March 15, 2006
Respect and Common Sense – Why Some People Don’t Have It When Dealing With Hired Domestic Help, I Never Know
Maids falling to their deaths... Being tortured… The irony of it all is that despite precedents reported in the news, the cases still reoccur - same scenarios, same consequences, just with different names. I question why our society still hasn’t evolved into one whereby people show respect to fellow human beings, regardless of race, language, religion, education level or occupation. Is it just the Singapore society??
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Very good insight on how Singaporeans treat their maids as if they are not fellow human beings, and how they do things to maids that they wouldn't want to happen to themselves or their family."
March 05, 2006
Hang Yong said:
What happened was that every patron to the Koufu Food court was queuing up for their drinks, until a group of RC members came along, cut the queue, to buy coffee, or tea, or whatever. Look... there is a freaking long queue, and I have been waiting for the last 5-10mins for my turn! And the best you could do is to cut the queue?
Surprised that no one actually said anything to the RC members, I spoke my mind. "RC no need to line up ah?"
Recommended by nickpan: "Typical Singaporeans will just take things as it comes, sometimes even when its wrong, no one stands up to say anything. Hang Yong actually told off those RC members "RC no need to line up ah?", when they cut queue, which i think is the right thing to do."
March 02, 2006
Just the other day, I was on an outing with two such friends, when upon my arrival, I was immediately posed the above question. None of your usual "Hello, how's things?" just wham, "Out with it, so what's your blog address?"
Recommended by Tym: "A review of the local blogging scene in The Substation Magazine."
March 02, 2006
February 27, 2006
When the protestors heard the “live” report, they started to lynch the ITV reporters at the stadium. Smartbrain added police escorts were needed to bring the ITV reporters out of the stadium.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Singapore-based "themediaslut" is currently photoblogging the protests that are going on in Bangkok right now in real-time. I've not seen this on the CNA website and it's really a cool showcase of inter-country blogging by a few bloggers just kicking the ass out of old media."
February 09, 2006
The NUS Students' Arts and Social Sciences Club has released judging guidelines for its NUS Blogfest 2006 competition. One of the guidelines is as follows:
WTF. It is surprising that the judges in this BlogFest panel find the F-word acceptable. “Who doesn’t use the F-word? If there is someone who has not once used foul language in his or her life, then that person is probably an angel that only exists in Heaven,” said one of the judges. So, do not worry about obscenities or abstain from using the F word.
January 17, 2006
Crap and Such discussed the worst kind of blog readers.
Blogs must have some kind of appeal right? But have you ever wondered what kind of blog reader you are? Are people out there really annoyed at you? Fear not! I shall highlight the top 5 less desirable kinds of blog reader! Just make sure you don’t fall into any of these categories and you shall be able to enjoy reading blogs with little fear of being flamed!
January 01, 2006
December 23, 2005
Good to see that you are warming up.
Remember that you have to publish 5 comments per person. You views and arguments should be substantiated as a paragraph (50 words).
Aim: To consolidate our research and arguments for PROJ 2 as preparation for the assessment in weeks 13 & 14.
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!
Recommended by Mr Miyagi: "Some schoolteacher uses a blogspot blog to set an assignment. Check out the fabulous cookie-cutter posts."
Update: Madam Palam's other students' blogs:
At one of them, you'll find this juicy excerpt:
some people are just avioding gays as if the have disease such as sars or bird flu. people don't dare to go near them fearing that they might turn into gays like them somedays. the fact is that they don't contain disease, it's just their behaviour that is not tally to their physical sex.
Take that, Balaji!
December 13, 2005
1. sTicKyCaPs. I HaVe No IdEa wHy ThEy LoVe tO wRiTe lIke ThIs, sO IrRiTaTiNg lOrX, I dUn eVeN kNoW WhAt tHe hElL ThEy aRe wRitEiNg aBoUt, aNd tHeY aRe So pROuD Of It lOlx ~
2. Are kids today having grammar problems? Or did teachers teach them to write extra letters? For example: todaee horr, thatt teaacherr verii thee cb lehh.. keepp piickiing on miie iin class.. ii dunn liike herr faccee lorr… Or are they blind or what? Can’t see that I there, so there’s a need to add an extra I? If you really can’t see, please go and get yourself a pair of spectacles in case if there’s this need of adding more extra letters in words in the future!
3. After grammar, comes the vocabulary problem. Can’t they just spell properly? Their you = euu, is = ishhh, blog = bloggie, cool = kewl, me = moii or meii, etc. If they really want to be inventors pleases invent some extraordinary words that are not being found in any dictionary instead of just changing their spelling! No wonder our English standard is dropping, hAiX~
Recommended by GeckoZ: "interesting to see a list of how irritating bloggers abuse their blog and the bloggosphere, although, it's their "own blog" afterall."
December 12, 2005
Anonymous Judge said:
Blog Most Likely to Set Itself on Fire
Blogger Least Likely to Win a Celebrity Contest
Blog Run By Person Most Likely To Be (or have been) An Actual Whore
Blog That Uses Spell-Check Least
Blog that shortens your life the fastest
Best Teenager Blog Not Written By An Adult
Least Navigable Blog
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "will to power!"
December 12, 2005
9 Lives Blog said:
Never work with children or animals. That's pretty much a golden rule in the industry, and tonight we learned why. We were joined on set by Momo, a quiet little Schnauzer puppy.
Recommended by Mr Miyagi: "Actor Brendon Fernandez blogs the day to day shoots of this series, scheduled for transmission in Feb 2006. Caution: Got big phrases like 'altruistic objectivity', but it's ok, they're serious actors, not bloggers."
December 12, 2005
It seems that Republic Poly has jumped up the blogging bandwagon and it's looking pretty good.
The students are in charge of it and everyone is welcomed to comment.
Recommended by zhi yang: "cause i'm also curious about the school's editorial process. does the blog admin decides what goes on the school blog or is it up to the students' judgement? (whether it is appropriate) "
December 10, 2005
I will never be nominated because 1) I am not a hottie, 2) I have no cute baby photos, 3) I don't have gift for the gab. What I do have is my thoughts on the rest of us who aren't popular enough for the Weblog Awards. Consider this a "feel-good" movie for the average Joe...
December 07, 2005
Sydney Morning Herald said:
Many local bloggers are unaware that they may be liable for everything they write on their sites, not to mention all of the colourful comments made by contributors.
Our new sedition laws will make this worse.
Blogs fall under the same defamation and other laws that regulate all media organisations in the country.
Recommended by Mr Miyagi: "The pinch is felt globally?"
December 06, 2005
am sick and tired of the shit that bloggers has been taking from the media. Especially the part where bloggers are self-serving; the fact that we write more about our personal stuff and that we are so unlike American bloggers whose blogs are dedicated to dissecting the government, its policies and the politicians...
And the media, how socially-inclined are you? Did you report everything? Or are you really only reporting the 'safe' stuff? Did some of the parts or even the whole story ever end up on the editing floor? And can I ask you to be more like the media from the US or Europe?!
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Bloggers have been getting a lot of lashing from the newspapers. This one blog wrote about how she hates it and won't take it sitting down."
November 30, 2005
Jerk Magnet said:
My company had already issued a warning becoz this blogging business is going out of hand. For those who faithfully read my entries, I dare say that never once have I painted a negative image of my company. But alas, some out there decides to bite the hand that feeds them, bitching about the very same people who puts food on their table, n thus, I am no longer allowed to carry on with something I throughly enjoy.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Another blogger closes her blog. "
November 24, 2005
James Seng recently asked why the Singapore blogosphere seemed to have predominant influence over Technorati. Finding it interesting, I digged deeper:
James' observation stemmed from how issues in the local blogosphere, such as the “Sarong Party Girl” issue in June and and “NKF incident” in July, made it as the most searched keywords on Technorati. Currently, the top 10 searches on Technorati includes “Daphne Teo” (#2) and “Dawn Yang” (#7), both of which are talk of the online town.
My initial impression is that the social structure of Singapore has strategic qualities which lend itself well to Media Literacy (See Wikipedia: Media Literacy). Where “Information Literacy” referred to the ability to find, comprehend (linguistically) and consume information for use, the term “Media Literacy” refers to the ability to produce, create and successfully communicate information in its various forms. This runs parallel with the produser philosophy and the new traditions highlighted in Tim O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 model...
If you are tickled by this kind of thing, have a look at the rest of the article here.
November 21, 2005
Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office.
The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers.
November 11, 2005
I’ve set up a Frappr group just for us Singaporean bloggers living in the United States. With this, we could visit Singaporeans in our travels, organize blogger meetups or simply to keep track of how everyone’s doing in case of emergencies!