group of 500 people four times)

Please note that there may be additional factors which slightly raise
or lower these limits, but this should be a good general guideline.

Sincerely,

Joanna
The Google Apps Team

The post on Google Groups is as below
http://groups.google.com/group/hosted-setup/browse_thread/thread/433297e19728b875

The Bill Gates Exit Interview

At the end of the month, Bill Gates is stepping down as chief software architect of Microsoft, and retiring from his day-to-day role at Microsoft, the company he co-founded and led for most of the past 30 years. Michael J. Miller, former PC Magazine Editor-in-Chief, sat down with him to look back at how the computer industry has evolved over that time, and where it is headed.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2321129,00.asp

WTS Sony Ecrisson G900 Mobile [ SOLD ]

Phone is SOLD.

I am selling SE G900 (Dark Red) at S$560.
About 2 weeks oldSuper good conditionSelling because not used to SEComes with bluetooth headsetScreen protector1 GB memoryBox, User Manual, Warranty CardPhone Specification
http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_g900-2247.php

I have made postings on 2 forums on this sale.
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?p=30856539
http://forums.keeptouch.net/showthread.php?t=105100

Interested parties can contact me directly.

Quick And Easy Method to Remove Formatting When You Copy-Paste Text In Office

There is an easy method to remove formatting whenever you copied and paste formatted text onto Microsoft programs like Word and Outlook. To quickly remove formatting from copied text, simple select the text and then press the Ctrl key followed by Space key. The selected text is now without formatting.

http://www.labnol.org/software/tutorials/cut-copy-paste-text-remove-formatting-styles/3607/

Singapore Ranked 2nd in Enabling Trade Index 2008

East Asian economies Hong Kong and Singapore occupy the top two positions in the Enabling Trade Index ranking, followed by Sweden and Norway, according to The Global Enabling Trade Report 2008, released by the World Economic Forum. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand complete the top 10 list.

The Global Enabling Trade Report 2008
http://www.weforum.org/documents/getr08_browser/index.html

I am a Hubber

Decision is made and executed. I have finally ditched M1 after almost 10 years with them. Loyalty does not pay off in this case. M1 did not even made any attempts to keep me. One officer actually directed me how to do full number switching.

I am now a hubber and am definitely very much better off. My monthly subscription for my new Starhub line is at slightly less than $20 as compared to M1's $22.26. First 6 months mobile subscription and data plan subscription are waived.

I just got a Nokia N95 at $368 from my new line. Regine will be paying for it to replace her newly bought Sony Ecrisson G900. The 1 week old SE G900 phone will be sold to the public at a reasonable market price. I will be posting an ad for the sale in a day or two time. I personally prefer the Nokia phone but just too bad I cannot hold a camera phone. So will I end up still using my more than 3 years old antique phone?

Lander Finds Ice on Mars Or Is It Just Salt?

Verdict On Service Level of the 3 Telcos

On 17th June evening, I sent individual email to Singtel, Starhub and M1 to request for a list of all non-camera phones with bluetooth features they have with their price list. I mentioned their customer service officers gave me inconsistent answers and some even recommended phones that are no longer in their catalogue. In the email, I left my contact number and told them to call me if they see the need.

M1 was the first to contact me and they did it before 10am. From them, only Nokia E51 suits me. Starhub was the next to call. The same answer was made. Singtel chose to reply me by email but failed to apologize. E51 was the answer.

Though some Blackberry phones do satisfy my requirements, I am not interested in them. I already have a PDA running Windows Mobile 6.0 and so does not wish to own another expensive gadget that conflicts with my PDA. Yes, cost is my other requirement.

I rate M1 and Starhub positively but Singtel negatively.

Make SQL Server 2008 New Date Data Types Work on .NET 2.0

If you are using the new SQL Server 2008, you must have realized date data types like date, time, datetime2 and datetimespan are new. To make these new date types work properly on .NET 2.0, .NET 2.0 SP1 needs to be installed.

SQL Server 2008: new data types and .Net 2 with and without SP1
http://www.simple-talk.com/community/blogs/andras/archive/2008/06/20/60191.aspx

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (x86)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=79BC3B77-E02C-4AD3-AACF-A7633F706BA5&displaylang=en

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (x64)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=029196ED-04EB-471E-8A99-3C61D19A4C5A&displaylang=en

Turn RSS Feeds into PDF Files for Your PDA

With Feedbooks, it is now possible to convert RSS feeds into PDF files for your PDA reading. I have tried it and it works great!

You can add a subscription and download subscribed RSS reading in PDF. There is also a mobile version for Feedbooks. Using the mobile version, the reading can be downloaded while you are on the move and read them offline later.

Feedbooks News
http://www.feedbooks.com/news

蘇打綠 (Soda Green) - 小情歌

I was at Bugis Junction today and saw 蘇打綠 (Soda Green) performing. They look so much different especially the lead singer.

I find their songs really nice. BTW, the lead singer is a male.

Please Ignore Fast Cash Ads on Bus Stops

For the past few months, there have been ever increasing number of advertisements put up illegally on bus stops, near MRT stations, railings, and even at void decks on "How to get fast cash legally at low interest rates". These ads will contain the contact number and the person to contact. Little did they know vandalism act has been breached by putting ads without valid licenses. These people must have got their numbers right and risk calculated, making sure profit is ensured even if fines are imposed for the vandalism act. Don't forget it is not difficult to find these vandals since their contact numbers are left behind.

CPF Board has just announced and advised the public not to take up these "offers". They are against fast cash loan companies. These fast cash companies coax the public into revealing their SingPass account details so CPF monies can be withdrawn for investments. The commission earned from the transaction made through investment are partially ret…

Firefox Website Down

With the launch of the new Firefox 3.0 and their call to all supporters to download the new version on launch date in a bid to set a World Record, Firefox website went down!

I am getting error "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable".

Firefox 3.0 to Launch on 17 Jun 17:00 UTC (10am PDT)

According to the Firefox developer team, Firefox 3 will be launched on 17th June 2008 approximately 2 hours time. From the Firefox Developer blog, they are attempting a Guinness World Record for most software downloaded in 24 hours. To find out your local time equivalent to 17:00 UTC, visit here.

Do remember to join the download fun to give your support.

E-mail etiquette for wireless devices

An article from Microsoft offers you 7 tips on email etiquette for wireless devices. First, determine if you're sending to a wireless deviceDon't overabrvtThe subject line isn't everything, but it should often be the only thingPut yourself in the receiver's shoesAsk before you tell your life storyCut the funny stuffSkip your John Hancockhttp://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/resources/ArticleReader/website/default.aspx?Print=1&ArticleId=Emailetiquetteforwirelessdevicestips

Suggestions to 3 Singapore Telcos

I need a mobile phone without a camera and one will think finding what are the phones that satisfy my simple requirement would have been easy especially in a Internet-savvy country that emphasize so strongly on service like Singapore. However, the local telcos prove it wrong.

From the websites of all 3 telcos, namely Singnet, Starhub, and M1, none provide search capability to exclude features. Only include feature is available. Any developer will know it is not tough to add an exclude feature. It is merely doing a negation operation. Sad to say, none of the telcos seem interested to provide this basic feature. Could the reason be because the market who are going for non-camera phones too small?

A trip down to the telcos branches often end up hearing "phone out of stock" or "sorry, I think only XXX is without camera" answer. Same question on which phones are without camera often give different answers. Staff are not trained and are unaware of these types of phones.

Thi…

UOB NOW Card Without NETS Capability

Less than a month ago, United Overseas Bank (UOB) launched a new debit card - NOW card. Other than VISA card capabilities, ATM and ez-Link capability are also included. With this launch, existing debit cards in circulation are terminated and auto converted to the new card. Previous agreements on old debit cards are all void and new NOW card agreement is to set in. The new NOW card is missing one very important feature which is NETS capability and this resulted in nationwide dissatisfaction.

Last week, there are a couple of articles on the news reporting on consumer rights issues relating to the NOW card. They complained on UOB not giving consumers option to accept or reject the new card. UOB's decision in going ahead with automatic conversion from existing debit cards to new NOW card is disappointing. There was no notice to consumers on the change. Without NETS capability, consumers will now need to visit UOB branches to apply for a new ATM card. They will now need to bring two car…

ERP Rates Revised North Again

About half of existing ERP gantries islandwide will see their rates increase from 7 July.

The electronic road pricing (ERP) rates for 32 of 65 gantries will increase by between 50 cents and $2. The gantries are primarily in the Central Business District (CBD) and Orchard Road.

Five new ERP gantries along the Singapore River will also be activated on 7 July.

According to MANY MANY previous statements made by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore, ERP rates need to be revised to ease traffic. They believe by doing so, traffic flow will be smoother. Yet this time the same old argument is being passed.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/354705/1/.html

Singapore Economic Data Looks Discouraging

GDP for 2008 is forecast to be 5.5% down from 5.6% in March survey. Inflation for the whole year is set to be of 6%, up 1% in an earlier survey 3 months ago. Unemployment figure for the first three months of this year is at 2.2% 2.0%, up slightly from the previous month, but lower if compared to the same period a year ago.

Speed Testing the Latest Web Browsers

LifeHacker recently made a test on the performance of the various internet browsers. In their test, the latest editions of Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer 7.0, Opera 9.5, and Safari 3.1 for Windows are used.

http://lifehacker.com/396048/speed-testing-the-latest-web-browsers

Opera 9.5 to Run on Thumb Drive

The latest browser Opera 9.5 can now run your thumb drive!

Benefits of Opera@USB there are no unwanted effects on IE or other browsersexisting Opera versions are not affectedmake no entries to the registryworks with every Windows PC (company,Internetcafe, friends,..)leave no data on the host computerWhat do i need for Opera@USB? a computer with an internet connectiona USB Flashdrive with about 15 MB space leftOpera@USB
http://www.opera-usb.com/operausben.htm

Another Protest Due to High Fuel Prices

Nowadays, whenever you tune into any news, you are likely to hear a lot on inflation - food or fuel. Protests are everywhere and the latest one is at South Korea. This particular protest is going to cost S. Korea US$123 million a day having its Port day-to-day operations threatened and grounded.

Are we slowly moving into a situation whereby war could be ignited for natural resources?

South Korean Truckers Strike to Protest Rising Fuel Costs
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/14/world/asia/14korea.html

Our Bus Drivers Need Protection Against Unreasonable Passengers

On 12 June around 9pm, I was on bus 133 on my way home when an incident involving an unreasonable passenger and the bus driver took place.

The bus driver was focusing on his right rear mirror, trying to filter out from a bus stop to the main road, when an unreasonable passenger came banging on the bus front door. I observed the passenger was holding a laptop in one hand and a handphone in the other.

I list 2 reasons as to why the bus driver should not be blamed even if the passenger was missed and end up not able to board the bus. The pasenger should even be thankful if he managed to board it. My first reason is the passenger was too late in flagging the bus and the bus driver should not be blamed. Secondly, the bus driver never noticed the passenger's intention in boarding it simply due to the first reason plus the bus driver was looking at the right rear mirror that time. The unreasonable passenger simply took his own sweet time strolling towards the bus.

The well dressed long slee…

Firefox 3 to Launch on 17th June

According to the Firefox developer team, Firefox 3 will be launched on 17th June 2008. From the Firefox Developer blog, they are attempting a Guinness World Record for most software downloaded in 24 hours. At this point in time, a total of 1,101,127 have pledged to download Firefox 3 on launch day.

http://developer.mozilla.org/devnews/index.php/2008/06/11/coming-tuesday-june-17th-firefox-3/

Asia IT Salary Benchmarks

ZDNet Asia recently conducted a survey on IT Salary Benchmark. I believe the part on IT related jobs salary benchmarks should interest us most.

IT Employment Trends 2008
http://www.zdnetasia.com/techjobs/it_employment_trends_08/0,3800013453,62042202,00.htm

The Role of a Financial Adviser on Your Investment Portfolio

What should be the role of a Financial Advisier on your investment portfolio? The below is extracted from an article from the Business Times titled "Portfolio strategy and your adviser".

A good adviser strikes a balance between making tactical changes and cautioning clients about acting on emotions

By BEN FOK


A REFERRED client recently consulted me regarding his investment portfolio. After the introductions, he quickly settled down and poured out his woes to me. Listening to him, I began to understand his anxiety and why he urgently needed help.

His story goes like this. In late 2007, he was concerned that there were many signs that pointed to a slowdown in the world economy in 2008. He told his financial adviser he wanted to restructure his investment portfolio into a more conservative one but the adviser resisted his suggestions. By not doing anything, his portfolio has suffered losses. He wondered if he should stick with an adviser who seemed only to adopt a buy-and-hold for…

Can You Read This - Text Jumble

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i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a
pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey
lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.
"

Research by Cambridge
http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/~mattd/Cmabrigde/

Try the below utility to jumble your text and read it
http://www.stevesachs.com/jumbler.cgi

How SMRT Train Fares Are Calculated

On 25 May 2008, I sent an email to SMRT for justifications on how train fares are calculated. After a long one week on 31 May 2008, A senior officer for Customer Relations from SMRT finally replied and promised to revert for a detailed answer to my question. I waited a further 9 more days but none replied until I sent the below email.

"I think it is getting far too long for a reply. This is certainly not up to standard and is not acceptable.

I DEMAND SMRT to contact me directly via handphone at XXXXXXXX
"

The very next morning, the same senior officer called and promised to reply me with a detailed answer to my question. She said my case was never forgotten but I doubt so. Without my email, I bet my case would have been forgotten.

The below was sent by the SMRT's senior officer for Customer Relations on how train fares are being calculated:

We wish to clarify that MRT adult ez-link fares are based on distance travelled and LRT adult ez-link fares are based on the number of sta…

Google Makes RSS Embedding Easy

Pretty cool. Shall try a feed for my blog one day.

http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/wizards/dynamicfeed.html

Watched Kung Fu Panda

I watched Kung Fu Panda today. I give 5 out of 5 rating for this comedy movie.

Why Software is Complex

"Computer programs are the most intricate, delicately balanced and interwoven of all the products of human industry to date. They are machines with far more moving parts than any engine: the parts don't wear out, but they interact and rub up against one another in ways the programmers themselves cannot predict." - Gleik 1992

Software is unique in that its most significant issue is its complexity.

Is SQL Server 2005 Integration With .NET CLR Useful?

When Microsoft launched the .NET 2.0 framework, they talked about the "true" tight integration between SQL Server 2005 and .NET 2.0. When we says tight integration, we refer to the possibility of writing .NET assemblies and then have them loaded onto SQL Server 2005 and have them invoked similar to invoking stored procedures.

But the question is "Is SQL Server 2005 Integration With .NET CLR Useful"? Simple-Talk's editor Tony Davis has his say. As for myself, I have only tried CLR integration with SQL Server 2005 as a personal practice. I have not used any CLR on SQL Server 2005 for practical use.

CLR, beer and turkey
http://www.simple-talk.com/community/blogs/tony_davis/archive/2008/06/06/58987.aspx

Five Best Antivirus Applications

A poll conducted by LifeHacker reveals AVG Anti-Virus as the most preferred anti virus applications among several other freeware. At this point in time, the poll is still receiving new votes.
Five Best Antivirus Applications
http://lifehacker.com/395046/five-best-antivirus-applications

Hong Kong is Most Dangerous Domains to Surf

A report released by McAfee names Hong Kong (ranked 1st) as most dangerous country domain while Finland (ranked 74) is safest. Singapore ranked 67th in year 2008 from 63th in year 2007.

McAfee, Inc. Names Most Dangerous Domains to Surf and Search on the Web
http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/press/corporate/2008/20080604_181010_g.html

Mapping the Mal Web, Revisited
http://www.mcafee.com/us/local_content/misc/mapping_the_mal_web_2008.pdf

ST Electronics - First $1 Billion ICT Company in Singapore

ST Electronics, a company of ST Engineering, has become the first Singapore Information Communication Technology (ICT) company to acheive one billion Singapore dollar turnover in 2007.

http://www.stee.stengg.com/newsrm/Vol21No1/Features.pdf

ST Electronics recent acquisition of company iDirect Asia positions its ambitions in satellite communications strategically. According to the below link, iDirect, Inc., a company of VT Systems Inc., has increased its global market share of total TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) sathub sales to 47 percent in 2006. 47 percent is indeed a proud figure. Can you imagine 47% of all satellite communications have to go through hubs by ST Electronics?

http://www.satnews.com/cgi-bin/display_story.cgi?number=1760399607

Caught in SMRT Train

I was caught in a SMRT train today near Sembawang train station in the morning rush hour around 7.30am. I was on my way from Ang Mo Kio to Buona Vista via Jurong East direction when the train broke down. The train was unable to move at all when it broke down and it required a rescue train to help tow it away.

SMRT took more than 10 minutes before making an announcement to commuters in the train notifying them on a technical fault. Commuters, including myself, were curious as to what had really happened. I could see people making phone calls reporting to their respective superiors of a possible train breakdown and get themselves excused from reporting late for work. SMRT announced the train was unable to move at all and required a rescue train. All passengers were required to alight upon arrival of the rescue train.

We waited patiently or impatiently for a good 20 minutes before we felt our train advancing very slowly forward before halting at the Sembawang train station. The technical f…

Is HyperWebEnable.com a Scam?

Few hours ago, I received a comment posting by HyperWebEnable.com and the actual comment is as below:

HI ,
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many scripts) all the above services are absolutely free.
You can also start earning money from your blog by referring your friends.
Please visit www.hyperwebenable.com for more info.
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Without second thoughts, I rejected the comment even before I research on the company.

A quick search on HyperWebEnable.com seems to support my instinct that it is a scam. Nothing in this world is free. There is no free lunch in this realistic society.

http://paidopps.blogspot.com/2008/04/hyperwebenable-scam-con-facts.html

Strength of ST Engineering

ST Engineering is an integrated engineering group providing solutions and services in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. Headquartered in Singapore, the Group reported revenues of $5.05b in FY2007. With a market capitalisation of about $10b, it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. ST Engineering has more than 18,000 employees worldwide, and over 100 subsidiaries and associated companies in 21 countries and 35 cities. Please visit http://www.stengg.com/

Is Singapore Soccer Team Worthy of a World Cup Place?

Is Singapore soccer team worthy of a World Cup place? I says NO!

I must say I am very surprised to see Singapore soccer team to have made it so far at the current stage. Can Singapore fulfill her ambitious dream in World up 2010 qualification? Can they beat Uzebektistan tonight and keep their hopes alive?

I shall give my views on the current squad. I personally feels there are far too many foreign born players turned Singapore citizens donning Singapore colours. If there are no talents in Singapore, then so be it. Either the government reward sportsmen better or just accept the fact that we just need more time. We shouldn't be taking shortcuts and get ourselves criticised.

I quote Uzebektistan's national coach below.

"The Singapore team have changed very much in the last couple of years, and with the nationalised foreign players in the team they are a different proposition. Singapore are more like a selection of the best players in a league than a national team and I have bee…

Teen Crowned Thailand's Most Beautiful Transvestite

A teenage transvestite who grew up on a military base was crowned Thailand's most beautiful transvestite late Friday, in an extravagant annual pageant which transfixed the nation. Kangsadarn Wongdusadeekul, known by her stage name "Nonk," cried as she accepted her Miss Tiffany crown from last year's winner.

From the above photo, "she" really looks feminine and beautiful.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080531/tts-lifestyle-thailand-gay-pageant-5b8313a.html

NTUC Income Reasons Behind Bonus Restructure

Mr Tan Suee Chieh, Chief Executive of NTUC Income, has published an article on his reasons behind the recent bonus restructure. The recent issues raised by ex-CEO, Mr Tan Kin Lian, on the restructure must have caused an impact if not NTUC Income would not have made the press statement on their homepage itself. To read the press statement, just visit the home page at http://www.income.com.sg/.

I copied and paste the entire press statement below.

I would like to respond to a number issues raised by Mr Tan Kin Lian in public forums in relation to the bonus re-structure at NTUC Income.

Since February 2007, NTUC Income has been undergoing a review of all aspects of our business with the aim of strengthening NTUC Income and to achieve the best standards of governance and professional practices.

With that, NTUC Income would be in a better and stronger position to compete and meet the needs of a changing generation of Singaporeans, and to fulfil our social purpose of making insurance affordable, …

SMRT Finally Replied After 6 Days

On 25th May Sunday, I emailed SMRT to clarify how train fare is calculated. In the email, I questioned why it is more expensive for journeys of fewer stops. After having waited for 3 working days without a reply, I decided to forward the same email to LTA. LTA replied me the very next day saying the ball should be on SMRT side and SMRT is to reply me. LTA can only forward my email to them. On the 4th day, I re-send same email to SMRT again hoping for a reply.

After a long 6 days of waiting, SMRT finally replied me and I quote them below:

"Thank you for your email.

Basically, train fare is calculated based on the distance travelled, not by number of stations.

We will revert to you again with more information."

I replied them almost immediately with the below:

"Your reply telling me train fare is calculated based on distance travelled has really left me even more puzzled. What I know is I need an additional 20 minutes of travelling time when travelling between Ang Mo Kio and Bu…