Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Myanmar to provide Singapore with sand and granite

The straits times 4 april 2007

Recently cargo ships full of sand and granite due for Singapore from indonesia were withdrawn , as the Indonesian government refused to provide Singapore with sand and granite, this put Singapore in a dilema. Being a country with no natural resources the only choice of obtaining such resources is to buy them from neighbouring countries willing to provide them .

Thankfully Myanmar stepped up to the play and is now trying out a long term basis of providing Singapore with both sand and granite, with this we will be able to continue construction on various key points in Singapore with were halted due to the withdrawal of sand and granite from Indonesia.

This would definitely further strenghten ties between Myanmar and Singapore , and also help to build inter country relationships between Singapore and Myanmar. As when the time comes when Myanmar requires assistance that Singapore is able to provide, Singapore will definitely try its best to assist.

Changes to improve elder shield proposed

The Straits Times 4 april 2007

Not long ago the government finally decided to improve the elder shield , this is a scheme that provides assistance to senior citizens by reducing their medical fees which normaly cost quite a large sum of money.

Now the government has proposed a more elaborate scheme that helps to further reduce medical costs for senior citizens.

I think that this is a very good move by the government , as it shows that the government is still very well in line with the citizens , and at the same time the government is still constantly trying to improve the living standards of its people.

As some of the elderly are less capable to pay for thwir medical expenses, the elder shield will be in place to "protect" them financially. Thus overall this is a smooth move by the government.

RI class of 64 relives good old days

The straits times 4 april 2007.

Why have i picked this article ? this is because down the road after we have all left our own schools and entered the busy world of jobs and bussineses will we ever still remember the times we had in our school ?
What the RI class of 64 have done is they compilled all their stories of their time as a rafflesian and squeezed them all into one book , the book titled "under the Banyan tree" contains memoires and events of the past rafflesians during their school days, adding their own history into the many libraries and archives tha6t we have.
i personally think that it is a very good idea to do such a thing and i would encourage others to do the same, as we would be able to relive our pasts times in school in the books that we write in the present ! and share these books with the world !

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Out-Classed by foreign students ?

The Strits Times 1st April 2007

Ri was beaten by UWC, Hwa Chong had the same fate. So are foreign students really out-classing our very own home grown students. I personally think this is not the case, its just that foreign speakers have a more natural edge on speaking as compared to us native speakers.
Nevertheless with abit of training and practice , i think that we will be able to win the debating competition.
Touching on the point that foreign students have better grades then local students. This at points of time are inevitable. Picture this, you are a foreign student who stays in Singapore, your parents are not with you neither anyone elso you know, your parents send you to a school and tell you to study. Compare that to a Singapore child, obviously the foreign child with 10 times more free time as compared to the Singapore chld would have so much more extra hours to study study study .
overall i feel that maybe , yes at this point of time foreign students may be better then Singaporeans in terms of language and results, but if we push on and work hard, we will without a doubt be better then te foreign students.

Super clubs for the Super rich

The straits times 1st April .

Ever dreamt of being able to drive cars like the Aston Martin DB9 coupe and the Lamborghini Murcielago and have private jets and yatchs at your fingertips ?
Well now a selected few in Singapore have that privilege. MillionaireAsia Private jet card is whats behind all these jaw dropping perks . It boasts of a fleet of super cars in various countries, luxury yatchs , high end exclusive holidays , and many other impossible feets such as getting a reservation at a perpetually full restaurant or getting tickets to a SOLD OUT concert .
The reason for the exclusive club coming to Singapore was that out of the 4 million people in singapore, 55000 or 1.48 percent of the singaporeans are millionaires, the highest percentage of millionaires in any country in Asia.
So the next time you become a millionaire make sure you get an invitation to this Super club

Bread + watery porridge + water = 250 calories ............................................. Which is all some maids get to eat a day.

The Straits Times April 1st 2007

I was apalled and disgusted when i came across this article, to think gthat SINGAPOREAN employers have been starving their maids was just a sight for soar eyes.
In the article it stated that everyday people reuire at Least 2100 calories a day adding up to a balanced diet. Living on 250 calories a day would virtually kill the person.
Why do Singaporeans resort to such inhuman acts ? are they so poor that they are unable to afford even a proper meal for their maids ? it is just wrong to hear that people have been treating maids in such a way, and on the other hand treat their dogs like kings. If thats the case people should just hire dogs to be their maids.
All in all i feel that we should give more respect to maids, although we pay them to work for us, they are 100% human exactly like us. What gives us the right to deprive someone else from food ?
So please 250 calories? you got to be kidding !