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Punggol East By Election 2013 voting result

Ms Lee Li Lian of the Workers' Party (WP) has won the Punggol East by-election in a hard fought 9-days campaign. Dr Koh of the People's Action Party (PAP) has lost by a margin of slightly more than 10%. This shows the ruling party may need to put in more work on both both national and local issues to convince Singaporeans into voting for them in the next General Election. The other 2 candidates, Kenneth Jeyaretnam of the Reform Party (RP) and Desmond Lim (Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), failed to secure the minimum 12.5%, hence losing their $14,500 election deposits.

Are we moving slowly towards a 2-party system? Perhaps but not that soon. To-date, the Workers' Party is now sitting on 8 parliamentary seats out of the total 88 seats. The remaining 80 seats are by the PAP's.

The breakdown voting result is as such:

Lee Li Lian (WP) 16,038 votes (54.52%) Koh Poh Koon (PAP) 12,856 votes (43.71%) Kenneth Jeyaretnam (RP) 353 votes (1.20%) Desmond Lim (SDA) …

Scenes from Block 322, Hougang Ave 5

Such was the scenes from the Workers' Party supporters at a coffeeshop at block 322 along Hougang Ave 5. Simply electrifying.

Lee Li Lian ‪speaks at the Workers' Party rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 23, 2013‬

Low Thia Khiang speaks at the Workers' Party rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 23, 2013

Chen Show Mao speaks at the Workers' Party rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 23, 2013‬

Sylvia Lim speaks at the Workers' Party rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 23, 2013‬

Dr Koh Poh Koon speaks at the PAP rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 24, 2013

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, People's Action Party rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 24, 2013

Kenneth Jeyaretnam speaks at the Reform Party rally, Punggol East by-election, Jan 24, 2013

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution

When Page took office, his first directive was clear. "Larry said ‘hey everyone, we’re going to redesign all of our products,’" recalls Jon Wiley, lead designer on Google Search. Wiley and co had just two months to give Google a fresh coat of paint, and to start thinking holistically about how Google as a whole was perceived. "We had a mandate to make this all look good," Wiley says.



» Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution | The Verge

Punggol East by-election hopeful Ooi Boon Ewe speaks to reporters

Ooi Boon Ewe was the first to collect nomination form for the on-going by-election in Punggol East. But on the nomination day, Ooi dropped out of the contest claiming he had lost his political donation certificate and his required deposit for the by-election was lost with his driver.

In this video, he accused media unfairness to him.

Speech by SDA Candidate, Desmond Lim at Punggol East By-Election Nomination Centre

Speech by Reform Party's Candidate, Kenneth Jeyaretnam at Punggol East By-Election Nomination Centre

Speech by WP Candidate, Lee Lilian at Punggol East By-Election Nomination Centre

Speech by PAP Candidate, Dr Koh Poh Koon at Punggol East By-Election Nomination Centre

Learning from Competition

Steven Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, made a reply to some of the reactions when people discovered that he was using an iPhone and not a product from Microsoft.

Learning from the competition is not just required of all product development folks, but can also be somewhat of a skill worth honing.
Steven explained the importance of learning from competitors, the common mistakes and potential challenges faced and some recommended approaches when learning from competitors. He then went on concluding as such:

Be obsessed with the competition. Always.
I agree with him absolutely that it is absolutely essential to know your competitors especially when you are building products.

Yet another classic Tan Kin Lian going around labeling people ignorant

A screen capture of a Facebook Post by Tan Kin Lian.


Do note, some comments from my screenshot above are deleted by TKL already. My point is Zan Thang's comment rude? Does he or anyone have the right to make and disagree with any other's view? And if one disagree, is that considered rude?

Or perhaps young people needs to be a Yes man and must go around agreeing with an elder man? In another Facebook post, Tan Kin Lian offered his advice for young people - be humble, show respect for other people, look for what to agree, rather than to disagree, be helpful. One follower of his, Kenneth, made a harmless comment but is soon labeled given a lecture for being ignorant. BTW, he is lucky not to be labeled as "sick" by TKL.


Thereafter in the same post, other readers started coming in to defend Kenneth.


I wonder who is the one not having an open mind.

Microsoft to Shut Down Messenger; Guide to Skype Icons

Microsoft has announced to terminate and shutdown Messenger on Mar 15 and moving all users to the Skype messenger service, of which they acquired in October 2011. Microsoft has begun sending emails to all its users in phases.

Some guide on Skype before you even dive in from Messenger.

What is a Microsoft Account?How do I create a Skype account?How do I unlink my Skype and Microsoft or Facebook accounts?Skype Status Icons

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[Fantine is left alone, unemployed and destitute]

[FANTINE]
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would…

"Do You Hear The People Sing" Lyrics - by Les Miserables Cast

ENJOLRAS
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

COMBEFERRE
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Courfeyrac:
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

ALL
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

FEUILLY
Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

ALL
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slave…