Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monopolized Transportation in Singapore

SBS Transit appointed Downtown Line operator

This is analyzed by by friend Gary.

Only SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Trains Ltd were asked to submit competitive proposals. No one else?? LTA will own the rail operating assets and be responsible for timely replacements and enhancements. This sounds like LTA owns everything and SBS Transit only operate and pay rental of $1.6 billion over 19 yrs or about $84million a year or about $230k a day. Half million commuters are expected daily.

If each commuter spends $2 daily (less than round trip), daily revenue will be $1 million excluding advertisement and shop rental revenue. It appears to be pretty profitable!! May be we should have more operators tender to either increase the rental or lower the fares. Or even to consider to run this line as a cooperative!

ComfortDelgro, Temasek Holdings and GIC does not seem to be transparent with its expenses, and with record profits and poor services, the LTA seems to allow every
price increase, but the service seems to gets worse.

-- Ironbowl

Saturday, August 27, 2011

偷你蛋 vs Angry Bird


 Angry Bird (Red)

Another Angry Bird?

How many birds does it take?

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, August 22, 2011

Singapore Presidential Election Logos

Back to the logos again.

Don't you want to just draw eyes and make a shirt?

I would not slap Astroboy if I were him. What did Astroboy do?

Short Sighted people need glasses, you don't need to tell them they are shortsighted all these years.

Kung Fu Panda would not approve.

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Religious Bra

 Do you need a laugh??
What Religion is Your Bra?

A man walked into the ladies department of a Macy's

and shyly walked up to
the woman behind the counter and said,
"I'd like to buy a bra for my wife. "
"What type of bra?"
asked the clerk.

Type?" inquires the man, "There's more than one type?"

Look around,"
said the saleslady,
as she showed a sea of bras in every shape, size, color
and material imaginable.

even with all of this variety,
there are really only
four types of bras to choose from ."
Relieved, the man asked
about the types.
The saleslady replied:
"There are the Catholic,
the Salvation Army,
the Presbyterian,
and the Baptist types.
Which one would you prefer?"


Now totally befuddled,

the man asked about
the differences between them.
The Saleslady responded,
"It is all really quite simple. .


The Catholic type

Supports the masses;

The Salvation Army type lifts the fallen;

The Presbyterian type keeps them staunch and upright; and

The Baptist makes mountains out of mole


Have you ever wondered why A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, G, and H are the letters used

to define bra sizes?
If you have wondered why,
but couldn't figure out
what the letters stood for,
It is about time
you became informed!


(A} Almost Boobs...

{B} Barely there...

{C} Can't Complain!...

{D} Dang!...

{DD} Double dang!......

{E} Enormous!...

{F} Fake...

{G} Get a Reduction....

{H} Help me, I've fallen

And I can't get up!...


Send this to

all who will appreciate it!

They forgot the German bra:


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Some are more equal than others.

I believe some would say that the foreigners are getting screwed in Singapore.

Well, that's is true to some extent,
Foreign worker protests on top of 30m crane
Singapore Sees Fall in Foreign Workers' Pay Complaints
Jobless migrant workers protest in Singapore again

Everything in Singapore requires a permit, prostitution, casinos, begging, street performing. Protests are rare in Singapore, where public speeches and demonstrations are banned unless they are approved by the government, or take place at a designated place called Speaker's Corner.

A Singaporean in a similar situation would -- be arrested.
Singaporeans arrested for protest in support of Burmese Activists
4 SDP members arrested for protesting against the Singapore government’s involvement with the Burmese junta

Singaporean first mentality or approach by the government? Its looking more like Singaporeans go to jail first.

-- Ironbowl

Dual citizenship is not allowed for Singaporeans, but why is it allowed for a PRC? and why is she getting a scholarship along with it?

Archiving it before it is taken down or edited.

Meet this year's President's Scholars

SINGAPORE - One is a future doctor who hopes to initiate changes in palliative care and healthcare expenditure by being part of the policy-making process. The other does not rule out joining politics and believes that the private housing market can play a bigger role to provide homes for the people.

Mr Nigel Fong and Mr Yoong Ren Yan, both 19 and two of this year's four President's Scholars, have yet to embark on their university studies but they are already clear about how they can contribute to society.

Mr Yoong, who will be studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, told Today that his past internship stint at the Ministry of National Development had spurred his interest in public housing policies - an area he is keen to explore upon graduation.

The son of a lawyer and a teacher said the development of Singapore over the years could allow some of the policies to be re-examined, such as reducing the percentage of people living in public housing from the current 80 per cent of population, and allowing for more private housing to provide more options for everyone.

Meanwhile, Mr Yoong's good friend and Raffles Institution schoolmate, Mr Fong, has chosen to reject a funded liberal arts offer at the prestigious Harvard University - in favour of pursuing medicine at the National University of Singapore.

"My parents thought I am crazy ... but contributing to the field of medicine and the healthcare system here is something which I hope to do," he said.

The keen debater said there is room for improvement in the current healthcare model, by moving away from a "return from investment" approach, including providing more subsidies for patients in palliative care who may no longer be fit to work.

And for this pair of straight As scorers, it was community work outside school which had invoked their empathy and compassion for the needy.

"I came to realise that things are not always what they seem ... Singapore is a rich country but beneath that are still many poor people.", said Mr Yoong.

Mr Fong also urged his peers to not just focus on building credentials.

"Being a President's Scholar is a title but it is important to look beyond that ... not just to do so many activities to build a good CV but to actually do everything for a passion," said Mr Fong, who has been helping out at Meet-the-People Sessions conducted by Member of Parliament Jessica Tan in Simei for the past three years.

Apart from the two friends, two other 19-year-olds also received their commendations from President S R Nathan last night.

Miss Xiao Yifei , who came from China when she was four and holds dual citizenship, said she sees herself very much a Singaporean with roots in this country.

Miss Xiao, who plans to study international relations in the United States, attributed her success to support from parents and teachers.

Mr Aaron Koh, a recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship, said he sees "no higher calling than serving the nation".

Mr Koh, who would not have been able to study overseas without any financial aid, said: "Getting a merit-based scholarship is not only an affirmation of my hard work but such a scheme also equalises opportunities for all in spite of socio-economical backgrounds".

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The National Anthem

My Poem:

Ms Penny Low, your allegiance to the country is as good as the man checking on his phone when he is taking his marriage vows. "Do you say you love me?" -- Singapore

-- Ironbowl

This is her excuse.

But there are no posts on her FB page although she claimed to have posted. (Can't she wait a few more seconds?) What kind of example is she setting?