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Susan Boyle came in second in the final of Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle was beaten in the public vote by Diversity, a street dance group from Essex. Though Susan came in second, she is still a "winner" and definitely, she has a glittering singing career ahead of her if she likes to be one.

Diversity: Dance Group - Britain's Got Talent 2009 - The Final

Susan Boyle: I Dreamed A Dream - Britain's Got Talent 2009 - The Final

How insignificant human beings are

“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” - Jones Salk

Jones Salk is an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine.

Let H1N1 in to build Herd Immunity

The below article by Dr Wong Wee Nam talks about we shouldn't be too panicky on H1N1 flu virus. Dr Wong also made references to a 13th May 2009 Straits Times article “Let it in while benign to develop herd immunity” by Dr Lee Wei Ling. For your information, Dr Lee Wei Ling is the daughter of Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew.

Both Dr Wong and Dr Lee talk on herd immunity. Since H1N1 is not as lethal as originally thought and it is impossible to prevent the virus from entering Singapore, they feel Singapore should welcome the invasion of H1N1 so that our people can develop herd immunity from it.

The Spectre of Death [via]




God is fair.
One door close means one door open.
God never promise sunshine without rain,
but he promise to be faithful.


电话合约完了我就签了一个 Nokia N95 电话给她用.
当时的我是很想拥有 Nokia E51 无相机功能的电话.
可是,当时用 Sony Ecrisson 很不满意的她告诉我一定要做那个决定.
最后,那 Nokia 手机给扒手扒走了.





I hope

I hope my sincerity, determination and commitment can change things.
I am not tired at all.

Google Wave - Model for Communication and Collaboration on the Web

Google new ambitious project Google Wave, is set to rework email, instant messaging, document sharing, and blogging. It will be available by end of 2009.

Google defines wave as the following:

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

About Google Wave [via]

My Exam Results

My first semester exam results for my Master of Computing at National University of Singapore (NUS) is out.

I got A- for CS5251 - Integration of IS and Business and a B+ for CS5259 - Information Technology Outsourcing. I hope to share my good news with her.

Turning risk-return theory on its head

Turning risk-return theory on its head

Business Times - 27 May 2009

Evidence from the US and Singapore markets show that high-risk stocks tend to generate lower returns and vice versa, reports GENEVIEVE CUA

FINANCIAL theory suggests that assets with higher risks should reward investors with higher returns. But that, sadly, is not the case in reality, whether one looks at the US or the Singapore market.

Concern over how retail investors are to accumulate assets for retirement, particularly in the wake of deep losses since mid-2008, has prompted one fund management firm to design an approach that it says is efficient, as well as relatively rewarding, for individuals.

DBS Asset Management believes the key is to take volatility as a starting point when it comes to screening for stocks, and not returns.

And, to eke out as much efficiency as possible - that is, the lowest possible costs - this volatility screen is used on an exchange traded index fund. Says the firm's head of management offic…

My Plan

I plan to do the below for the remaining 7 months of year 2009
Pass my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam by July.
Reinforce my .NET 3.5 skill to prepare myself for .NET 4.0 certification next year.
Accelerate my Master programme by taking 3 modules next semester.

North Korea Nuclear Test

North Korea defied the world by launching its second nuclear test. This nuclear test recorded a scale of 4.5 on the Richter Scale. Russia's defence ministry estimated a blast of up to 20 kilotons that is comparable to the American bombs that flattened Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Outrage over N Korea nuclear test [via]

Obama signs new credit rules

U.S. President Obama passed a new law - the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009. This law will benefit consumers who have seen interest rates raised on balances, payment due dates manipulated at short period of time, and charged high fees for paying a bill by phone or online. It is estimated to cost credit card issuers US$10 billion in total lost interest for this new law.

I think it is time to terminate unnecessary credit cards before they stop waiving off annual fees.

Obama signs new credit rules [via]

Kübler-Ross model - 5 Stages of Death

The Kübler-Ross model describes in five discrete stages a process by which people basically have to go through when dealing with grief and tragedy, especially when diagnosed with a terminal illness or catastrophic loss. In my opinion, it is also applicable in a relationship breakdown (catastrophic loss).

Kübler-Ross model 5 stages:
AcceptanceI am in stage 2 to 5, all at the same time.

Wolfram|Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine

Wolfram|Alpha is a computational knowledge engine being developed by Wolfram Research. The project was announced in March 2009 by Stephen Wolfram. Wolfram|Alpha will officially launch May 18, 2009 as "one simple input field that gives access to huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms."

Its mission is "To make all computable, factual knowledge available to everyone".

I think Wolfram|Alpha is going to be a serious contender to Google search engine.

WolframAlpha - Computational Knowledge Engine

Watch a Quick Introduction to Wolfram|Alpha

How should I use my 29.5 days of annual leave?

After cancelling all my planned annual leaves and adding what I am entitled to for year 2009, I will have a total of 29.5 days of annual leave.

How should I use my 29.5 days of annual leave? They look to be quite meaningless now.

Life Continuity Plan (LCP)

Ever heard of Life Continuity Plan (LCP)? LCP is a term defined by myself. Like in any businesses, the need to have a business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan in place is essential to ensure critical business processes can still function in times of unexpected events or disasters. Singapore is the first country in the world to introduce a Standard and Certification programme for BC/DR service providers. With such certification, it provides confidence to clients when tapping onto the expertise of such certified service providers.

In life, I believe to a certain extent, one needs to have such a similar strategy in place for survival in this very unpredictable world. Everything or/and anything can just happen any time and once impact is felt, the impact can be irreversible. That's when LCP is activated. Identified risks defined earlier during the risk mitigation stage are assessed using methods like balanced scorecard. By definition, risk is defined as the factor between p…

No Updates for Now

There won't be any updates on this blog for now because of a storm. Ironically, it coincides with the current Sumatra squall season.

I am keeping all of my fingers crossed and intertwined, hoping for the best. I know the outcome is non guaranteed but I know the need to fight for it.

I hope my intended THE audience will read this entry. 我问天,我问天.

Mas Selamat bin Kastari Re-Captured and Arrested in Malaysia

I must first clarify my position. I am neither a PAP supporter nor a supporter of any opposition party.

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detainee Mas Selamat bin Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre at 4:05 pm on 27 Feb 2008. Mas Selamat was the leader of the Singapore JI network.

Today, The Straits Times, later further confirmed by the Singapore government, announced that Mas Selamat is captured. MSK was found in Johor and is currently under detention by the Malaysian authorities in Johor Bahru (JB). We should give credit to all, directly or indirectly, involved in the re-capture operation.

When someone of such a high profile escaped from a detention centre, he must already had had an escape plan. In fact, Mas Selamat used an improvised flotation device to escape from the north shore of S’pore to Johor. The efforts by the Singapore government to re-capture the fugitive can be seen by more stringent checks along the Singapore borders. I do not believe in 100% no-failure guard agai…

Asia back in favour among fund managers

Asia back in favour among fund managers
The Straits Times
06 May 2009

FUND managers have been steadily putting their money back into Asian equities, helping to ignite a rally in regional stock markets in the process.

The influx of new money - in the wake of subsiding redemptions - started as early as the end of last year.

It was interrupted by massive redemptions when sentiment soured in March but investors resumed their buying last month to fuel a rally that has lasted eight weeks - the longest winning streak in more than a year.

The local benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) has risen 42.4 per cent from its March low and is up 17.8 per cent since the start of the year.

Markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai are up 27.3 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively, since January.

The improved investor sentiment is due to 'the tentative early signs of stabilisation in the economic data', said Mr Andrew Hua, director for investment and strategy at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management.

In mid-Mar…

Exams Finally Over

Today marks the end of my last paper for my first semester as a Master student. One of the most challenging part is to get myself accustomed as a part-time student holding a full-time day job. It is made more challenging after having left school for more than 3 years. I almost forgotten seeing myself writing or scribbling continuously for 2 hours in an examination hall.

Definition of fever

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH),

“Fever is defined as an oral temperature above 37.5 degree Celsius for screening purposes. When using ear thermometers, please refer to the manufacturer’s instruction for the fever temperatures.”

“Oral temperatures may be affected by hot or cold food and drinks. Hence oral temperature should not be taken within 30 minutes of taking hot or cold food and drinks.”

STI soars to highest level since last Oct

STI soars to highest level since last Oct
The Straits Times
05 May 2009

INVESTORS were rubbing their eyes in disbelief yesterday after shares rallied with the kind of gusto that many thought was a thing of the past.

The benchmark Straits Times Index rocketed 108.43 points - 5 per cent - to 2,028.71, its highest since Oct 15 last year when global markets were in free fall. Volumes were also charged, with 2.8 billion shares worth $2.3 billion changing hands.

One dealer had been expecting the local market to be subdued after the long weekend, with investors waiting for the results of the stress tests for United States banks due on Thursday.

But investors defied the game plan and latched on to signs of improving economic conditions.

Retail investors and fund managers flooded the market to buy stocks, igniting a mini boom in such shares as SembCorp Marine and Keppel Corp.

SembCorp Marine rose 33 cents to $2.44 on a volume of 18.9 million shares. The volume was nearly double the average daily volum…

SMRT's train frequency to be reduced if flu alert hits red

SMRT said train frequency will be reduced by 30 per cent once Singapore's pandemic alert level hits red. This is because its service staff are divided into two teams to prevent the potential spread of the H1N1 virus.

Wow! This is going to be causing lots of inconveniences to the public.

SMRT's train frequency to be reduced if flu alert hits red [via]

Asian Bourses Rebounded Strongly

Asian stocks advanced, lifting a regional benchmark index to a seven-month high, as manufacturing in China expanded for the first time in nine months and regional leaders pledged to start a foreign-currency reserve pool.

Asia / Pacific (04 May 2009)
All Ordinaries Up 108.10 (2.89%)
Shanghai Composite Up 82.34 (3.32%)
Hang Seng Up 860.06 (5.54%)
BSE 30 Up 731.50 (6.41%)
Jakarta Composite Up 58.56 (3.39%)
KLSE Composite Up 18.62 (1.88%)
Nikkei 225 Up 149.11 (1.69%)
NZSE 50 Up 46.36 (1.70%)
Straits Times Up 108.43 (5.65%)
Seoul Composite Up 28.56 (2.09%)
Taiwan Weighted Up 337.83 (5.64%)

Josie Lau AWARE Team Defeated Soundly

Former AWARE (Association for Woman's Action and Research) president, Ms Dana Lam, is now again the new president of AWARE. Ms Josie Lau and her team were forced to step down from office after a vote of no confidence was passed against the new Exco, with a margin of 1,414 votes to 761 votes.

Ms Josie Lau was the president for less than two months. Josie Lau and team "seized" and voted out the Dana Lam's team less than two months back citing the AWARE was moving in the wrong direction. Josie Lau and team were mainly made up of newly enrolled members.

I see democracy working.

Josie Lau and team defeated soundly

Legal comments

Constance Singam joyous with results

Josie Lau and team removed, AWARE elect new team

Josie Lau and team admit defeat and step down

Influenza A (H1N1), Cause for Alarm?

Obama noted that officials are not certain that the H1N1 flu will be more severe than other seasonal flus that kill 36,000 people on average every year and cause about 200,000 hospitalizations. H1N1 may run its course like ordinary flus, he said, noting that the reason scientists are concerned is that this is a new strain.

Obama Says H1N1 Flu 'Cause for Concern, Not Alarm' [via]

The 1957-1958 pandemic flu took 70,000 deaths above the normal flu season, and the 1968-1967 pandemic flu caused 33,000 more deaths than the average flu season.

Swine Flu Reality Check [via]

The "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918–1919, which caused ≈50 million deaths worldwide, remains an ominous warning to public health. Many questions about its origins, its unusual epidemiologic features, and the basis of its pathogenicity remain unanswered. The public health implications of the pandemic therefore remain in doubt even as we now grapple with the feared emergence of a pandemic caused by H5N1 or…

Obama On Chrysler and the Autos

U.S. third largest auto maker, Chrysler, finally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to meet requirements to avoid 30 days bankruptcy deadline on 30 April 2009.

After consulting the Auto Task Force, Obama announced the very difficult decision for Chrysler to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and need for a major restructuring.

Chrysler files for bankruptcy protection [via]

New Extra Emoticons Available for Gmail Labs

For the past 1 week, Google Gmail Labs released 2 new lab features, the latest being including Google search results in email, and the other one on extra emoticons for emails.

Personally, I do not find the including of Google search results in email of much use and so will not be making reviews on it. New feature on new extra emoticons is interesting. To enable the new feature, simply go to Labs under Settings, and then enable "Extra Emoji".

After enabling "Extra Emoji", you will see a full range of new emoticons to choose from when composing a new email.

Swine Flu to be Renamed to Influenza A(H1N1)

From 30 April 2009 onwards, World Health Organization (WHO) will refer to the new influenza virus as Influenza A(H1N1). It was originally known as Swine Flu.

The rename is necessary after complaints that the original name was causing an unjustified clampdown on pork trade. Despite the name swine flu, no pigs are reported to be suffering from the disease, which also happen to have components from influenza strains afflicting people and birds in three continents. The renaming was also initiated by countries like the Jewish Israelis since pork is one of the many foods forbidden from consumption.

Full coverage of Influenza A(H1N1) [via]