April 09, 2008
Bing De said:
There was a strong feeling of wanting to remove Singaporean students from the hostels, to accomodate all the IS. Yes, IS are poor things, far from the comfort of their families. However, we locals are already suffering so much to accomodate you guys!
2-year protection. Tuition grant for everyone. Fully-paid scholarship with no bond (funded by our income tax, GST and ERP), just work in Singapore for 3 years. Less hostel rooms for locals. NOT TO MENTION, THE NEGATIVE EXTERNALITIES WHEN U TALK AROUND LOUDLY AND DIRTY OUR HOSTELS' TOILETS WITH YOUR THIRD-WORLD HYGIENE HABITS.
Singapore is already becoming a place by the foreigners, of the foreigners, and for the foreigners. What else you want? First, chase us out of OUR hostel to let YOU stay. Second, speak in your accent so you can understand us? Third, clean our toilets so YOU can dirty them?
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "do all singaporeans think this way? "
March 12, 2008
This pair of twin sisters by the way, are the latest artistes to be rolled out by Ocean Butterflies International (ob-i), founded by famous local musician, Billy Koh (许环良). ob-i is also the recording company that successfully made JJ Lin (林俊杰) the big star he is now, in case you don’t know.
The twins were talent-spotted by ob-i from its music school when they were 13 years-old. Marked for stardom, they were sent to Taipei, Tokyo and Beijing for grooming for 6 months since June 2007, last year.
After taking time to read through their older blog entries today, I finally realised what was wrong - ob-i made the girls dropped out of secondary school to pursue a music career with them.
You can read what the girls have to say about this in their own words on their blog:
"We need to hand in our application to drop out of school to our form teacher today. However, ob-i requested us to keep the reason for dropping out a secret. Hence we were very frightened. We were worried our teacher will ask too many questions. We went to approach our teacher after school with a group of friends. We lied that we were dropping out in order to purse our studies overseas. With the help of our friends, our teacher did not discover we were lying."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Recording company can like that one meh? Make 15 years-old girls quit school, lie to their teacher to pursue a singing career?"
November 25, 2007
Global Voices said:
“Very interesting. Some Australians have managed to find a way to make pork halal for Muslims. Really great job; given that pork is one of the ultimate non-halal items on earth. Kind of makes you wonder how halal the other labeled stuff is…” he writes.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "The prankster who mislabelled the NTUC pork with a "halal" sticker made the international blogger scene. Even funnier, Middle Easterners don't know the Singapore connection, and think it's just Australians being ignorant. Links in the entry worth checking out. "
March 31, 2007
The sixth annual Global Information Technology Report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva compares 122 countries on dozens of criteria, from Internet penetration to educational attainment to availability of venture capital. Of the top 10 countries in the 2006 survey, eight are in Northern Europe and half are Nordic. Singapore and the U.S. round out the list...
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Singapore was ranked 3 last year, and 2 in 2005."
April 26, 2005
Singapore and India will wrap up talks on an enlarged free-trade pact within a month, Singapore's Prime Minister was quoted as saying on Monday, after a sharp increase of trade and investment flows in the past year.
[jseng: not sure if it is reported in ST but can't link it anyway so bopian, link to IndiaDaily instead.]
[caleb: I don't even remember what the ST look like anymore. It's made itself irrelevant]