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