Monday, 30 November 2009

the patriotic singaporean...

who refuses to take down his flag three months after national day...

wheee.... i love my countrymen...

Friday, 30 October 2009

MINDstyle's Scavengers


mindstyle kathie olivas
Originally uploaded by hwee_ling

by Kathie Olivas

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Old Changi Hospital


Old Changi Hospital, originally uploaded by hwee_ling.

amazing patterns on the wall

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Sunday, 13 September 2009

yunnan kitty

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

A Day @ The Singapore Zoo

singapore zoo
singapore zoo
singapore zoo

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2009 -

My Loot at the end of 3 days...
Singapore Games Toys and Comic Fair 2009

and 2 t-shirts (both from wantondoodle), 1 Tanpopo book by camilla d'errico, 1 picture book by Gary Baseman, and five 3 inch mini vinyl figurines by artist Kathie Olivas (MINDstyle)..

MINDstyle Kathie Olivas Scavengers Collection

my greatest find? the works of local artist Mas of Wanton Doodle!!! they are incredible!! :D

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2009
singapore
singapore

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Christoph Rehage: The Longest Way

In 2007, German Christoph Rehage set off to take the “longest way” home, walking from Beijing to northwest Germany. After a year, he stopped his journey in Urumqi after walking 4646 kilometers and growing a very long beard. He put together a very creative time-lapse video documenting his journey:

The Longest Way 1.0 - one year walk/beard grow time lapse from Christoph Rehage on Vimeo.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Singapore Cable Car

singapore

as usual, trying to catch something for the very first/last time before it's gone.. See Singapore's cable car rides to close for S$36m overhaul... took a glass-bottomed one... not bad for $21.90 return... :) hope the new one is even better and doesn't take away the simple charm of the current one..
Singapore Street Cat

singapore cats

i know you're saying: "how can this possibly be a street cat?? it's so pretty!!"

i think so too.
Singapore Lights Timelapse

Singapore Lights Timelapse from Weehan Yeo on Vimeo.


really well done! this is the kind of stuff that makes people have that aching feeling of affection for the country.... frankly, i could hardly understand this year's NDP song... they should go back to the KISS principle... such as in this (by now) well-known unofficial 2009 NDP song.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Total Solar Eclipse of July 22 2009!!

this was what i caught on TV this morning LIVE~! you can hear how excited the Chinese were.. watch it.. it's worth watching till the end... :)



REALLY AMAZING!!

here are other pretty pictures i found online..
Full Solar Eclipse 2009 Solar Eclipse

Information: A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra. This solar eclipse is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. Totality will last for up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

The Grass Mud Horses Come Avisiting

grass mud horse

According to the web:The grass-mud horse lives in the Malegebi Desert, where it fights its mortal enemy, the river crab. The animals are fairly easy to take care of — according to an online guide to raising grass mud horses, they should flourish so long as they are not fed Sanlu Milk.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Burma VJ



Official website: http://www.burmavj.com/

What a privilege to have had a chance to see this in Singapore just two days ago!! Eyes that were closed are now open! Courage that leaves you breathless.. juxtaposed against cruelty that leaves you speechless... Nonetheless, and most unfortunately, I hear that the powers that be will definitely not be allowing a commercial release of this documentary in Singapore....:( .... yes, despite the close ties that we have with Myanmar...such as this...

"Burma VJ" (NR): An award-winning documentary offering a rare inside look at the 2007 uprising in Myanmar. The footage was shot by 30 anonymous and underground video journalists who risked their lives to document the clashes with the military and undercover police. Armed with small handy cams undercover Video Journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country. Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, acclaimed director Anders Ostergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage. Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. The Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon.

Read interview with director Anders Ƙstergaard.. we actually had a video conferenced Q&A with him after the show! Quite cool..

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Limited Edition Grass Mud Horses (with mama making yummy dumplings in the background)

grass mud horse

this is what you find when u google "political reforms china"....hahhaa... see link... btw, these little alpacas even come with their individual birth certs!! they are too cute.. i couldn't resist buying them...

btw, that's my mum wrapping bakchang in the background.. ya, i know it is after the Dumpling Festival but she's perfecting her skills so.... haha.. she practices hard i can assure you... and the dumplings she makes are the best in the world!

for the background about these cute creatures, click here .... and this is the youtube video that started it all...
The World... lest we forget...

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Surprising new things that I learnt....
  1. Performance-related pay doesn’t encourage performance [read]

  2. Dr Thio Li-Ann, 41, an ex-Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) (aka daughter of "I'm on Page 73") will be teaching ‘Human Rights Law in Asia’ during NYU’s Fall 09 Semester under the faculty’s Global Visiting Professor of Law programme. [read]

  3. Our best ever NMP Siew Kum Hong fails to get a second term in Parliament!!! [read] ... @$%#$%_)&*&*^ .... needless to say, it's a huge loss to all of us, every single one of us in poco punto rojo Singapore, not just the ones who really enjoy and appreciate the good debate he has finally brought into Parliament, and for raising those issues that are truly important but which many have thus far feared to raise.... even the people who may not agree with him 100%... i'm sure deep in their hearts, they know he's worth all the respect we can give him... look at what and how often he actually spoke as compared to the others! Indeed, here was someone who really cared for the people around him... Thank you Mr Siew for what you've done for us and for civil society!! We'll miss hearing your views in Parliament!... as someone said "Thank you for speaking up on the issues that Singapore has always been afraid to confront. Equality has always been a hard goal to achieve because of certain lobby groups, yet you have not bowed to them under their pressure." .... so very true.... I salute you, Mr Siew!

  4. And in his place we have new NMPs like this Calvin Cheng who writes like this!!! - [read]... Such a disappointing and immature and defensive and meaningless response to an entirely valid argument/question brought up by Mr P N Balji [read] !!!! (Mr Balji had asked Calvin Cheng why the latter had mentioned joining Young PAP "out of curiosity" and then "cutting off links only after Today had highlighted it"... you SO need to read the Calvin guy's response... it's almost hilarious! here is a "so-called" Oxford grad! gulp! does this spell the end of meaningful debate in Parliament?? I don't know.. but maybe it's time i dig out my spongebob squarepants dvd and rewatch it instead....

  5. Marital rape is actually still legal in Singapore in most cases!! Gulp! What kind of society do we live in?? [read] - Quoting the law: "Marital immunity will now not apply where divorce or separation proceedings have been commenced or completed, or where the wife has applied for or obtained an injunction or protection order against the husband."... in other words, in all other cases, it is still accepted that a husband is legally incapable of raping his wife... Regardless of whether or not she consents to sex, regardless of whether or not he forces himself upon her, it is simply impossible in law for a husband to rape his wife.... If you don't agree to this and want to petition for a complete repeal of this archaic law, click here!

  6. Praise could result in less motivated and highly dependent kids! Warning to all parents!! [read]

  7. Spinach, Pear and Pitted Prunes taste great juiced or blended and its great for detoxing... it's a must try!

  8. Watermelon, Cucumber and Cranberries taste great together too! very refreshing and full of nutrition!

  9. And in case you haven't tried... Myojo Chicken Abalone instant noodles taste fantastic with two slices of cheese (any kind, even cheapo Kraft Cheddar!) melted on top... yum yum..
actually, i've learnt a lot more things recently but these are just some things that are top of my mind now as i'm typing... remind me if i've spoken to you about them recently... will update list later as i go along...

Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Power of Youtube



Description:
"In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didnt deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say no to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world."

Two lessons I learn:
1. There is always a more creative way to get even and to seek fairness if we are mistreated
2. Never walk away from your unhappy customers without dealing with their problems.. because with the internet revolution and all, it's no just 3000 people who will hear about it.. it could be 3 million!!

hahaha...

read the whole story

Sunday, 5 July 2009

National Day Parade 2009 Rehearsal @ Marina
NDP

a much smaller crowd, less singing of those familiar and heartwarming songs folks of my generation grew up with, less of my favourite item - the military police throwing their bayonets with superb precision, fewer RSAF fighter planes in the flypast (maybe cos it's just the rehearsals)...replaced with more fancy technology, and more silly storylines, confusing choreography and also more hideous and meaningless costumes... and worst of all, my fave singa the courtesy lion has been ridiculed, making a comic appearance as the lion sang nila utama spotted when he first arrived on singapore's shores... (see singa without pants as he was in the past vs. now)

i even saw singa just this afternoon, opposite funan centre, warning singaporeans and tourists alike to "wear a mask if they are coughing or have a cold"...

singapore H1N1

WILL TODAY'S KIDS REMEMBER WHAT THIS FRIENDLY MASCOT STANDS FOR IN THE FUTURE??

Talk about brand destruction! and at this time when there is an even greater need and urgency (with the falling standards of manners and etiquette) for all of us to educate the current generation of youngsters on what it means to be courteous...

sigh! and they do that to our favourite character?? who else will they assassinate next??

Friday, 3 July 2009

Goodbye Michael Jackson!

Thank you for being such an inspiration! You made me glad I lived in this era! :")






Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Comfortable myths

“There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably, some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he does not dare face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not real, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”
Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Dog's Day Out @ West Coast Park 28 June 2009

Dog's Day Out

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Good idea!

The Baby Think It Over infant simulator - I think every parent should try this out before they have a baby!

but i think the replacement parts are totally unnecessary... need i say more??

Monday, 22 June 2009

Friends with you

Buddy Chub

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Making a break for freedom...



I'd like to think that that horse and me are some kind of kin - patient, yet yearning for the unbridled life. We make our halfhearted breaks for freedom, searching for a slightly different perspective of that same old mountain.

Meanwhile, another year begins, and we keep on plugging...

[came across this article by chance... it stirred an aching in my heart so deep and so profound i have reason to believe noone will be able to truly understand..]

Saturday, 20 June 2009

It ain’t easy being Singaporean.

an excellent piece by groundnotes!


and in case that didn't amuse u enough, read this other thing i found...


and THAT'S why i don't have time to watch tv...

:p

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Yunnan Province, China - 06.2009

Yunnan
Yunnan, China - June 2009

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Be true to yourself!

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I REPLACED THE VIDEO BELOW - The new one is a little soft so you can try the audio stream above instead :)



another hilarious but totally inspiring speech by Ellen DeGeneres! A must-listen!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

EnviroFest 2009 @ Toa Payoh Hub

singapore nature

dropped by to take a look at the array of exhibits (panels, specimens and so on) put up by the many passionate volunteers from the various nature conservation groups in Singapore, including Green Volunteers Network, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research & their volunteers the Toddycats, Team Seagrass, Hantu Bloggers, Nature Trekkers Singapore, NParks etc.. it was fun pledging to eat at least a vegetarian meal once during the next week, to petition against keeping whale sharks in captivity (as was to have been the case for one of Singapore's IRs) and buy some car decals..

always warms my heart to encounter people truly passionate in doing something for the bit of biodiversity we have in Singapore... definitely an eye opener...
The School Cat Series

singapore cats
Not JUST another swine flu victim...

Breaking news - First Celebrity Swine Flu Fatality











And we all know who gave it to him





Sunday, 17 May 2009

What a Weekend!

first there was the Pink Dot Event.. see web
pink dot

then there was the arts fest opening at marina barrage...
arts festival

and then lastly, the visit to Mrs Wong who keeps something like 80 cats in her apartment and all in really good condition! :) she feeds them very well and the place is clean and odour free... here are some of them.. if you would like to Adopt one or more of these lovely kitties, go to this website or log into Facebook and search for "Adopt a Kitty Today" - they have all been sterilized..
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singapore cats

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Screaming Rabbid!!

raving rabbids

20"x30" Acrylics ...When Raving Rabbids meet Edvard Munch... Screaming Rabbid!

p.s. not original idea - adapted from idea found online! :p

and here is my version of the full english brekkie... doesn't look that great but i can tell you it was pretty delicious.. :p

Full English Breakfast

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Are Our Children Doomed?? Let's Start Our Own Country!

i just read this online.. a GP teacher was apparently told to take down her note from Facebook, after an anonymous person presenting him/herself as "a concerned parent" put pressure on MOE to do so... this note reads as follows:

I Teach General Paper, not Homosexuality
Mon 12:44pm

With all due respect to the well-meaning “concerned parents” out there, this is starting to sound like a dodgy GP essay to me.

Apparently, because my students and I “discuss topics such as the legalisation of gay marriage and parents of the same sex forming families through adoption” in class, I am guilty of promoting homosexuality.*

Right.

But never mind. MOE has already come to the rescue with their statement that “GP lessons are meant to promote critical thinking” and GP teachers “should also adhere to social norms and values of our mainstream society”.*

Oh yes, apparently one can facilitate critical thinking, that is, the reasoned questioning of assumptions, norms and values AND fully reinforce and adhere to social norms at the same time.

And wait, I see this again, in the debate on sexuality education and just what should be said about homosexuality:

1. Homosexuality is against the social norms and values of mainstream society.
2. Homosexuality is illegal and considered unnatural under Singapore law.

The first thing any student of GP (or indeed, any human being who knows anything about world history) will realise, is that social norms change.

Secondly, if you insist on going by “mainstream” values and beliefs, you may like to follow 43% of Singaporeans and look to Buddhism, which views homosexuality on neutral grounds, as opposed to Christianity (15%) and Islam (15%).

In any case, the legal argument will only hold as long as homosexual acts are considered illegal in Singapore.... and judging from the force of change in the world, frankly my dear, you can't hold the dam for much longer.

Singapore's law criminalising homosexual acts is based on British law – which decriminalised this in 1967.

Other countries which have decriminalised homosexuality include France (1791), The Netherlands (1811), Brazil (1830), Ottoman Empire (1858), Germany (1871), Japan (1880), Italy (1889), USSR (1922), Denmark (1930), Iceland (1940), Switzerland (1942), Sweden (1944), Greece (1951), Thailand (1956), Israel (1963), Chad (1967), Canada (1969), Kosovo (1970), Australia (1981), South Africa (1994), China (1997) etc.

This shows an increasing acceptance that personal preferences that do not harm anyone else should not be governed (in this case, criminalised) by the state. As with the wearing away of all other forms of inequality, I believe this discrimination of homosexuals cannot last.

So what are we left with?

Are we justifying a brand of education with reasons that won't hold weight for much longer?

You may argue that making something legal doesn't make it right, and you have a point.

But then that would depend on what you consider “right”, which really is a moral issue and one that concerns personal belief.

So I have two points for you:

1. Personal beliefs – religious or otherwise – should not influence the laws of a secular society. The onus is on parents and preachers to educate their children in these beliefs. Say what you want at the pulpit, not in Parliament, and certainly, do not foist this responsibility onto your child's teachers in secular schools.

2. It is unfair, impractical and dangerous to insist that youths be given only the old rules when they live in a completely different world. Parents, if you insist on a black-and-white moral education for your children, you only drive them into secrecy when they need you most. If teachers cannot teach openly and factually, rest assured that the internet will.

As an educator and maybe future parent, I admit I am less concerned about whether my children are homosexual/transsexual/(fill in the blank) or not, and more concerned that they should always respect others and themselves, never discriminate, always critically examine issues, always feel free to share their thoughts with me without fear of condemnation, always love and always be loved no matter what.

This is my hope.

Lisa Li
11 May 2009

PS. If you think your children will rush to become homosexual/transsexual/(fill in the blank) because of my words, I THANK YOU for crediting me with such influence! By the way, your children are smarter than you think....

* Quoted from "AWARE sex guide suspended" (ST, 7 May 2009)


indeed, she puts forth several strong points to support her arguments, being a GP teacher after all.. but the thing is, is she right? or are the "concerned parents of the world" right?

surely we shouldn't be too harsh on these parents, eh? after all, they mean well, don't they? protecting their scions as a mother hen would protect her brood... nothing wrong with that, surely? after all, even the teacher agrees that they now live in a "completely different world"!

I share these concerns of the parents! I really do! I mean, with the "evil" Internet ready to corrupt their "innocent as a flower" sons and daughters at every turn, with all the negative influences their children get from their schoolmates and others they may meet around them, as well as the media having just shown that the "liberals" have won at the marathon Aware EoGM, with their "hooliganism" and "dangerous pro-gay pro-lesbian" agendas, while the now ex"new exco" is still licking its wounds from the defeat, there is now NO ONE LEFT to protect their little princes and princesses from the EVILS of the world, the corrupt, the sinful"!!! ISN'T THAT WHY PARENTS HAVE TO STEP IN TO DO THEIR PART??

SO WHAT ARE THESE POOR CONCERNED PARENTS GONNA DO???

well, here are my humble suggestions to them:

1. How about homeschooling your kids all the way to University? Keep them away from all the "evil" as long as you can! Separate them from all the negative influences from their misguided peers, or worse still, from "irresponsible" teachers like the one published above who (in the words of a concerned parent) "indoctrinise our kids with rubbish"! Who knows what they are telling our impressionable kids! What if they ALL decide to turn gays and lesbians because it is "OK TO DO SO"?? We can't let them know about these things can we??

2. Better still, how about getting together with a bunch of your like-minded "friends" and set up your own school!! you can even build a tall wall around it so your little precious ones cannot look outside and be influenced by all the 4D outlets and even the IR and other such vices that is happening around them 24/7!

3. Or even better, go buy an island in Indonesia and start a new country! One that you can protect your kids COMPLETELY from all these "sinful practices" of the world! a sweet little place that you can run in any way you want..... IMAGINE THAT! you could even make sure the island has no Internet access OR nonsense like Cable TV so that your precious little babies cannot be exposed to whatever rubbish and vice that the media is now feeding them! surely THEY deserve ALL that you can do for them?? SURELY YOU KNOW BEST??

4. Or you could build a giant glass dome (ala Simpsons the Movie) and quarantine them from the "dirt" of the modern world! In this pretty lala land, you can play wholesome pro-family movies on TV all day, teach wonderful values that they don't teach enough of in mainstream schools (WHO NEEDS CHOICE??), and best of all, PROTECT PROTECT PROTECT! let them grow up sweet and innocent and full of Goodness (with a capital 'G')!

Woohoooo!!!! Let's cover their eyes and keep them from seeing and hearing the evils of the world !! Teach them NEVER TO TOLERATE those vile and different from them!! Don't worry! Mummy and Daddy are here!! We will make sure you are safe forever!!

and to help you along in your most laudable anti-gay campaign, how about this "How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps"!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

AWARE EGM Souvenir

It's finally here!!
AWARE EGM
Shiroi Koibito!!

I love my parents! they just came back from hokkaido and bought me boxes of shiroi koibito! and of cos other stuff but its the shiroi koibito that i am after!! wahahaha...

shiroi koibito

the amount of wrapping is rather.. umm... excessive... there is the pretty wrapping you see in the top pic. then when u rip that open, you find a white cardboard box with simple designs.. and then in the cardboard box is an ornamental blue metal tin (which is quite nice and probably useful for putting shiny little objects) - which is shown in the middle pic; and then lastly you reach the chocolate which is in the metal tin, individually wrapped, bundled 3 together with a thin strip of clear plastic... makes one wonder if it is all part of the strategy to delay the gratification as long as possible! :)

Shiroi Koibito - This is the famous Shiroi Koibito representative of Hokkaido, born from Ishiya Seika's excellent techniques and passion for confectionary. The soft flavored white chocolate sandwiched in fragrant "langue de chat" cookies (white type) after its first production in 1976 it has been enjoyed by many customers and was awarded by the Suisse Monde Selection in 1986. - taken from the Shiroi Koibito website.

two pieces of thin but crispy cookies with a slice of white chocolate sandwiched between them.... yummmy....... :) about S$15 per box of 28... is that expensive??

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusion No. 1Is This Possible??

Optical Illusion No. 2
Optical Illusion No. 3
Are the purple lines straight or bent?

Optical Illusion No. 4
Do you see gray areas in between the squares?

Optical Illusion No. 5
You should see a man's face and also a word...

Optical Illusion No. 6
If you take a look at the following picture, let me tell You ..... It is not animated. Your eyes are making it move. To test This, stare at one spot for a couple seconds and everything will Stop moving. Or look at the black center of each circle and it will Stop moving. But move your eyes to the next black center and the Previous will move after you take your eyes away from it Weird?

Optical Illusion No. 7