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Pic Post Updated As At 28/8/07

In General News on August 28, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Picpost is updated, check it out!

 

Nothing else but BMW.

 

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40 Fun Facts About Singapore

In Daily Life, facts, flag joaquim, flying, fountain, fox, fun, guineness, in, largest, lee, lim, majulah, merlion, national, night, record, safari, singapore, singapura, singlish, suntec, tan, the, world on August 28, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Taken from: Uniquely Singapore.

Learn some fun facts about Singapore! Did you know…

  1. Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  2. Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometres. The USA is about 15,000 times bigger.
  3. Apart from Monaco, Singapore is the most densely populated country in the world, with 6,430 people per square kilometre.
  4. Singapore became the 117th member of the United Nations on 21 September 1965.
  5. Symbolism of the National Flag: Red symbolises universal brotherhood and equality of man while white signifies purity and virtue. The crescent moon represents a young nation on the rise and the five stars signify the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
  6. The national flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim, was first discovered in 1893 by Agnes Joaquim, an Armenian. The orchid is a natural hybrid between V. teres and V. hookeriana.
  7. The Merlion, a half-fish, half-lion beast, is a fitting symbol of Singapore. The “Singa” or lion represents the animal that a Sumatran prince saw which resembled a lion, and the fish is a tribute to Singapore’s history as “Temasek”, the ancient sea town.
  8. Singlish, a Singaporean patois mixing English with the odd phrase of Chinese, Malay and even Tamil, has two entries – lah and sinseh – in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  9. Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem ‘Majulah Singapura‘ is actually sung in Malay.
  10. The flying fox, the world’s largest bat with a wingspan of up to 1.5 metres, can be found on Pulau Ubin, one of the islands off mainland Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore’s July manufacturing output up 21.6% year-on-year

In News Articles on August 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Singapore’s July manufacturing output up 21.6% year-on-year

By Tung Shing Yi, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 24 August 2007 2138 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s factory output rose by 25 percent in July, compared to the previous month, on the strength of higher biomedical manufacturing output – the sharpest rise in almost three years.

Propelled mostly by an 83 percent jump in pharmaceutical output, the biomedical manufacturing cluster grew 78 percent in July from a year ago.

That was enough to send overall manufacturing output jumping by 21.6 percent on-year.

Economists, though, are warning that the huge jump in the volatile pharmaceutical sector should be regarded as an exception, rather than the norm.

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Conservation VS Demolition

In Daily Life, debate, demolition, singapore on August 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Who wins?

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=(= =|= :): >:< D=D

In Miscellaneous on August 23, 2007 at 10:44 pm

Smilies

They can change the meaning of a sentence.

Without them, they can be quite misleading if you’d ask me.

Let’s just say you’d love to invite someone out for dinner on msn.

You: Shall we have dinner at Long John?

Him/her: Ok.

Doesn’t sound very excited eh? Sounds like he/she’s very reluctant or doesn’t really feel like going dinner with you. However, just adding a small 🙂 behind does make a big difference, at least it won’t get you thinking.

Given that people communicate digitally via MSN and Smses, the emotions of both party is sort of”hidden”behind those words. One might be excited but it is impossible to tell just through the written message. I know, you guys will think of words like “haha“, “lol” or “rofl” etc. But these words can’t convey the message well. “Ha Ha” sounds a bit sacarstic and “Lol” sounds quite..err, fake.

So, guys, use smilies! 🙂

You’re my new addiction.

In Daily Life, economics, lame msn personal messages, msn, the simpsons on August 22, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Sounds familiar?

It’s just all those old and lame personal messages you see on msn.

What’s so great about typing stuff like this on msn, like anyone cares?

Shall talk about MSN soon enough.

Today’s topic is…

THE SIMPSONS.

I am totally caught by surprise after watching The Simpsons movie. Totally hilarious, jokes are smartly conveyed and the irony of some parts, best cartoon I’ve ever watched. And now? I’m addicted to their TV Series. Econs test is tomorrow and I’m still watching episodes of season 1.

Regarding the test, I guess I’ll chiong tonight for the very last time, then it’s HOLIDAY!

Can’t wait for it seriously!

Anyway, check out the small video clip below, great as hell, it’s from The Simpsons movie.

The clutch is mine.

In Daily Life on August 22, 2007 at 2:05 am

Indeed, I’ve mastered the clutch already, thanks to my driving instructor I had today, but sadly, I can’t fix that instructor for all my other lessons as he only teaches auto. Other than that, I’ve encountered something very weird today.

Actually, I had an instructor I don’t really like, he sort of shot me with many things like this is wrong that is wrong and got all my co-ordination all wrong. However, he pointed out all my mistakes, my steering procedure and me not checking blind spots. The worst part was when he brought me to a slope to practice starting off on a slope, I wasn’t familiar with the biting point of the car, so I assumed I had hit the boiling point hence, released the brake. My car rolled down a little, he was frustrated, it went on for a few times and he sort of couldn’t take it and blow a few words at me. And this I hated him.

So this evening, I sort of hope not to be assigned car no. 20 again, whom was assigned to the instructor I had previously mentioned. It came true, another instructor took over. He was great, taught me a thing or two. So, I drove around the circuit normally. Then, I saw an ambulance. The instructor thought it was some student being involved in an accident. I thought so as well. So, The instructor told me he will only be here for a few minutes, another instructor will take over him.

The new instructor came, and he was a great instructor as well. While being stationary at the fuel station, I asked him what had happened to the instructor I had yesterday. He told me he was sent to the hospital due to some heart problems. I was totally stunned. I couldn’t believe it. It was so coincidental.

At the end of today’s lesson, I feel damn guilty. Today’s performance was partly due to his effort. I steer correctly due to his reminders and move off on a slope due to his constant scoldings.

Lets hope he gets well soon, I won’t feel so good if anything serious happens to him.

It’s just too coincident. Life’s so unpredictable.

Driving

In Daily Life on August 16, 2007 at 4:53 pm

It’s not easy

Nor is it difficult.

It’s just, GREAT.

However, I just hate the clutch. Where you will have to depress it whenever you want to move off, brake and change gear. I am not so used to the clutch yet, however, I believe I will, anyway it’s just the second lesson.

My instructors are okay so far, kinda friendly, but a little bit irritated whenever I do something wrong after they stress it many times, yes, again, the bloody clutch.

Seriously, I can’t wait to try auto transmission cars, it’s just the pedal, the foot brake and you. I would have gotten Auto if not for the higher amount of time you have to wait to practice the cars.

Oh well, today’s the third lesson, another 20-21 lessons to go before the test.

Wish me luck!

First car I’ve ever driven!

First car

Is it really neccessary, for now?

In Daily Life on August 14, 2007 at 9:46 am

Nokia N93, with DVD-like video capturing is one of the clearest in the world, coupled with a huge LCD screen and Carl Zeiss,it ensures high quality images.

Sounds skeptical.

And wow, it sure look stylish with its turning mechanism! Hell no. The turning mechanism is filled with dust inside, and feeling damn loose already. I was told by the salesman that it won’t turn loose at all, but it has only been at least err, 9 months? Nice quality control, Nokia!

Going on to the software side, the N93’s processor is like a bloody snail trying to cross across an expressway. It just won’t move. Install a few applications and symptoms of old age started to appear. You can’t set full screen wallpapers without changing the whole theme. Ringtones get corrupted after changing the memory card for a few minutes. The worst thing is, you can only take BLACK and WHITE pictures at night, a bloody firmware error, which was known to Nokia since April and still unable to fix it. Turning the screen horizontally takes 2-3 secs to start the camera, by then, a good photographic opportunity is gone.

Just disappointment. I thought Nokia would change after 1-2 years, it didn’t, it became worst!

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The first dinner.

In Daily Life on August 13, 2007 at 11:47 pm

Weird title eh?

Actually, it’s just the first dinner with my classmates. Well, we were hungry just after the damn POA test, so we thought, why not? We went to pasta mania to have some pastas, pizzas for me.

We indeed had a great time there, we went to walk a while then went home..

Besides that, I am actually starting to LEARN DRIVING tomorrow! Yep, first practical lesson, first time I am having my hands on the wheel. I wonder will driving be easy as it looks.

And also, I’m starting to get addicted to flickr, there’s just such a great community down there, maybe you guys should try creating an account there and see how it goes..