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Wishing you a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year

January 23, 2009

If you have sent your Chinese New Year greetings to your friends and loved ones, it still not too late. Just a few clicks below will see your greetings through. Wishing all readers and fellow bloggers abundant blessings of health and happiness in the Year of the Ox. Happy Chinese Lunar New Year.


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Roundup 2008 in Yesterday…Today…Tomorrow

December 31, 2008

It has been an eventful year in 2008. Perhaps not really that eventful on this blogsite but you may just like to know what were the posts that caught the readers’ attention. Here’s a roundup for 2008.

Top Posts
1. E!hub @ Downtown East (2,881 views).
2. Ghost in Raffles Place lift? Real or Fake? (1,583 views).
3. (1,291 views).
4.
Cathay Cinema and its surroundings – a walk back in time (638 views).
5. Just who is Mas Selamat Kastari? (620 views).
6. F1 Pit-Stop Crew – 7 seconds (600 views).
7. What does these POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO means? (551 views).
8. 13 Days in Hell (518 views).

Most Active
1. MPH.
2. Memories @ Old Ford Factory.
3. “Prince” Naseem Hamed vs Marco Antonio Barrera.
4. What does these POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO means?.
5. School days at SJI (now SAM) from 1977-1980.

Wishing all readers a Happy New Year for 2009.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 23, 2008

It is the time of the year again. With Christmas just round the corner, shoppers throng the malls to complete their last minute shopping. As we frantically prepare the Christmas gifts and goodies beneath the Christmas tree, let us not forget to share the meaning of Christmas with those around, especially to those whom we have not said “Hi…how have you been?” for a long time. Sending Christmas cards via snail mail may have dropped in popularity. However, a few simple clicks on your keyboard will have your favourite Christmas card ready in a jiffy. Spent a few moments to create your special e-Christmas card for your friends and loved ones. Wishing all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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“Home” sung by Kit Chan

July 25, 2008

One of the many songs sung by Kit Chan. Sharing the memories you have, for Singaporeans as well as those who are residing beyond our shores.

Music & Lyrics: Dick Lee

Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There’s a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

Chorus:
This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won’t be alone, for this is where I know it’s home

When there are troubles to go through
We’ll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home’s about its people too
So we’ll build our dreams together
Just like we’ve done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There’ll always be Singapore

Shopaholics Social Site

July 25, 2008

This social networking shopping site could be popular especially for the ladies. Exchange information of your shopping buys, where you can get the best bargains or browse for more information before you even make your shopping trip. Sharing an article published in TODAY.

Think you’ve got the sartorial chops to be a fashionista? Well, allow me to introduce Shoplette, a new website by local startup Mobrick that lets you flaunt the latest togs from your shopping spree.

Billing itself as an online playground for shopaholics, Shoplette members can post pictures of their latest buys, list prices, and display the locations of the retail outlets using embedded Google Maps. It’s essentially social networking meets shopping. Members can track the latest buys in their Shoplette circle of contacts and vote whether the listed items are “cool” or “bargain” buys. If they fancy what they see on someone else’s profile page, they can add the item to their wish list. Shoplette also allows members to embed their buys onto blogs easily and share links via Facebook. And, lest you think it’s solely reserved for the fairer sex to display their shoes and dresses, think again. Men are joining the site and proudly listing their wares, too. ~ Hedirma Supian, TODAY, July 25, 2008

What are you waiting for? Let’s shop around at www.shoplette.com.

Today is Racial Harmony Day

July 21, 2008

What happened exactly 44 years ago this day in history?

This Day In History: Race Riots In Singapore
1964. Riots break out and continue for about 10 days between the Chinese and the Malays, resulting in 23 killed and 454 injured. ~ The Straits Times, July 21, 2008

Over six hours yesterday, some 15,000 Singaporeans of all races and religions and tucked into Malay dishes in a tent next to the Geylang Serai Temporary Market. The occasion: A feast organised by community groups, including the Geylang Serai Business Community, to commemorate Prophet Mohammed’s birthday – an important religious festival celebrated by Muslims.

Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who shared lunch at a table with community leaders and orphans from the Jamiyah Children’s Home, said he was “heartened” to see Muslims in Geylang Serai and Kampong Ubi celebrating the occasion with neighbours of other races and religions. “In other countries, we do not see Muslims and people of other religions mixing so easily,” he said. “Here, we organise these activities to promote interethnic and inter-religious harmony.”

Travelling widely across the Middle East for the past two years with the aim of expanding Singapore’s economic space and building diplomatic ties, Mr Goh said he learnt from various countries that Islam has to be practiced in the particular context of the society. Across the Middle East, the practice of Islam has been contextualised through history, geography, culture and outlook, noted the Senior
Minister.

In Singapore, Mr Goh said the practice of religions “must also suit the context of a multi-racial and multi-religious” society, which has to take into account that “Singapore is a very small country which can only survive if it is integrated into the modern world”. “Our underlying tenet of tolerance and respect for other people’s religions, while peacefully practising our own has brought us harmony, stability and progress. Let us keep it that way,” he said.

Yesterday, Singaporeans from all walks shared in the helpings of nasi briyani and traditional Malay cakes. Retiree Margaret Ho Choo Hong, who lives at nearby Haig Road, turned up with her neighbours for the lunch. The 69-year old told Today she was very happy as the lunch allowed her a chance to share the celebration with others. Also treated to free meals were residents of homes for the elderly and orphans from the Jamiyah Children’s Home, as well as the needy from other volunteer welfare organisations. Mr Goh said he was “very happy” to see the disadvantaged being invited to the gathering and were being looked after by the Muslim community. Citing Prophet Mohammed’s teachings of sharing, caring and compassion, Mr Goh said the same could apply across all religions here. “Especially in Singapore, we believe in that looking after our neighbours who are hungry,” said Mr Goh. ~ TODAY, July 21, 2008

Perhaps an opportunity to greet and say “Hello, how’s things been with you?” to your neighbour.

Sexting – a note for parents

July 15, 2008

Much has been said about the benefits and pitfalls of using technology. Internet chatrooms, IM (instant messaging) over the PC, skyping, youtubing, metacafing etc. Technology has opened a whole new spectrum in the way we communicate. Nothing new about the practice of “sexting” which appeared in MyPaper today. It refers to the sending of sexually explicit text or photographs through one’s mobile phone to friends or potential suitors. This phenomenon is catching on with teenagers in Singapore when MyPaper spoke to several of them.

Student Jane Ashley, 22, admitted to participating in “sexting” when she was younger. Miss Ashley said she sent sexually explicit text messages and photographs to her boyfriend when she was 18. “I thought it would make me seem cool.”. Student Claudette van Maarschalkerweerd, 15, said that “sexting” is quite common in her all-girls school in Katong. Said the Secondary 3 student: “Kids are open about it when they’re at school or with friends, but of course they keep it from their parents.” ~ MyPaper July 15, 2008

Teenagers whom MyPaper spoke to said they have a need to feel accepted by their peers. It’s a “cool” thing to do. My friends are doing it, so I guess it’s okay. What harm can it do to me given I’m not engaging in physical sex, it’s just for fun.

Repossessing the mobile phone from your teenager may not necessarily be the best solution to prevent them from sexting. Perhaps a heart-to-heart discussion in raising awareness of the benefits of using the mobile phone as well as the pitfalls when it comes to sexting. It’s important for teens to know what’s right and what’s wrong…not what’s popular and unpopular, among their circle of friends.

Do you feel like a Millionaire?

July 1, 2008

Jet-setting across the globe in your private jet. Dining at posh eateries. Limousine service at the wave of your hand. Sounds like what everybody has been dreaming and hoping for.

According to a recent report, Singapore saw a total of 10,000 people joining the millionaires club, bringing the total number here to 77,000.

Though you may not qualify to be a member in the prestigous millionaires club, you can still feel like one. Here’s what was written by a writer to MyPaper when she said she feels like a millionaire. Read the full text. I’m sure each of us feel like a millionaire in our own ways.

What does these POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO means?

June 3, 2008

POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO…..You may have come across these letters or have seen them in written notes and emails, instant messaging, online chats, forums, bulletin boards etc. For those who are not familiar with what such letters mean, it could be quite mind-boggling to decipher the entire sentence to understand what the sender is trying to say.

POS is not the usual transaction code recorded in your bank passbook that means “Point Of Sale” referring to cashless transactions you have made using your ATM (Automated Teller Machine) card. Actually in the world of chat acronyms, it means “Parent Over Shoulder” referring to the parent of the user who happens to be looking over the shoulder of the user sitting in front of the PC to see what’s going on. A subtle means by the user to inform the other party to be on the alert and not to communicate anything that should not be said given that the user’s parent is standing behind him/her keeping watch.

Chat acronyms are combinations of letters and numbers that stand for certain words or phrases. For example, BTW means “by the way” and G2G means “Gotta go.”

Using chat acronyms makes typing messages easier and more efficient since commonly used phrases can be abbreviated using only a few characters. With the amount of communication people do today using their computer keyboard, using acronyms can save a significant amount of typing, as well as time.

Some common acronyms you may have seen are:
ASL = Age, sex, location
BRB = Be right back
G2P = Gone to pee
LOL = Laugh out loud
LMAO = Laughing my a** off
MOS = Mom over shoulder
PHAT = Pretty hot and tempting
POS = Parent over shoulder
XOXO = Hugs and kisses
🙂 means Happy
😦 means Sad

There is even a rating for each acronym from 1 to 3. A rating of 1 means that the acronym is rarely used, while a rating of 3 means that the acronym is commonly used.

You may like to browse the site for more information at www.sharpened.net or go directly to the links below for a:

1. Glossary of Acronyms
2. Glossary of Emoticons
3. Glossary of Computer Terms

Hopefully, this will help you to understand what the sender or others are conversing in the world of abbreviated communication.

BFN

Blogger’s Code of Conduct

May 22, 2008

A buzz was created in the blogsphere when a man was arrested for posting racially-offensive content online. Under the blogsite named Sexy Fragrance Prince, the contents of his post was considered offensive that resulted in his arrest.

So, what can be said by bloggers / commenters in blogs that will not run afoul of the law? Does an implicit message in the written or pictorial content carries the same degree of responsibility? Freedom of speech to say what you want?

I believe everyone has to exercise a degree of sensitivity and responsibility to the feelings of others be it in a blog or in person. A search through Wikipedia shows up some guidelines for blogging such as:

1. Responsibility for our own words.
2. Nothing we wouldn’t say in person.
3. Connect privately first.
4. Take action against attacks.
5. No anonymous comments or No pseudonymous comments.
6. Ignore the trolls.
7. Encourage enforcement of terms of service.
8. Keep our sources private.
9. Discretion to delete comments.
10. Do no harm.
11. Think twice – post once

I like point 10. Do no harm. Just like we do not like nor want others to harm us (the pen is mightier than the sword). So before you start typing your next post or make a comment fill with angst, take a moment to browse through Blogger’s Code of Conduct. Enjoy your blogging that will bring joy to your audience as well.