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.


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