Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How the McDonald’s Hello Kitty Soft Toys showed me that the service of McDonald’s Singapore restaurants has dropped and How McDonalds Singapore can learn from the Changi Airport Group

McDonald’s Singapore has once again, after a hiatus of 12 years, launched the Hello Kitty soft toys collection. I still recalled 12 years ago, when the soft toys were launched, they attracted large numbers of people queuing at the McDonald’s outlets, many overnight. 12 years on, the soft toys did not cause maddening crowds as the current versions were “not as nice” as their predecessors. This fact however did not deter me from wanting to own this new collection of the 4 Hello Kitty soft toys.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

3rd batch of online sex scandal and ex-SCDF & ex-CNB corruption case to be heard soon?

With the Hougang by-election culminating in the win of the Workers' Party, I believe the third batch of men will be charged in the high-profile online sex scandal which featured some prominent high-flying civil servants. Also, the sentencing of some of the perpetuators in the first two batches including the famous activist, Howard Shaw may be known soon.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hougang by-election polling on the way

Hougang by-election's polling is currently on the way. With no permits of assembly centres being issued, I think this by-election will be a quiet event. Singaporeans can only turn to Channel NewsAsia at 9pm to catch some of the action and excitement of this important by-election.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

All your car needs

Good news to all car owners! There is a great website Fahrzeugbewertung for you! If you are looking into selling your car, with this website, you can now know the optimum market price that your car can fetch. Or, if you are looking into buying another car, with Fahrzeugbewertung, you can also determine the current market price of the car you want so that you will not end up paying too much!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Png Eng Huat is the Best Man for Hougang

After listening to the rallies by PAP and WP these days and having witnessed the development of Singapore in recent years, Singapore Short Stories believe the Best Man to bring Hougang forward will be the affable, industrious, humble and kind Png Eng Huat.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A trip to the Barber: a lesson of Singapore’s policies

As I entered into a modern barber shop recently, which belongs to a barber chain; I was shocked to see that a Chinese man is actually a foreign talent from China when he spoke with his accent. This is the first time -and I believe it will not be my last time- that I will be served by a foreign talent.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

We have now Ferraris on our roads, and now we have segways on our walkways!

While jogging two days ago and passing by a private estate, I was surprised to see a middle-aged man transversing the jogging path in a segway! For those who are not too sure of what a segway is, you can google for the term.

How can a segway be used on our walkways like a bicycle? So far, I know that segways are deployed in Changi Airport and Sentosa and in my belief, these fast speed devices should be used commercially in commercial buildings, are they allowed on our common walkways?

Why I prefer to stay at home during weekends

I prefer to stay at home these recent weeks during weekends due to the very fact that I do not like to jostle with the thousands of shoppers in the shopping centres and commuters of the MRT trains and buses. Singapore's policy of opening our gates to thousands and thousands of "foreign talents" have really make everywhere in Singapore including the buses and MRT trains very very crowded. Hence I always wonder how can Singapore be one of the most liveable cities in Asia?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What Singapore can learn from Europe by Professor Tommy Koh

I read the enlighting article titled "What Singapore can learn from Europe"by Professor Tommy Koh in the Straits Times today and I believe Professor Tommy could not be more right!

Our country has always emphasized increasing productivity to justify higher wages but as what Professor Koh has rightly pointed out, it is hard to see how a cleaner can be more productive; I feel too that there is a limit on productivity which means a cap on a salary given to a particular employee of a certain trade.

Friday, May 18, 2012

At Last it is Friday

I have not been blogging too regularly these days as I have been quite busy; however I am really very glad that it is now Friday and there are two days of personal time for me to do my own things.

Have a Good Weekend!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bugis Ferrari Crash

I was shocked and saddened to read that 2 innocent lives and families have been destroyed as a result of a Ferrari driven by Foreign Talent Ma Chi crashing into a taxi. Such race cars should not be allowed on Singapore's public roads. Race carslike the Ferrari driven by Ma Chi are meant to be driven at high speeds as they are afterall race cars.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd driving tons and tons of traffic!

I was at Old airport hawker centre yesterday's afternoon to buy 10 packets of Lao Ban Soya Beancurd. The queue were so long and an old uncle kept unloading cartons and cartons of the soya beancurd.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Why our Education System needs to be improved?

Recently there has been much debate over the increasing need of tuition to be deemed compulsory by parents for their kids from as young as Primary 1. There has also been letters to the press that the tuition centres here are outdoing one another by coming out with extra-difficult questions for the students. In this regards, I think our education system has failed. We should not train students to solve the most difficult problems; we should train our students to ask the most difficult questions.

Singapore is Weather-sensitive

These few days, I have not been feeling well. I am one of the thousands of Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Foreign Talents here who have not been feeling well these days. There has been a clear uptrend of people getting sick these few weeks and the reason is simple: our changing weather.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Lionel Yeo, Janet Koh's husband become appointed STB CEO

Lionel Yeo, NMP Janet Koh's husband has been appointed CEO of Singapore Tourism Board.

Lionel Yeo is just one of the several husbands of female members-of-parliament who are top civil servants:

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Singapore General Election 2011: a year on

Exactly a year ago, Singaporeans experienced a watershed General Election on 6 May 11 which changed the political landscape ever since till to date. I still recalled watching the live telecast of the General Election coverage till 5 am the next day.

Bulky Items along HDB common corridors

Mr Khaw, Minister for National Development has urged all flat owners to ensure they do not clutter their common corridors with bulky items which are fire hazards. Mr Khaw made this point after a fire has blazed 20 flats in Marsiling.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Singapore’s population debate

I followed the recent Singapore’s population debate by policymakers, research fellows and academicians with interest. I quite like what ex-NMP Paulin Straughan said about the high stress level among Singapore’s parents and I support her proposal to scrap away the Primary School Leaving Examination which is causing much stress in parents and unnecessary competition among our young students.

Green Man plus

LTA's recent implementation of "Green Man plus" is a good move for the "green man time" to be extended for senior citizens. I find that our escalators are also moving very fast, perhaps there will be a similar initiative for Singapore's escalator to benefit our senior citizens.

Chin Swee Road old building to follow Rochor Canal path?

As I walked along the block of old flats and shophouses at Chin Swee Road, I thought to myself that in our country where old buildings and shop houses with great memory like Rochor Canal have to give way to build more roads for an increasing population, I think these great old buildings at Chin Swee Road may been torn down soon, like Rochor Canal Road's flats.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A service experience I experience too

If you have read my blog post, you would have read about how many times I need to resort to speaking a particular language that the foreign talent service staff can understand in order for them to serve me. I also said in my post that as a result, I become the service provider too to the supposedly-real service provider. This article echoed my almost-daily encounter with the Foreign Talent service staff Singapore has brought in by the tens of thousands.

Why the need for 2 NTUC Presidents: Diana Chia and John De Payva and the salaries of NTUC Presidents and office holders?

Diana Chia is the new NTUC President succeeding John. However John De Payva still holds the portfolio of President Emeritus of NTUC. John De Payva – as I have read- is also tasked with representing NTUC on the international conferences and meetings.

My question is why is there a need for President Emeritus of NTUC? Is the current President Diana Chia not suitable to represent NTUC on the international front?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Istana tour

I went to Istana in the afternoon today with my family on Istana's Open House this Labour Day. It is a great outing. Istana is really an excellent place and I love its clean healthy breath of fresh air of flora.

Buy Hello Kitty

If you want to Buy Hello Kitty, you can visit this link.

Labour Day

Today is Labour Day, a day which I can spend some time at home resting. I woke up at about 10 am today which is quite late according to my waking-up-standards.

Many of my colleagues and I think a lot of working people in Singapore would have taken long leaves in line with Labour Day Public Holiday and Vesak Day off-in-lieu for a breather in overseas countries.

I still recall when I was serving in the Army during National Service, I spent all my Labour Days doing Guard Duty. Life during National Service was terrible as the officers and sergeants were not good commanders. But at the very least, some years ago, Labour Day was the day when I took my girlfriend then (now my wife) to our first ever outing to Pasir Ris Beach.

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