Friday, August 08, 2014

Happy National Day Singapore


Its National Day again in Singapore, a special holiday for us to give thanks of what exists today in Singapore.

Singapore is such a great country with the world's #1 Port, #1 Airport.

Starting the MRT line is simply fantastic and affordable public housing, HDB totally transformed Singapore slums to what it is today.

Singapore is relatively crime free and there are Neighborhood police post with friendly policemen ready to serve you.

The Medical infrastructure is great and hospital beds always plentiful.

Polyclinics are scattered around the island and are affordable.

Politicians are visionaries and run on passion, and they want little in return.

Singapore is a real garden city where greenery is observed everywhere.

Education is great and going to the university cost so little.

So good to be a Singaporean.

-- Iron Bowl

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oh Deer...


Deer in "disguise" comes along and thinks of ways to screw the others.


Deer approaches and tells others he is doing good for them, helping them plan for retirement, etc...


Deer gains trust and others trust deer...

Guess what happens next... (too graphic to show)

-- Iron Bowl.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Glorious Singapore, glorious leaders.


5 Major Facts about Singapore that every Singaporean should understand


After reading this blog, there are some questions in my head.


1) "Population Control A.K.A. “Why are there so many foreigners in Singapore?” No, Singapore is NOT the only country that is facing an immigration issue."

Singapore is the only country in the world with more foreigners than locals.

2) "While the the information cannot be proved to be true, what we can comprehend is very clear."

Singaporeans is not angry with CPF system, but rather how opaque and ever changing it is. With 2.5% interest and more than 5%  inflation, it does not make sense to put your money inside.

3)  "Singapore is an island state that is no more than 42km wide. It is irrational to blame the government for having such a small island to work with. Since we are born into a small country state, maybe it’s time to accept the fact that not everyone can be allowed to own a car."

Yes, Singapore is a small island, used to have 2.5 million people, and the government wants 6.9 million population? With these kinds of policies, paired with inefficient public transportation and "record profits" for state appointed CEOs of "private" transport companies, yes I think there are reasons to complain about the half million - million dollar public housing.

If its condos or private freehold house, there is no complain, it just ridiculous to have expensive housing and call it public housing.

4) "Because honestly, if you are a Singaporean with a good track record of experience, and your foreign rival has no experience at all, any logical HR manager will hire you instead. Before we start jumping to conclusions, we need to take a step back and appreciate that some foreign workers indeed have the necessary years of experience required and have displayed good working habits in order to get the promotion to a managerial role."

Well, there is also NS, RT and many other baggage that comes with a Singaporean employee. Imagine hiring one and he has o leave work at 5pm to do RT (Say 70% of males) Then a foreigner comes along and can be hired for less because of lax immigration policies, and foreigner does not do NS....

5) "Our government has transformed Singapore from 3rd-world kampung island to 1st-world global recognized state in a matter of 40 odd years."

Japan built itself up from WWII to what it is now, and did the ministers get paid millions? The anger is about the decline of public service and increase in cost since 2000. Medical services got more expensive after subsidies, longer waiting periods for poor medical care... please, for some areas, it was better in the 2000s...

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The article suddenly awakened the PAP love inside of me, I realize that the 60.1% is so right as the PAP is just keeping it real and the Singapore dream alive.

Being an elite white dog, you can dream of one day earning millions of dollars and calling everyone a peasant. Staying in power and creating policies like 7 million population by 2030 does not seem to have any backlash, and no dogs have to take responsibility for poor planning and "over budgets"

Foreigners are so pro-economy. With Foreigners, you can have interesting photos on the island with so much white faces, making a "Swiss-like" living condition.

With SBS, SMRT monopolizing public transportation, and the people closely linked to LTA, Singapore has the most "efficient" public transportation system. Train breakdowns, fare hikes, traffic jams, all part and parcel of being a first world country. Look at all the cities with traffic jams, Bangkok, such wow and booming economy. Definitely makes things more interesting.

Remember, queuing for food, makes food taste better, waiting for public transportation and squeezing inside just make the ride so much sweeter. Not being able to enter the train is ALWAYS your fault.


We should always pay dogs politicians who are placed there millions and put them as heads of public/private companies. It only make sense -- because all non-scholars -- cannot do well in school (really stupid) and if placed in a top position will cause delays, plan poorly, cannot handle budgets and take responsibility. Giving them high salary allows us to respect these scholars and worship them like gods.

As Singapore is not a welfare country, all poor people should be denied healthcare and just die... 

CPF, even if its the money of the CITIZENS, why should they know what is being done to the money? Clearly, they are too stupid to understand how CPF works because if they cannot count in school to pass the exams, even with a degree or working experience, how can one expect a non-scholar to understand CPF?

This country is filled with stupid Singaporeans who cannot comprehend the complexity of CPF. Keeping this info away from them on how it works or how sovereign wealth is invested is for their own good. We don't want suicide rates to increase right?

In fact, we should burn books, knowledge should only be available for the chosen few. why read? Censorship is the way to go forward. If everyone can just lean back and enjoy the ride, (no, this is not a rape reference) then Singapore can be a more pleasing place.

See, if you work 12 hours days and worship money, you can buy things as we  build more malls and food courts. Don't people know that Uniqlo, Charles and Keith, LV stores and other top brands bring happiness and progress? 

If you don't own a bungalow, perhaps its because of your parents, "gay lifestyle" that cost too much. Stop paying all that money on healthcare and beauty products and complain that you cannot afford to live. Well gays should be banned and they are destroying the "family fabric" in Singapore, and they are the primary cause of divorce... Yes, when your spouse gets affected by the Gay virus and becomes gay and divorce you, it will be too late as we need more babies.

Maybe we should send ALL Singaporeans overseas to let them appreciate Singapore more. Give them wads of cash as well to spend there. Nothing beats the feeling of being rich in front of poor people. Imagine your feeling when you can buy meals and show the poor what you are capable of buying and then throwing it all away and destroying the food. Perhaps that will motivate them not to be so lazy and poor. People in third world countries complain too much. If they put the same efforts into working, perhaps they will not be so poor.

Increasing rents is definitely OK. Increasing salaries, NO!!!! Do you mean these assholes who don't go to school and get a PhD deserve to work a single job and make enough money to live on? NEVER. If I have to work hard and compete to get to where I am, everyone else should fail. 



For this is the Singapore way.





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Penguin Love (Banned)

Screenplay

Harry (male) is the leader of the Penguins, having framed the other potential leader as a killer, the zoo keepers sent his threat away, Harry's rule was uncontested.

Pepper (male) is very supportive of Harry, and did all the dirty work for Harry. When no one is looking Pepper even satisfied all of Harry's needs, and every orifice was polished and cleaned. Those were such guilty pleasures and both of them enjoyed themselves.

Harry being the leader, often abused his power, sending those who challenged him away and sometime locking them up. Together with Pepper, they nursed an egg together, and their love for each other was strong. Nothing could keep them apart.

Years later, the young penguins wanted more freedom, and it is not as easy to control messaging due to social media. There are a lot of negative talk about male love, and a large group of cross penguins who became majority are opposed to male love because their leader Kong says that it destroys the family unit and its unnatural.

It was a hard choice that Harry had to make, and to retain dominance on the other penguins, he has to forcefully reject his partner and pick Linda, a girl penguin which is more accepted by Kong.

All the penguins suffer as Harry was never happy, and Harry decided to take everything the other penguins love, and 1/3 of all their fishes, and return to them small chunks when they retire at an old age. When the penguins did not reproduce fast enough, Harry believed in policies to bring in outside penguins to live and help restore the small community.

Harry in his final days inscribed a story about his life on a wall in the ice room . "The hard truths" was the name of the story, and he still thinks of his forbidden and only true love, Pepper.

"I did not live a life without regrets" were the last words that came out of his mouth when he finally passed away.



Here is the potential Trailer

Sunday, July 06, 2014

What is wrong with schools in Singapore today?


I went to take a walk outside this Primary school and found a few empty wrappers of condoms and in the bushes across the road, used tissue paper, underwears and used condoms.

This observation just made me sick, hopefully, its not involving the kids in this school.

-- Ironbowl

Friday, May 30, 2014

Why I love Singapore

These are top 10 reasons Why I love Singapore.



10) There are roads, and public transportation.

Like, wow man... Buses...

9) There is air conditioning.

Like in malls and homes... Wow, such technology, so comfort...

8) There are no black outs.

There are street lamps and yet there are no black outs... wow.

7) People can speak English.

Even the Asian looking people can speak English, though sometimes you cannot understand them...

6) There is no war.

I mean like no armored tanks patrolling the streets, incredible...

5) The beggars give you tissue.

Yes, beggars give you 3 packets of tissue when you give them $1

4) You can drink out of the tap.

Wow, Singaporeans are brave... no waterborne diseases...

3) CPF is awesome

Just like the snake is saving this fish from drowning.



2) People use the toilets.

Unlike some countries, people actually use the toilets... What advanced civilization this must be... People sometimes wash their hands after using the toilet..  Rad!

1) Government is not corrupt.

You only have highly paid ministers who put family members in government linked companies.. No corruption at all. Seriously!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

5 things in Singapore that cost more than other cities

1) Public Housing.

HDB maisonette sells for record $1.05m in Bishan

Average rental per unit of HDB 
2 Bed room HDB flat - S$2000?? (Because almost impossible to get government subsidized flat and impossible to own one)



Let us compare with NYC
Increase of cost of Public Housing (Manhattan)
How Affordable is Public Housing? (Manhattan, New York)
As of January 1, 2014:
Families in the Conventional and Section 8 programs pay no more than 30 percent of their family income for rent. The rent difference is subsidized by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Average family income in Conventional Public Housing is $23,150.
Average monthly rent is $445.
Working families account for 47.2 percent of NYCHA families.
11.4 percent of NYCHA families receive Public Assistance.
Social Security, SSI, Pensions, Veteran's Benefits, etc., support 41.4 percent of the families.
37.0 percent of the households are headed by persons age 62 and older 19.0 percent of the NYCHA
Population is age 62 or older 33.9 percent of the NYCHA population are residents younger than age 21 and 27.4 percent are minors younger than age 18.


Lets compare this is Malaysia... Errr... Nevermind.

Say a Flat with good location near KL costs RM$80,000??

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2) Lets look at cost of cars.



Toyota Camry 2.0 (New) - Sedan Auto - S$168,888 Guaranteed COE. (Singapore)

Toyota Camry LE 2.5 (New) - Sedan Auto - US$23,460 MSRP (Boston) (S$30k)

Toyota Camry LE 2.5 (New) - Sedan Auto - NT$999,000 MSRP (Taiwan) (S$45k)

Toyota Camry Luxury 2.5 (New) - Sedan Auto - HK$357,700 MSRP (Hong Kong) (S$58k)

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3) Donuts



Lets look at cost of Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme made its local debut here on Oct 12, with an original glazed doughnut priced at S$2.60.

The same doughnut retails at US$0.99 (S$1.20) in the United States and RM2.50 (S$0.98) in Malaysia.

A dozen of the glazed doughnuts here cost S$23.40, but they go for A$15.95 (S$19.10) in Australia.

Krispy Kreme cost less in Tokyo too.



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4) Surface Pro 3



Surface Pro 3 - 512GB Intel i7
Singapore - S$2698
USA - US$1949 (S$2440)


Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA2 PRO Ultrabook 5940 -  I7-4500U Processor 8GB RAM, 256GB DDD
Singapore - S$1967
USA - US$1299 (S$1626)

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5) Beer





Lets looks at Carlsberg 12 Cans
Malaysia - RM45.28 (S$17.50)
Singapore - S$49.95 (NTUC)
USA - US$11.99 (S$14.50) excluding US$0.60 Can deposits


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-- IronBowl







Monday, May 19, 2014

Symmetry... Not


Independence Square in Colombo, something feels odd. The new fountains seemed to be placed in a non-symmetrical way compared to the existing structures. Just making things look odd.




Random pipes appear at parts of the building "Grandstand" which makes a door not able to close. Did the design fail?


Maybe symmetrical is too "yesterday" and random pipes is the new chic...

-- IronBowl

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Video Exposes Mindsets of PAP



Ideas:

This video clearly shows that there is one mind and one thought when it comes to this video. Making this video is a "Good Idea" and like most PAP ideas, everyone in the party have to support it.

Execution:

This video is recorded and edited, probably scripted with pretty good equipment probably bought with PAP funds. I am sure no expense was spared and probably props are even made and bought just for this video. Like most PAP projects, noble ideas fall flat during execution. Group think is strong and other opinions probably squished making any flawed execution -- horrendous.

Aftermath:

Once the deed is done, it is released and people will pray that everything goes well. They may also seek the advice of others, however, the ones they may listen to, are on their side and because of group think, cannot offer other opinions, except "liking it"

It is indeed scary how YP can attract these "talents" and from the sound of their voice, they sound pretty brainwashed. I could say that the indoctrination is pretty successful to turn youth into these errr... "passionate beings"

Every complain will be considered "noise" and the inputs will probably be ignored. Its strange that you can comment on the YouTube video above and if you dislike the video, feel free to comment and see how your comment will either be deleted or ignored.

For that is the "passionate" way.

-- IronBowl

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Profits before the People?


In many Carparks, barriers are built for electronic charging. The barriers are made extremely long to prevent motorcyclists to pass. The kerbs are also made very high and no slopes for handicapped access. On the right, there is just a barrier and no one can pass. Cyclists also find it hard to pass these barriers.

To earn more profits from Motorcyclists, $0.65 per entry, they simply created more barriers for handicapped access. There are many Handicapped lots, in the indoor carpark, but there are absolutely no slopes to allow entry. Perhaps if the people on wheelchairs can do the limbo rock, they can pass under these barriers.

In order to make profits from the motorcycles, have HDB decided to remove access to the handicapped as well?

--Ironbowl

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Is this an ad to recruit MILF?


Why do I see such ads on Facebook after commenting on my friend's status "MILF"

-- Ironbowl

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Annual filing time

Its time for Annual Filing.

Yup, Singpass site, Bizfile Site and ACRA is all not working because you want to file.

I have the same feeling too.




-- Ironbowl

Friday, March 14, 2014

A chat with a Lawyer -- Singapore


I was talking to a lawyer about his religion, and it was a very interesting perspective that I would like to share.

I would say he is a rather successful lawyer, and a Christian that believes in the prosperity bible. He claims to have tithe more than $10,000 a month and to him his conscious is clear, because he "donates".

Everyday, in his job, he find ways where corporates can close down their companies and not pay their employees any severance fees, or way where a company is sold to another company without paying the employees much even when they hold stock options. In short, he helps corporations screw over employees.

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This makes me wonder, are there many people like this lawyer who thinks it is enough to donate and problems in society will magically disappear. Does he know where his donated money is going? And the question is does he really want to know...

-- Iron Bowl


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Long wait at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

I've recently sent my mom to for a minor surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and I felt that there were many things to be improved.

I'm not complaining about the staff at the hospital. Everyone was nice and courteous, however, the wait was very long and the whole system seemed annoying.


1) Appointment time is 10am, and even when we arrive at 9:30am, there are many people there. After speaking to many of the people, it seems that 10 others have the same appointment at 10am. I don't understand why everyone will have the same appointment at the same time when there are limited doctors, and perhaps, there are many many operating theaters?

2) For a minor surgery, some families come with 8 family members, with about 20+ seats available, many people including those that need surgery need to stand. why is the day surgery waiting area so small then?

So the wait was actually not that bad, we managed to be seen by a nurse and allocated a bed by about 11am, and informed that the short 20 min surgery will happen at 12:30pm.

I don't understand, are people generally so late or do not show up at all, such that so many people are scheduled at the same time? This seems terribly inefficient.

3) After the operation at about 2:30pm, my mom was back at the day surgery wards. Many people were there for a while and then discharged. They discovered that my mom have an irregular heart beat and doctor wanted to speak to her before she can be discharged. However, the doctor went and did another surgery.

At 7pm, my mom really wanted to go home. After such a long wait, and not eating for a whole day (They told my mom that she cannot eat after 7am on the day of the operation) My mom even decided to walk out. The nurses were informed and finally, another doctor came, and my mom asked for a very reasonable request. "I want to go home, I feel ok. If there is anything wrong with my heart, can I come back another day to do a check up rather than waiting here. Because nothing has been done, and I don't see anything being done, even if I stay here. I just have to pay more and die of hunger."

So the nurses made my mother fill up some paperwork that she understands the risks involved if she were to go home, she signed and went home.

4) My mom went back for the heart check up on Wednesday, and check up on her surgery on Thursday. Why can't it all been done one the same day? What's worse is that the check up is simply some scans and she is given blood thinners.

Again, I have to say that the staff and nurses are very professional and courteous. But there seems to be lots of paperwork and the processes is cumbersome bureaucratic and inefficient.

I hope that something can be changed as the nice new hospital built to handle crowds, cannot seem to handle crowd due to bad processes. Perhaps it for safety, or perhaps... Its is more profitable for people to wait.

-- Ironbowl

Monday, February 24, 2014

What have weddings become? #Singapore


This year, I've been invited to be a "brother" for 2 weddings, and I've been "videoing" for another. The experience makes me not want to get married in Singapore.

I have no idea how it had became so bad. I don't believe this is "tradition" although many people act like it is.

1) Expensive Wedding Dinners.

I do understand that Hotel Restaurants are getting more expensive, but when is it a tradition to eat at the hotel and stay in it for the night?

Something is wrong when there is a Wedding Ang Pao Guide.

I've a friend who is married recently at a 5/6 star hotel, and each table for 10 people cost $2,000. So getting 30 tables, it becomes a $60,000+ expense.

As he owns only convertibles, he had to rent a Bentley and there are also packages to decorate cars, and provide flowers.

Spending over $100,000 on the actual wedding day is uncommon, but most people in Singapore do spend a hefty lot more than their salaries.

Do they earn back the dinner with Ang Pow?

I would say, 99% do not.



2) Brothers and Sisters Tradition

Errr... This used to be some Cantonese tradition where the groom goes to bring the bride from the bride's parent's house to the groom's parent's house. To show sincerity, the groom has to be pranked and pay his way through with Ang Pow.

One of my friends who go married this year was not into this, but decided to buy his way through. Each of the 10 sisters were given a $888 Ang Pow and the door instantly opened.

My other friends who got married did the "traditional way" of singing, dancing and what not, and eventually paid with lots of Ang Pow to get through the door.

I do understand that the bride's younger brother who open the car door gets an Ang Pow, and I think this is fair, but for the other childish games and paying to get to the bride, is it really necessary?




There are other traditions, which vary from family, (and yes, if you are vegan, you can't do a traditional marriage in Singapore) and most of them are unnecessary, but do not really do much harm or cost that much.

I feel that weddings in general have became a symbol of materialism. From the size of the wedding ring diamond to the bridal car, to the wedding dinners. It is a chance to show off that one is successful. And guess it does not matter what you work as, it is easy to impress everyone in the end if you can pay for it. (Yup, $100,000 wedding day expenditure is from a friend who funds a licensed money lending business on the side)

So I guess it fits into the materialistic culture in Singapore where in gatherings, people often ask, "How much do you make? Or what car are you driving now?"

-- Ironbowl


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Naming of Indonesian Warship

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/singapore-explains-stance-ship-naming-welcomes-jakartas-overture-20140

As a Singaporean, I don't understand why are the politicians still talking about the issue which was closed years ago.

The bombing of MacDonald House too place on March 10, 1965. BEFORE SINGAPORE WAS SINGAPORE.

I've talked to many older people in Toa Payoh, Tiong Barhu and various housing estates whether they cared about what happened in 1965, and ALL of them simply answered, there were many things that exploded and burnt down in those days, as long as they don't do it again, what Indonesia name their warship is their business.

I don't really feel that any country would want to remember their soldiers for bombing and killing people, but the fact that they are considered war heros and Lee Kuan Yew was ok with that, I guess the book is closed.

It is a totally non-issue, but the PAP ministers seemed to be unable to let things go, and Singapore Media have to cover the whole story over and over again, to somehow show their protest to Indonesia and ask for another apology?

I have two words for Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam. "Move On."

If Indonesian warships are named "K. Shanmugam My Ass" perhaps, then he will have a case to ask them to rename their warship.

By the way, if I have a new "toy" I think you would know what I would name it next.

-- Ironbowl

Friday, February 07, 2014

The day COE for bikes exceed $3k



Discrimination towards bikers.

Since getting my license in 1993, I've been riding a motorcycle every country I go. In Singapore, the COE for motorcycles have been $1 for the longest of time. 

Motorcycles have been a convenient way to get around. And in Asia, the cost of ownership of a motorcycle is generally much lower, and it is a much more affordable form of transport. As a result, there is often much discrimination.

In Singapore, being a biker is getting more tough. In my opinion, motorcycle does not really contribute much to traffic congestion as the Asian motorcyclists can easily filter through traffic, hence charging ERP on bikers is not very fair. (If ERP is a used to alleviate traffic jams)


Furthermore, for parking, motorcycles can fit into weird corners cars cannot fit in, however, many malls and locations do not allow motorcycles to park, and in a lot of places, there is not enough parking spaces, leading to motorcycles parking illegally and getting fined. (And yes, Motorcycles cannot enter Sentosa because rich people live there.)

In 2014, in the COE of motorcycles exceed $3k as LTA reduced the supply for motorcycles. With a failing and unreliable public transportation system, motorcycle, once a cheap reliable way to get around the island is now getting costly. In the past, getting a brand new motorcycle can be less than $4k, but with the price of COE now, the price is easily doubled.

LTA, have you done any research on how COE prices may affect the poor?

-- Ironbowl


Friday, January 31, 2014

Racist Rules? #Singapore

When religious event -- the Thaipusam procession -- in Singapore becomes curbed, and when culture becomes noise, is it just ill will towards a single race?

The Hindu Endowments Board guidelines – which say no singing, no beating of drums or gongs and no playing of recorded music shall be allowed. (2011)

It is part of our culture. [VIDEO]



Temp Bill proposes giving police the power to strip search anyone who enters Little India, ban people from entering the area

There is also a 6 month ban on sale in alcohol in Little India. [NEWS]

Two men fined $4,000 each for selling alcohol in Little India illegally

It is Chinese New Year today. In Singapore, there are roving bands of Lion Dance -- EVERYWHERE! Even on HDB Blocks.


I mean, is this allowed?-- YES, because its has been our culture as Singaporeans. We embrace Chinese New Year and Thaipusam! Why is there a ban on noise on one, and not the other.

And on drinking, there are lots of other races drinking, getting rowdy and drunk. Look at Clarke Quay, Orchard Point, etc. What about the gang fights, stabbings there? Yet there is a ban of alcohol in Little India?

There seems to be a separate development in Singapore for the Chinese and other races, where anything the Chinese do seems to be fine. Because they are the majority?

Is this what you call democracy? Multi-racial, multi-religious country?

-- Ironbowl



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rich Expats in Singapore get different treatment by the law


Apparently, being a rich expat has a lot of perks. When you call Singaporeans poor and say that the public transportation reeks, it seems to be fine if you are a rich British Expat.

Even when Singaporeans are outraged, the government simply call it, "Xenophobic" Singaporeans are not allowed to hate foreigners who hate on them in the first place.

There are a lot of other Singaporeans who get into trouble on Social Media

S’pore cartoonist arrested for alleged sedition

SINGAPORE: Blogger arrested for racist post

Alex Au, a blogger was sent a lawyers letter by the Lee government for accusing them of nepotism and corruption involving the sale and purchase of computers by a company owned by the ruling party to government community center offices.

Even  PRC students gets punished.
NUS student Sun Xu punished for 'dogs' comment
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Well so far, there is a law for the rich, British Expat, and a law for everyone else.

-- Ironbowl.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Live in Maids (Do we need them?)

In Brazil, until recently, everyone in the middle and upper classes had a live-in maid. Most Rio apartments come with maid’s quarters. The live-in maid was an integral part of Brazilian culture until a very few years ago. Then the combination of twenty years without hyperinflation plus social and educational programs had the effect of creating jobs and lifting some 40 million people into the middle class. 

In April of 2013, President Dilma Rousseff signed a law providing, just as in NYC, that the salary for “domestic servants” covers only forty hours work per week; overtime must be paid for more than that. Other labor benefits have also been granted, and the result is that unless you’re rich, you can’t afford a live-in maid in Rio or in NYC. 

Apartments here are no longer built with maid’s quarters; older apartments convert them into pantries or guest bedrooms. Life has changed; life goes on, on the whole for the better. 



I've spoken to many friends in NYC about their hectic lifestyles and they seemed to be getting by with their families.

And in Brazil, I've friends who have Live-in Maids up till 2011, making the transition was not easy as the couple just had a new baby and their parents are getting old, however, with the inflation and small apartments, they managed to get by and in retrospect, it was for the better.

In Singapore, I know many friends who complained about their stressful lives and have Live-in Maids. Many complained about small apartments and high cost of living, but they do not seemed to be able to live without their maids.

My advice, you don't need a maid. A maid is not a necessity. Make the right change in your life. It may be easier than it seems.

-- Ironbowl

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Counting Carbs Lyrics... Counting Stars Parody

Lately I been, I been losing weight
thinking about the things that we could eat
But baby, I been, I been noming' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting carbs
Yeah, we'll be counting carbs

I see this lime
sour and Divine
Squeeze it hard and make it mine
Remove the seeds
And it will taste fine

Old, but I'm not that old
Young, but I'm not that bold
12 years is when scotch is old
I'm just drinking what we're sold

It tastes so right
By eating the wrong thing
And I feel something so wrong
By eating the right thing
I couldn't eat, couldn't eat, couldn't eat
Eating that kills me makes me feel alive

[Chorus] Lately I been, I been losing weight
thinking about the things that we could eat
But baby, I been, I been noming' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting carbs
Yeah, we'll be counting carbs
Lately I been, I been losing weight
thinking about the things that we could eat
But baby, I been, I been noming' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting carbs
Yeah, we'll be counting carbs

[Bridge 4x:] Take that bacon Watch it burn Taste that crisp Calories I burn Eating that kills me makes me feel alive

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Trolls of Singapore


He/She has and will always be a troll, I don't even think she is from NUS Engineering or RGS. Singapore is the land of trolls, and the country collects ERP and GST from the people all the time.

Why are people getting upset over this and feeding the troll by sharing and commenting? I just want to expose her/him as a troll

-- Ironbowl

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pink Fluffy Hareancorn dancing on Rainbows...


Lets test your knowledge and see what you learn so far...


What color are the unicorns?

Where are they dancing?

Please use one word to describe the texture of their magical fur...



Pink Fluffy Hareancorn dancing on Rainbows...

-- Ironbowl

Monday, December 09, 2013

Peace vs Riots.



Riots do not happen for a reason. People feel that things are fair and they have a way to address issues and problems. That is why there is democracy and public representation. Laws are supposed to protect you and you have a certain amount of rights as a person and to address issues.

However sometimes things do not work out. Sometimes governments are perceived as corrupt or weak or serving the rich, and when this happens and the people involved have different frames of mind with authority when a situation happens, conflict is inevitable.

Please do not take peace for granted. We need to work and pay for peace.

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, December 02, 2013

Throwing money at the situation don't really work (Part 2)

Singapore’s first social enterprise hawker centres opened for 1 year and closed down, probably wasting more than $1 Million.



Sadly, Kampung @ Simpang Bedok is another victim of a waste of funds just to show that the Government is "doing something"

A question I often ask, "Is there any social impact when this project fails and the hawkers which consists of people from low income group or ex-offenders?"

I'm sure these people are hardworking, and there are a lot of people wanting to "help" however, how much engagement is there and real mentoring?

I've seen many food business fail in Singapore, and many succeed. And it is indeed a very tough business as rents are generally the major cost. Construction and Renovation costs are not cheap and in the end, there is a lot of competition.

Many projects are started by the government by sponsoring a student from a Polytechnic full rental for a year to start their hawker business. Sounds good for the first year, but when rent bills come the second year, most of these projects fail. (So the funds put in are wasted, and lessons are not learned)

There is always a question in my mind, how did the hawker centers in the past run? Why is the running cost so much lower in the past? Is it just rent?

Running a hawker store or F&B business, there are a lot more to it than just cooking good food. Finding the right employees, reliable cleaners and other important staff if key. The entrepreneur will also need to negotiate rental and in this case, the group that run the facility will also need to know the different codes and costs involved in running the facility.

Doing business is not charity, Social enterprise is not charity. Businesses need to make profits, and having the subsidized model does not work unless it is subsidized permanently. (where the businesses rely on subsidies forever). I'm sure Far East Organization that owns the location will be more interested to charge a full price after 1 year of operations and the "social enterprise model" cannot support that.


The lean model in Dominican Republic where the food truck in the day drives to an empty parking lot in the business district, drops a tent, tables and chairs and start a pop-up restaurant seems much lower cost and allows the business to pivot, change location, etc.

Sadly, in an efficient country like Singapore, this will not pass the codes as carparks are not zones for "restaurants" etc.

I guess Singapore will just throw more money to show that it is doing more to help people.

-- Ironbowl.



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Coke Light, Diet Coke, Coke Zero

Coke Light, Diet Coke, Coke Zero difference


Coke Light and Diet Coke is almost the same thing, just different packaging made in different country. European countries and pan American/south American countries, Diet Coke is released as Coca Cola Light.

So what is the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero?




Although they both contain caffeine, the amount varies:Coke_Diet_Zero
Regular Coke               9.7 mg/100ml
Diet Coke                     12.8 mg/100ml
Coke Zero                    9.6mg/100ml

They taste different



The food acids used are different. Regular Coke contains 338 (phosphoric acid), Diet Coke contains 338 and 330 (citric acid), whilst Coke Zero contains 338 and 331 (sodium citrate). Not much of a difference really but at least you know.


Diet Coke


Motto: Always Great Taste
Nutritional Information: Many say that a can of Diet Coke actually contains somewhere between 1-4 calories, but if a serving size contains fewer than 5 calories a company is not obligated to note it in its nutritional information. Diet Coke's nutritional information reads 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 70mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzonate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.
Artificial sweetener: Aspartame

Coca-Cola Zero

Motto: Real Coca-Cola Taste AND Zero Calories
Nutritional Information: While the label clearly advertises this beverage as a zero calorie cola, we are not entirely certain that its minimal calorie content is simply not required to be noted in the nutritional information. Coca-Cola Zero's nutritional information reads 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 70mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.
Artificial sweetener: Aspartame and acesulfame potassium
Ingredients: Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzonate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium, caffeine.


In a few tests, 50% of the people can tell the taste difference in taste. So they are indeed different formulas.

Last note: Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium are considered Toxic. So when you are planning to drink this, take note.

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I can tell the difference in Cokes, but for the cost of Taxi in Singapore, I am still in the dark. Many vendors, many different cab companies, many different fare structures, reservation fees and surcharges which is more complex than understanding the chemical composition of Coca-cola.

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Accident in Toa Payoh, Cars drove by



Witnessed an accident in Toa Payoh, minutes ago. Pedestrian was shocked by a Taxi and fell on the ground.

She was lying in the middle of a 2 lane road and she was holding her head from the impact of the fall. For the first minute, people were curious on the bus, but as the bus stopped for more than 1 minute, people got impatient and exited the bus.

As for the other vehicles on the road, it took about 100 seconds before the first car proceeded to drive by the accident scene followed by many others. Even when the bystanders tried to slow down the traffic, many cars forced their way by and drove by.

Why is everyone in such a hurry?

I hope the victim is ok.

-- Iron Bowl

10/10/13 2:30pm

Singapore Happy?


Singapore is the happiest Nation in Asia, in 2013, up from 90th out of 151 countries in the Happy Planet Index (HPI) 2012.

Do you believe it? Perhaps? Because UN is soooo trust worthy...


Well, they caused cholera and just tried to cover up right?

To be really happy, and not just reported by UN and by random statistics thrown by the government, there are a few things to consider.

First, the widening income inequality. Singapore’s Gini coefficient has been above the warning line 0.4 for decades, and rose from 0.454 (before Government transfers and taxes) in 2001 to 0.478 in 2012. Singapore’s income gap between rich and poor was higher than the well-developed Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and even worse than the still developing China.

Next, Singapore’s rank in the World Giving Index (WGI), compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation using data gathered by Gallup, fell significantly from 91st in 2010 to 114th in 2012. Singapore was far behind its regional peers Hong Kong (19th), South Korea (45th), Taiwan (52nd) and even lower than the least developed country Bangladesh (109th).

When Singapore -- a materialistic country, with a severe income gap and a society where giving is clearly lacking -- tries to compete in the happiness index, focusing on the measurement index and trying to score points and "win" the system is not a real victory as the root of the problem of unhappiness is still there. There are also many rules and regulations, yet lack of minimum wages and social safety nets.

I guess UN can really help Singapore in the happiness index by running a UN-happy Day in Singapore so it can be ranked highly... Oh wait, they just ranked Singapore as #1 happiest country in Asia.

-- Iron Bowl



Thursday, October 03, 2013

HDB Unnecessary Construction + dangerous grass


The grass is greener outside HDB estates... This saying may be true as the contractors that take part in the numerous unnecessary construction to be blamed?

Recently, my apartment at Toa Payoh installed parking barriers, and after the construction, the contractors dumped the concrete and other debris hacked up into the soil back again.

This is very irresponsible and dangerous as now, buried within  the grass are broken tiles, hacked up concrete, rusty ree bars and many other construction waste. I cringe when I see children play and run on the grass, not knowing what dangers are buried within.

Why build a Woodball court in Toa Payoh Central in 2009 when no one ever plays Woodball?

I really want to see more transparency on the usage of funds of Town Council. I also want errand contractors who leave behind dangerous waste be fined.

-- Iron Bowl




Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bikes are Status Symbols - Bitch Please



I might agree if this was used in other countries.


This article clearly shows that while the number of motorcycle is dropping, the COE of motorcycle which is primarily used for those who cannot afford cars, is not.

In fact, there are more electronic parking that is appearing everywhere, which actually charges motorcyclists more for parking short duration. $0.65 per secession rather than per minute parking for car which costs about $0.30 for lunch at Holland Village for example.

Motorcycles are not allowed to enter Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands... The list goes on.

The most expensive motorcycle, say S$70,000 is still cheaper than the COE if you intend to get a Cherry QQ in Singapore.

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I was riding a Burgman 400, Burgman 650 and I realized that public transportation actually costs more than riding a motorcycle.

Riding a big motorcycle that may cost more than $20,000 requires a Class 2 motorcycle license, which you need 1 year experience of riding Class 2A, which you need 1 year experience of riding Class 2B.... It is not something that someone that decides that he wants to show off his Brand New Ducati will simply do because its a status symbol.

I have a question, is it glamorous to be sweaty, rained on or have black exhausts blown at you?

Motorcycles are simply an efficient form of transport, using less gas, producing less CO2, using less space on the roads. Many bikers are very down to earth people with the passion of riding.

Is the writer of the Mypaper Article trying to say or justify that it is right to tax the people who cannot afford cars more than the car owners?

BITCH PLEASE, there is not LUXE in riding a bike. Just humble commuters trying to get to places with a lower cost and perhaps saving some time by riding between lanes.

Please focus on the real problem, motorcyclists and public transportation commuters are facing more congestion, and higher cost and we are not rich, and yet the public transportation companies are making record profits.

Stop taxing bikers and justifying that there are LUXE bikers, because the fact is, most bikes are not big and the bike population is getting smaller despite the high car COE prices.

-- Iron bowl

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Singapore Guys.



Have you ever searched for the term Singapore Guys on Google or any search engine. You will find that all Singapore guys are shirtless, good looking and have great body.

It is no doubt that many guys like other guys, however, even when the Pope is agreeable to Gays and Lesbian, the draconian Laws, namely Section 377A does not.

A gay couple challenging a Singapore anti-gay sex law had their application to have a Queen's Counsel argue their appeal dismissed. But the court dismisses the bid.

What is Singapore trying to prevent harm from?

Morals? Well we have 2 casinos, prostitution is legal, highly paid public servants are corrupt, you can have sex with lecturers for better grades -- God Apologizes to Kong Hee...

Yet, the law criminalizes a whole community of people... From Google's View -- all men in Singapore. Yes, all men at some point of their lives in Singapore live in close proximity in a community of other men, learning skills and training together to be fit and trust one another. I remember I had a buddy which we lived on top of the other for months.

This is Singapore. Our men spend years keeping fit and we are proud of who we are.

If the society accepts us, why does such a law exist, and how to we even prove if a person is guilty?

-- Iron Bowl.