Archive for April, 2011


Let’s put this into perspective. Singapore rush hour MRT:   Japan Rush Hour Train:   Hong Kong Rush Hour MTR:   Singapore Public Housing:   Japan Public Housing:   Hong Kong Public Housing:   Photo Credits:

Be A Responsible Voter

I understand that different people will have different beliefs and will therefore vote for different parties.  What upsets me is when people tell me things like they want to vote for the opposition ‘cos of “gut feel”.  When asked what don’t they like about the incumbent, they say they don’t know, have not read up, […]

Dear Glenda

Glenda Han (WP candidate in East Coast GRC) said, "Government grants for small and medium-sized enterprises should not be available only for areas where the Government wants to grow." I really want to ask her which grant she’s referring to. There are 3 govt schemes in place to help SMEs & NONE have any industry […]

Read with interest the latest saga over Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) candidate, Vincent Wijeysinga, and how he was touted at a gay forum to be a potential “first gay MP” rallying for more rights for homosexuals.  The People’s Action Party (PAP) asked SDP to clarify its position on the matter and SDP came out to […]

I had a really interesting discussion over Facebook’s private messages with a friend who supports the Opposition.  Some of the points she brought up… and my view of these points: 1. Ministers’ Salaries Her point: One sign of PAP’s corruption is that they pay themselves the highest salaries in the world, and they do it […]


Spent the last 3 days reading an information memorandum on an infrastructure project in Ghana.  Also did a bit of reading online about Ghana and I must say my opinion of Ghana has improved from all my reading.  To me, Ghana is so far away from Singapore that I can scarcely imagine what life is […]

Singapore Elections 2011

Someone told me that when Margaret Thatcher visited Singapore, she made a comment that she & Lee Kuan Yew were similar in the way they ruled a country, however, LKY was more fortunate because he had many more years to roll out his policies.  I am unable to verify the authenticity of that comment, though, […]

Insurance Agents

I’ve generally had a healthy distrust of insurance agents.  I think my annoyance started when I received numerous cold calls from agents wanting to sell me insurance.  Come on.  Life insurance is essentially a “BCP” (Business Continuity Plan) for an individual.  You get injured, sick, etc, and you bank on the insurance policy to keep […]


It’s been more than a month since the Tohoku earthquake & tsunami devastated Japan.  The nuclear plants are still damaged and no one knows the totality of the damage.  I’ve thought about this a few times but am still unable to understand why on earth did Japan choose to use nuclear power.  Japan has huge […]

All good things must come to an end.  Had farewell drinks with a colleague just now.  She’s been with the company 15 years and will now be moving to our competitor.  It wasn’t a big group… just 9 of us… but it was a good time of laughter & idle chatter.  During the first 2 […]

April 2011