Thursday, January 28, 2010

Yesteryear Thrills

Before the days of the internet and digital camera kids would be thrilled like hell on simple dessert.

The attap chee, palm seed in english, is a favourite found in chendol and ice ball.

hotel chendol

street chendol

The greenish strips in chendol look like something from a runny nose. When it roll out, other kids will shout "chendol, chendol".

Soursop or commonly called angmo durian can be plucked right of the tree, free too as kampongs are full of them. Today medical science has elevate the fruit as a disease fighter including cancer.

There would be the malt candy seller who went around on a bicycle. He scooped up the brown candy with 2 sticks and pull, coil and twist until it became a little white and served on a small stick. For five cents, the 'beh lay ko' was heaven.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Masters Speak

Master Tan Khoon Yong said the upcoming Year of the Tiger in 2010 will bring bad fortune to all of the 12 Chinese zodiacs.

According to him, people must beware of health problems. If not cautious enough, many people may also have brushes with the law.
He said that since the tiger is an aggressive animal, people will be more hot-tempered and emotionally impulsive in 2010.

Among the zodiacs, those born in the Year of Tiger has the worst fortune, because of a direct conflict with Tai Sui.
Rooster has the best fortune for 2010.
Those born under the Zodiac of Dog and Dragon have a higher risk of lawsuits.
Fortune is reasonably good for people born in the Year of the Pig and Goat.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit and Monkey are prone to falling sick.

Master Lynn Yap said it will be an inauspicious year of moderate growth.
The Tiger year will be a year of natural disaster, political changes and financial difficulties.
The season of spring begin on 4 February and the New Year proper on 14 February.
She advise to observe what happen to you on 4 Feb and if good things happened on that day then it is gonna be a great year for you.
4 Feb is a Thursday and she urge everyone to wear red, go to the bank to make a deposit into their own account.

Master Andy Goh fired his salvo by saying the US economy will continue to recover from the massive downturn and post more favourable results in 2010. However, do take extra caution as the US will face an unexpected obstacle during the second half of the year.

He expect the business generated by both Integrated Resorts (RWS and MBS) to only contribute a small percentage of total income stream for Singapore. It is also not likely for Singapore to see continued growth in both IRs.

He advised to sell all stocks on hand before the end of first half of 2010. For those who wish to buy in on any equities, he strongly advise to hold back and refrain from undertaking in any investments during the second half of 2010.

Master Goh also studies Apple's boss Steve Jobs' birth chart, and predicts that in addition to his past medical history, Steve Jobs’ heart and kidneys are weak. Years 2010 and 2012 are particularly bad for his health. His advice is Mr Jobs needs to avoid all Yin foods and emphasize on Yang foods. To overcome these problems, Mr Jobs would need help on all fronts including feng shui and Chinese medicine.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Are You a Buddhist ?

On the full moon night of the month of Vesakha, He sat under the Bodhi tree at Gaya, wrapped in deep meditation. It was then that His mind burst the bubble of the universe and realized the true nature of all life and all things. At the age of 35 years, He was transformed from an earnest truth seeker into the Buddha, the Enlightened One. Buddha passed away at the age of eighty at Kusinara.

Does reincarnation exist ?
The strongest evidence supporting the theory of reincarnation is from the work of Ian Stevenson who documented numerous cases of children ‘recalling’ historical events and relatives of deceased individuals.
Reincarnation cannot explain how temple mediums are able to invoke the spirits of the departed.
If the spirit of the departed has already reincarnated into another body, how can it also appear in the temple medium?

In Hindu belief, an avatar is a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth.
It is also defined as an incarnation of god on earth. The plural form is avatara.
An example is Krishna. One living guru, Sai Baba claims to be an avatar.

It has been more than one thousand and nine hundred years since Buddhism spread to China.
It is very easy to misunderstand Buddhism if one knows nothing about its origins. Some followers may practice the cultural rituals without ever knowing Buddha’s teachings. As a consequence, those who believe in "Buddhism" may not really be following the Buddha’s teachings

Chinese Buddhism emphasises a vegetarian diet. Buddhists in Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Tibet and Mongolia the monks and nuns have meat in their diet.
One need not be a vegetarian in order to learn about the teaching of the Buddha and that one cannot practise Buddhism if one cannot be a vegetarian. To practice Buddhism and be a vegetarian are not the same thing. Some people who become a Buddhist, do not learn much about the teachings but only know how to be a vegetarian.

Although it is not necessary for a Buddhist to be vegetarian, the teaching of the Buddha says that becoming a vegetarian will cultivate one’s loving kindness and compassion. By not harming the life of other living beings, not eating the meat of the other animals one will reduce one’s karma of killing.

Karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence.

The non-Buddhist always feel that it is an act of superstition when they see Buddhists chanting to repent. To repent is to admit one’s mistake. Everyone of us have committed countless wrong and evil deeds. Killing, stealing and adultery are evil deeds. People generally do not know how to repent. People pay monks or nuns to lead them during the repentance. These people do not even know that they should repent, and only employ the monks and nuns to repent for them. They do not have faith in Buddhism, and do not show any sincerity in repenting themselves.
As a result, the monks and nuns are busy with all these services all day. And these services become the only activity in many temples, with the main task of the monks and nuns being neglected.

In Buddhist temples, there is misbehaviour such as drawing lots, asking for fortune, divining etc.
True Buddhists do not allow this behaviour. One who is really practising the teaching of the Buddha, should believe in the Law of Cause and Effect. If one has committed evil karma, one will not be able to avoid the effect of it through any methods.

The Chinese in the olden days have the tradition of burning white silk when praying to their ancestors. They burn silk so that the ancestors may use it. They were then replaced by paper; as it is more economical. Later, they used paper to make money, ingots, notes, and even houses and cars, and burn them for their ancestors. These are generated from the traditional customs of the olden days. They are not the teachings of the Buddha.
Buddhists should understand this and should not burn paper money as this is not the teaching of the Buddha. If one still wants to keep the tradition and want to show one’s remembrance towards the ancestors, then one may burn a little at home. Amithaba.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Idols,Then and Now

Cliff Richard

Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA)

Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA)

Kenny Rogers

Glen Campbell

Neil Diamond

Whitney Houston


Cyndi Lauper

George Michael

Barry Gibb

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Economy Watch

NODX 2009 - Year on Year
-20.8 percent in December 2008 - S$10.47 billion
-34.8 percent in January 2009 - S$10.04 billion
-23.8 percent in February 2009 - S$12.87 billion
-17.3 percent in March 2009 - S$11.88 billion
-19.2 per cent in April 2009 - S$11.32 billion
-12.1 per cent in May 2009 - S$10.94 billion
-11.0 per cent in June 2009 - S$11.38 billion
- 8.5 per cent in July 2009 - S$12.08 billion
- 7.1 per cent in August 2009 - S$12.1 billion
- 7.2 per cent in September 2009 - S$12.81 billion
- 6.1 per cent in October 2009 - S$12.50 billion
+8.7 per cent in November 2009 - S$13.1 billion
+26.1 per cent in December 2009 - S$13.2 billion

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Descendant of Apes

Scientists concluded the genetic similarity between humans and apes is somewhere in the neighborhood of 98 to 99 percent. A mere 2 percent differentiate the appearance and intelligence of the 2 species.

It all started after Charles Darwin's proposal that we humans descended from the apes.

But this small genetic difference makes humans damn superstitious.
And religious as well.
Have you ever see a monkey praying to a dead one? Or an ape offering bananas to a dead relative?

It also set humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom by our ability to talk, write, construct a 880 metre building and dig for gold.

Dr. Mary Claire King and Drs C. G. Sibley and J. E. Ahlquist of San Francisco State University did an experiment over 20 years ago and concluded that Darwin is right- we are indeed chimpanzees.

If the chimpanzees and humans have almost 99 per cent genomic identity, why do we not use the body parts of chimps for organ transplant?

A striking similarity is humans and apes go to war over territorial turf. And over a mate too.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Travel With Care

Someone email this chilling article.

Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie ' Munich ' was based. He was Golda Meir's bodyguard, and she appointed him to track down and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who took the Israeli athletes hostage and killed them during the Munich Olympic Games.

He predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox News stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time, O'Reilly laughed, and mocked him saying that in a week he wanted him back on the show. Unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had occurred.

Juval Aviv gave intelligence to the Bush Administration about 9/11, a month before it occurred. His report specifically said they would use planes as bombs and target high profile buildings and monuments. Congress has since hired him as a security consultant.

He predicts the next terrorist attack on the U.S. will occur within the next few months.
Forget hijacking airplanes, because he says terrorists will NEVER try and hijack a plane again as they know the people onboard will never go down quietly again.

Aviv says that if a terrorist attack targets airports in the future, they will target busy times on the front end of the airport when/where people are checking in. It would be easy for someone to take two suitcases of explosives, walk up to a busy check-in line, ask a person next to them to watch their bags for a minute while they run to the restroom or get a drink, and then detonate the bags BEFORE security even gets involved. In Israel , security checks bags BEFORE people can even ENTER the airport.

Aviv says the next terrorist attack here in America is imminent and will involve suicide bombers and non-suicide bombers in places where large groups of people congregate.
He says terrorists won't need to use suicide bombers in many of the larger cities, because at places like the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they can simply valet park a car loaded with explosives and walk away.

He also says the next level of terrorists, over which America should be most concerned, will not be coming from abroad. But will be, instead, 'homegrown', having attended and been educated in our own schools and universities right here in the U.S. He says to look for 'students' who frequently travel back and forth to the Middle East. These young terrorists will be most dangerous because they will know our language and will fully understand the habits of Americans.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are you the Manager?

Nowaday job titles look high flying, but what do they do, actually?

Account Executive - Sales Representative

Administrative Assistant - Clerk

Office Administrator - Receptionist

Human Resources Manager - Personnel Manager

Documentation Co-Ordinator - Typist

Credit Collection Executive - Debt Collector

Chief Financial Officer - Account Manager

Head of Marketing - Sales Manager

Chief Operating Officer - Workshop Manager

Business Development Executive - Salesman

Inventory Control Manager - Purchaser

Operations Assistant - General Worker

HR Executive - Personnel Clerk

Personal Assistant - Junior Secretary

Export Coordinator - Shipping Clerk

Indoor Sales Co-ordinator - Salesman

Air stewardess - Flight Attendant

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bad Things In a Row

The weather look like out of order.

7 January 2010

It is described as the worst winter since a long time ago.

4 January 2010

China and Korea was covered with a foot of snow - and this is just the beginning of winter. So too London and Europe.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

That's Life, Get Over It

Some countries are born lucky. They have "money" oozing out of the ground.

Australia produced 40% of the western world's mining production output and has emerged as the world's major alumina producer.

Botswana is the world's leading producer of diamonds. The diamond industry accounts for 70% of export earnings and 30% of Botswana's GDP.

Indonesia is the world’s largest tin producer, followed by Peru and Brazil.


South Africa used to be the world's largest gold producer, but China has surpassed it to become the largest gold producer since 2007.

South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world.

Mexico is the largest silver producer in the world.


Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest oil producer with a daily output of 10 millions barrels. Russia and the USA trail with output of 9 million bpd and 8 million bpd respectively.

And what do Singapore got? The country, a land area of 660 sq km, can only mine the pockets of the population of 4 million. Well, life is never fair and nothing is created equal.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Scams. Cheats or Theft

Quite a handful of scams has been written in the www and travellers are advised to be aware.

City: Bangkok Airport
The Scam: Such con jobs involved travellers who were arrested for leaving the duty-free shop with "unpaid" merchandise. Once in custody, the victim is introduced to a middleman who says he can settle the offence - for a fee. The rogue police officers, in cahoot, share the fee.

City: Bangkok
The Scam: Genuine-looking tour guides approach you at the area around Bangkok Grand Palace, and tell you, that the palace is closed to visitors but they will be happy to take you on a “private tour” for a fee.

City: Airports
The Scam: After you place your belongings at the x-ray machine and about to proceed, a person behind you cuts ahead of you. As he tries to walk through the metal scanner, the alarm rings as he has “forgotten” to remove his keys from the pocket. Meantime, his accomplice has gone through ahead of you and collect your stuff from the conveyor belt.

City: Most Airports
The Scam: The person sitting next to you “accidentally” squirts mustard on you while eating a hot dog (tube of mustard in a bun). Apologising, he offer to clean up the mess while his accomplice walks off with your bags.

City: Beijing and Shanghai
The Scam: Young “art students” approach you on the street and persuade you to visit their school gallery, where they apply strong arm sales pitch to sell overpriced, nothing out of the ordinary works being passed off as art.

City: Most Cities
The Scam: Two male tourists were befriended by two pretty young things who invited them to a pub. When the bill came, the amount was inflated to an unbelievable sum. The bartender with tattooed bouncers demanded cash or else.

Happy Touring.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Houses Bubble

9,865 applications received for 1,718 BTO flats in Dawson,
2,000 applications for 200 5-room BTO Dawson flats costing more than $500K screamed the main headlines.

Pity the present gen x who are now paying an arm and a leg for SkyVille@Dawson and Skyterrace@Dawson which are public flats.
Five-room flats, which cost over half a million Singapore dollars, while the four-room version goes for over $400,000 !
For that money, one can get a decent 3-room condominium in the outlying suburbs.
But then who want to miss the chance to live at Orchard Road doorstep?

The older generation who bought the enbloc flats in the same vicinity are lucky though, paying $400,000 for 5-room units. They will be moving in this year.