Sunday, August 24, 2008

2 boys found motionless at Bedok

Excerpt from Channelnewsasia:

" Police received a call at about 5.20am alerting them to the boys, both 16-years-old.

One of them was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other was sent to Changi General Hospital, but died later at about 8am.

16 years of age? What were those boys doing out so late? Was this some kind of gang fight or something? The news are pretty vague at present, but this incident is near to a couple of schools around the area. I hope the police found out what happened and step up the patrols there.

Click here to read more.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Michael Phelps wins his 8th Olympic Gold Medal

Definitely the man of Olympia. He has won the 8th gold medal, surpassing Mark Spitz record of 7 gold medals.

Congrats Phelps! It will be a long time before anyone can ever match your record.

Click here to read more about his 8th gold medal.

Here's more news about his win.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Usain bolts pass at 9.69 seconds!

What an amazing event. I think no one is able to reach his record for a very long time. To pass 9.70 seconds is almost impossible but Usain crossed that mark comfortably without any tail wind.

Heck, the second man, Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, crossed the line at 9.89 seconds. That's TWENTY seconds more!

Just how fast is Usain Bolt?
Too fast! You can actually see that he kinda slowed his stride slightly before reaching the line. I bet he can go even faster.

He is gunning to win the 200m in the upcoming event.

Usain Bolt is the first Jamaican to win this Olympic event.

Click here to read more about his amazing sprint for gold.

Michael Phelps in seven heaven

Yes, another gold for Phelps, and a record that matches Mark Spitz's record at Munich in 1972.

Just one more short of achieving his goal, he definitely will be ranked as one of the greatest olympian in the pool.

His next race is on Sunday, a 4x100m medley relay.

Click here to read more of his 7th straight gold in the Olympics.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Casio EX-F1 has a cool slow motion view

This camera just makes you go like Keanu Reeves in the Matrix saying "Wooooah.....". With it's ability to catch still shots at 60fps, you can capture those moments in several motions in a second. What it means you can create slow motion shots. I think some of you guys are begining to realise the potential of this camera.

It records in HD video. And you can record your videos in 1200fps. Imagine if you have this camera for the olympics or better yet for the coming Youth Olympics here. Although it seems a a little grainy looking on the playback but I think we going to see a lot of better versions of this in the time to come.

A little low on its resolution, only 6 megapixel, but it's unique features makes it up for it plus it has a 12x zoom.

Apart from it's interesting features, the camera looks light and compact, great camera to bring along on your vacation trips.

Click here to read more about the Casio EX-F1.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bernie Mac dies at the age of 50

Bernie Mac (Bernard Jeffrey McCullough) dies from pneumonia at a Chicago hospital. He was famous for his comedic acts. Most notably from his Bernie Mac show and the Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen.

Click here to read more.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Li Jiawei holds the RESPONSIBILITY as the flag-bearer to NOT let the flag touch the ground

I can't but feel disgusted at what Li Jiawei did, whether it was intentional or not. Anyone who holds the country's flag has to hold it up right and not let it touch the floor. It is a sign of disrespect to let it touch the ground.

Even if carrying the flag is heavy, (which I doubt it is since everyone else was carrying their own flags with pride and she was waving her hand while holding it), she should at least try to keep it off the ground. You do not necessarily need to wave the flag, just KEEP IT OFF THE GROUND. And seeing her dragging it, I mean literally dragging it across the ground, I feel like screaming at her. OMG! I didn't see her realising it or even try to keep it off the ground during the entrance walk.

Yes, I saw her waving her hand, even if you want to wave, watch the FLAG! Make sure it is not touching the ground! I would prefer her waving the flag than doing that.

I don't know if she was so happy to be in China or seeing so many of her Chinese people there, but she forgets one important thing of all. Her RESPONSIBILITY as the flag-bearer.

I mean like in a battlefield. You can watch in the movies, how important the flag is. It is also a symbol of strength, even when they are shot or missing a limb, the soldier still holds it up as high as he can before the next soldier comes in to hold it up after him.

If she can't hold it up right, let someone else do it. I am not sure if she volunteered or someone picked her as the flag-bearer. But anyone, who is responsible for raising or carrying the flag has to be briefed at the rules and how the flag should be carried/raised.


Respect for Flag

9.—(1) No person shall treat the Flag with disrespect.

(2) No person in possession of the Flag shall allow or cause the
Flag to touch the floor or ground, even when lowering the Flag from
a staff or flagpole.

(3) The Flag shall not be —
(a) used in any trademark or for any commercial purpose;
(b) used as a means, or for the purposes, of advertisement;
(c) used as, or as part of, any furnishings, decoration, covering
or receptacle;
(d) displayed or used at any private funeral activity; or
(e) incorporated or worn as part of any costume or attire.
(4) No person shall produce or display any flag which bears any
graphics or word superimposed on the design of the Flag.
(5) Paragraph (4) shall not apply to the production by or on behalf
of, or the display by, any Government department of its flag.

Of our National Day and the passing of my great-grandma

43 years on, and Singapore still lives on as a independent state. We can't forget those who have sacrificed a lot to make our country what it is today.

2 days ago, I received news from my sis that my great-grandma has passed away. Hjh Marfu'ah Binte Hj. Arshad, at the age of 92, passed away in her home. She was the headmaster of 'Sekolah Melayu Kampong Glam' in Arab Street. She was buried yesterday morning at Pusara Abadi.

We love you and miss you great-grandma.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Yawning is contagious among people....... and dogs too

Yes, there is proof that dogs yawn when you yawn. Try it out on your dog or if you dare, come up towards a K9 dog and yawn in front of it. Just make sure you don't have any illegal items hidden under your clothing.

Click here to see the evidence.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Singapore has fewer policemen per 100,000 people but lower crime rate than some cities

News excerpt (Channelnewsasia):

"SINGAPORE: Cities like Hong Kong and New York have more police officers per 100,000 people of its population compared to Singapore.

Yet the Republic fared better when it comes to keeping crime rate down last year, said Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng at a community event.

And that's because Singaporeans have played their part to deter criminals."

Click here to read more.

Such a positive report. For one thing, we don't have much riots or people going on strike. Such things are illegal. So, again, the govt of Singapore are lucky that Singaporeans are a harmonious lot.

But let's get back to the facts here. The way I see it, Singapore's police force is under-staffed and we have had a high jump in population over the past years. The amount of foreigners have increased, surpassing a million. We have a lot of events going on every year, with the National Day coming in a few days time, with quite a considerable amount of security being deployed. Not to mention the armed forces marching during the parade and also those helping out with the National Day event.

I remember reading about how our policemen and women are working over time. I even heard of a friend's friend who couldn't get leave for his engagement this year. Rumours or not, this problem has to addressed. With the upcoming IR in the works, I wonder if we have enough police to patrol our streets.