Bak Chor Mee Man 2

April 19, 2007

This was simply such a Hilarious podcast by Mr Brown that everyone must listen to! This certainly made my day!


Singapore’s ruling PAP share of vote falls

May 7, 2006

SINGAPORE, May 7 (Reuters) – Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) won 66.6 percent of the votes cast, down from 75.3 percent in the previous election in 2001, state television said on Sunday.
Earlier, the elections department said the PAP won 82 out of 84 seats in parliament, the same number of seats it had in the outgoing parliament.

Well no surprise. PAP retained its position in Tampines GRC. I was very sad over the fact that Aljunied GRC still went to the PAP and that Mr Steve Chiva still could not win the seat in Chua Chu Kang SMC. Although both lost by relatively smaller margins as compared to the rest. Thankfully Mr Low Thia Khiang and Mr Chiam See Tong retained their seats for Hougang and Potong Pasir SMCs. I guess there are people who are not so easily swayed by 80 million dollar lift upgrades or new parks in their constituencies. The biggest loser? No surprise again, with SDP losing by a significant majority in Sembawang GRC.

Ugh. No more election analysis from me. Time to sleep and think about it tomorrow.


SDA Rally @ Tampines Stadium

April 29, 2006

I’ve been meaning to go for an Oppposition Rally but never really got the chance to do so, until today! There will be a SDA Rally at Tampines Stadium later from 7-10pm. It will be interesting to note the number of people who would be interested enough to come and listen to what SDA has to say concerning its “Eight Golden Paths”. Initially I had difficulty even finding out whether or not there will be anything remotely political happening in Tampines, since its not really considered as a hotspot even though it had been contested consistently in the last six elections, except during the 1997 elections. You can find out more about where the rallies are being held here.

Tampines sees another PAP vs SDA contest

SINGAPORE : Tampines is seeing a contest for votes between incumbent People’s Action Party and the Singapore Democratic Alliance in this general election, just as it did five years ago. Then, the PAP won the battle with nearly 75 percent of the valid votes.

No stranger to competition, this constituency has been contested in the last six elections, with the exception of 1997. Tampines was dubbed a “middle-aged town” by its MP of 18 years, Minister Mah Bow Tan. He has seen the estate mature and the number of voters there double to over 126,000. This general election, Mr Mah will lead his team into battle for the fifth time.

They comprise incumbents Ong Kian Min, Sin Boon Ann and Irene Ng as well newcomer Masagos Zulkifli, who replaces veteran MP Yatiman Yusof. They are being challenged by the SDA’s Arthero Lim Tung Hee, who quit the Singapore Democratic Party early this year, Tan Lead Shake and three newcomers — Edmund Ng Say Eng, Abdul Rahman Mohamad and Ong Hock Siong.

Said Mr Lim, “We came up with the ‘eight golden paths’ for Tampines. This tailor-made programme will eventually come into form if we get elected, and I think the residents are excited about something that is tailor-made. So this is the difference.” Their strategy covers issues like affordable health-care, social security and improved living environment. They also propose a new entrepreneur centre and an estate wired up with broadband available to the residents.

But the PAP team says specifics alone are not enough. Said Mr Mah, “They can put up 108 golden paths. The important thing is, can they implement? Do they have the ability to implement? Residents must ask them these questions and voters must decide.” He added, “I think the specifics of the programmes really are not important because when we talk about the programmes, we are 100 percent confident we are able to deliver. If we can’t, we won’t talk about it.” What the PAP team hopes to bring home to voters is the message that it has delivered on its promises. It is on track with its Lift Upgrading Programme, and using new technologies that will result in savings for the residents.

As the town, which is about 20 years old now, ages, estate renewal has become the talking point for residents, whose profile has also tended towards the retired and elderly. “More activity arranged for us, especially for above 50 years old. We need more activity, for family and harmony for every races,” said resident Asmah Mohamed Lani. These are issues the PAP team says it wants to deal with — plugging the gap for families with young children, promising to move beyond kindergartens and building more nurseries in the constituency, and doing more for the elderly as the estate ages.

Most residents in Tampines GRC say they have already made up their minds as to who they will choose come Polling Day. In the meantime, they are open to what both parties have to say during the campaigning period.

“I will attend most of the rallies by the opposition or by the PAP, just to size up their promise,” resident Kam Kwee Teck said. – CNA /ct

Its obvious who we are going to vote for in Tampines. Besides the fact there’s literally no opposition presence in the five years between elections, I don’t think most Tampines residents would favour the SDA. I’m still puzzling over what issues would Tampines residents be interested in, be it localised or national ones. Would there be a controversy? Lets wait and see!


Postmodernist Worldview?

February 9, 2006
You scored as Postmodernist. Postmodernism is the belief in complete open interpretation. You see the universe as a collection of information with varying ways of putting it together. There is no absolute truth for you; even the most hardened facts are open to interpretation. Meaning relies on context and even the language you use to describe things should be subject to analysis.

Postmodernist
81%
Cultural Creative
69%
Existentialist
56%
Modernist
50%
Romanticist
38%
Materialist
25%
Idealist
25%
Fundamentalist
13%

What is Your World View? (updated)
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Ramly Burger is NOT Banned in Singapore!

December 20, 2005

I was highly amused to find out that there was actually an entry detailing the history of the Ramly Burger in wikipedia! Even more surprised to discover that it is banned! I can’t wait to hear about someone being charged for peddling Ramly burgers! And this after eating the most delicious Ramly burger I ever tasted in my entire life, replete with all the condiments and so-called “Worcestershire sauce” which I don’t even think most Malay burger sellers would even know about!

The Ramly Burger, also known as the Burger Ramly, is a Malaysian hamburger created by Ramly Moknin popular in Malaysia and Singapore. While the term “Ramly Burger” may refer to any of the hamburgers sold in a Ramly Burger stall, it most commonly refers to the Ramly Burger Special. While the amount and type of ingredients vary greatly depending on location, a typical Ramly Burger consists of a beef or chicken patty, margarine, onions, an egg, cabbage, mayonnaise, and Worcestershire sauce. This list is subjective, however, as Ramly Burgers are famous for being highly customizable.

BURGER Ramly started out in 1979 as a small family business operated from a mobile kiosk on Lorong Haji Hussin in Kuala Lumpur. The family recipe soon became a hit among Malaysians.

The Ramly Burger is distinctive from most other hamburgers due to the unique way in which the ingredients are served. Rather than the usual method of stacking the ingredients within the bun, the patty in the Ramly Burger is first covered with the desired condiments, then wrapped in a thin layer of egg. The end result is packet-like and enhances the texture of the burger while simultaneously reducing mess from the condiments.

Despite its popularity among Singaporeans, the Ramly Burger is banned in Singapore, along with all other Malaysian beef products. However, several stalls have smuggled the burger, albeit illegally, into the country. In particular, Ramly Burger stalls are rampant in pasar malams, which are harder to track due to their itinerant nature.

Some have expressed health concerns over the Ramly burger, due to the liberal amounts of condiments typically lathered on the burger.

There are even instructions, quoted from the Straits Times on how to cook the Ramly burger! Hahahaha!

I love Ramly burgers. They should not be banned. Maybe I should start a petition to protect the rights of the Ramly burgers. Its after all a truly orgasmic experience. 😀

[Okay I have amended my entry, noting how two people have informed me that the Ramly Burger is not banned but a search on the internet shows me otherwise. From meatnews.com:

“The number of stalls in one selling Ramly burgers has at least doubled in the past two years, according to an Associated Press report. Still, despite the popularity, they are banned in Singapore. Those selling or smuggling the spicy burgers risk a fine and jail. Importing of beef and beef products from Malaysia is not permitted.”

And in Asiacuisine.com.sg:

“We had squeezed with the crowds in Chinatown and gorged ourselves silly with street food (the Ramly burger done ‘special’ style, with a thin film of fried egg folded over the delicious patty, unfortunately banned in Singapore due to its high level of MSG, tops our list).”

I checked AVA’s site but I can’t seem to find anything on Ramly burgers per se. I know its illegal to import Malaysian-processed meat products into Singapore. Someone did got charged before for importing a few kilos of the Ramly Burger patties which were originally made in Malaysia. So am I right to say that there’s a Singaporean factory making Ramly burger patties now?]


Singapore and Cows?

December 20, 2005

I just read this and I found it entirely hilarious!

Singapore Society Non-seditiously Explained Using Cows
Posted on 2005.12.18 at 21:30 by MollyMeek
Inspired by Shion’s link to Politics Explained, Molly attempts to explain Singapore society using cows:

1) You have two cows. You know you must be thankful to the gahmen for the fact that you have two cows. God knows how many people in third world countries don’t even have milk.

2) You have two cows. Your beloved leaders have 100 cows [each] and owe farms.

3) You have two cows. You want to sell milk, but you realize that your farm-owning leaders can offer more competitive prices than you.

4) You have two cows. If you don’t donate some milk to charities, people will say that you are selfish.

5) You have two cows. You make them do dangerous stunts for charity shows.

6) You have two cows. You have to pay for a license for owning cows so that you will be responsible in your cow-rearing business.

7) You have two cows. Your neighbor has three. You work extra hard so as not to lose out to your neighbor.

8) You have two cows. Dr. Chee says people need at least four to survive, so we need a minimum cow law.

9) You have two cows. The gahmen says these are assets you can sell when you need money. But you think: “Sell already, live on what?”

10) You have two cows. You need to sit for an exam in milking, so you refer to the ten-year-series for the best way to milk them.

11) You have two cows. It never come across your mind to rear other animals—until the gahmen says so.

12) You have two cows. One day, you sell them to a Western country because you found out they are lesbian and contradicted your conservative values.

13) You have two cows. If everyone in Singapore has two cows, we will have more cows than NZ.

14) You have two cows. You better pray hard that there is no cow disease spreading around. Otherwise, the gahmen will cow your cows and only pay you for two cows without considering the amount of milk they can make before they die.

15) You have two cows. Like your cows, you are looking for greener pastures.

16) You have two cows. Too bad they are not amongst the five ‘C’s. You are just a peasant.

17) You have two cows. Sometimes you’d rather be one of them.


Malays: A Minority at Risk?

November 13, 2005

I found this study by the University of Maryland which actually identifies the Malay community as a “Minority at Risk”! This university-based research project monitors and analyzes the status and conflicts of politically-active communal groups in all countries with a current population of at least 500,000. The project is designed to provide information in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of conflicts involving relevant groups.

Read more about the Malays being a Minority at Risk here. According to the study, the Malays have two of the four factors that increase the chances of future protest: significant political and cultural restrictions and the transitional nature of Singapore’s political system. What do they mean by “political and cultural restrictions”? And how does the “transitional nature of Singapore’s political system” cause Malays to be more prone towards rebellion and protest?

I personally feel that the word “transitional” itself is a stupid word because its so specifically vague that you never know whether you have even started the transition or whether you are at the end of it. Sorites Paradox (I learnt this in GP!) underlines such paradoxical arguments which arise as a result of the indeterminacy surrounding limits of application of the predicates involved (how many rice grains does it take to make a heap?).

But I digress. According to the study:

“The Malays face restrictions on the practice of their religion and the celebration of group holidays. They also remain disadvantaged in the economic arena in comparison to Singapore’s other ethnic groups. Group members are disproportionately represented as urban laborers and low-level service workers and they are the least likely to achieve higher education. Compounding these problems are significant drug usage by community members and their involvement in criminal activity. Public policies to further the Malays economic status have achieved some success. In the mid-1990s, it was reported that 38% of Malay families earned $3000 or more monthly in comparison to 23% in 1990. There are few Malays in high-level political or civil service positions and they are underrepresented in the armed forces. This political discrimination is the result of social exclusion by the politically and economically dominant Chinese.”

I shall ponder about this over my plate of lontong with ayam masak merah and sayur lodeh. Hehehe.