Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Exceptional people: Medics timely intervention saves contractor's life

Mr Phua Yong Teck and the SAF medical team who helped save his life. (Photo: Ng Eng Hen/Facebook)

Mr Phua Yong Teck, 55, was working on Pulau Tekong when he collapsed due to a cardiac arrest on Jan 6 this year.

Fortunately, the contractor was brought to the Rocky Hill Medical Centre where emergency resuscitation on him while 1 Medical Squadron transported him to Singapore General Hospital.

Doctors had told Mr Phua that he was fortunate to have received prompt medical attention from the SAF medical teams when he suffered from the cardiac arrest, Dr Ng said in his post.

Mr Phua pulled through and is on the way to full recovery.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pulau-tekong-medics-timely-intervention-saves-contractor-s-life/3553076.html

Exceptional people: Community Shield raises $64k for School Pocket Money fund

Great Eastern managing director, life and regional bancassurance, Khoo Kah Siang presenting a cheque to Tan Bee Heong, general manager of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, after the Community Shield match. Great Eastern, the S-League's co-title sponsor with Hyundai, raised $64,500 for the Fund.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Walk around Singapore: Changi Airport Terminal 2 (February 2017)


Fast check-in (self-service) is the norm nowadays

Flight information flip board

Occasional exhibition

Star Wars 2015


The arrival hall is very simple in design as passengers will go off in a short time, unlike in departure hall, where they will spend more time waiting to board aircraft.

2017: more crowded, difficult to take panorama photos

Viewing gallery


Very quiet place with clinic, NTUC Fairprice and other shops

Way to bus terminal


Outside Airport


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Simple hand clapping exercise for periarthritis and other illnesses - in Cantonese

This simple exercise is good for those with periarthritis or frozen shoulders. As there are 3 organ meridians on the fingers, this exercise is also good for the lungs, heart and intestines.

Forum: Time to review service charges at dining places

Owners of food and beverage businesses should review the 10 per cent service charge they impose on their customers in order to keep the industry competitive.

At many F&B outlets, customers now use self-service monitors and tablets to place their orders or to ask for the bill.

That being the case, I wonder if it is still appropriate for consumers to continue paying the 10 per cent service charge.

Many businesses may be claiming grants under the Productivity and Innovation Credit scheme, or get a tax offset for their purchases of software and hardware.

At the same time, they could be reducing the number of service staff to lower costs.

Yet, they still impose the service charge.

Only a dining experience which includes interaction with service staff, and tapping their knowledge as a guide on the selection of the food and drink warrants a service charge.

Sum Kam Weng

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/time-to-review-service-charges-at-dining-places

Exceptional company: Art contest raises $30k for charity

Ms Tan of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund receiving the cheque yesterday from Tipex's Mr Sim at Tipex's office. Also present was Keming Primary's Rachel Chng, showing her winning entry.

More than 60 pupils took part in last year's edition and the winners received colouring pens, cash and a trophy.

The top three works of art in each category, lower and upper primary, were reproduced on limited-edition tissue boxes.

The boxes were sold from June to November last year and 20 cents were donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fun for every pack of five boxes sold.

Tipex has been supporting the fund, which donates money to children and youth from low-income families, since 2009.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/art-contest-raises-30k-for-charity

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Exceptional people: Foster parents

Foster parents Mr Ismail Atan, a crane operator, and Madam Zawiyah Wee Abdullah,  a housewife, could not bear the thought of neglected or abused children growing up without a family.

With four children of their own, they still have time to foster more than 20 children, including special needs children.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/four-kids-of-their-own-still-this-couple-fostered-over-20-more/3546216.html

Exceptional people: Project to save horseshoe crabs wins green prize

Mr Chong, 18, and three of his schoolmates designed and manufactured a Horseshoe Crab Propagation System to save wild horseshoe crabs by breeding them in incubator before releasing them back to nature.

Last year, they submitted the project for the Sembcorp Marine Green Wave Environmental Care Competition, and yesterday took home the top prize in the junior college/ITE category.

The ITE team had already bred "hundreds" of horseshoe crabs in captivity, and most have been released back into the wild.

The team hopes to improve the system to increase the survival rate of the horseshoe crabs from 20 per cent to at least 50 per cent.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/project-to-save-horseshoe-crabs-wins-green-prize

Friday, 24 February 2017

1 Singdollar = 3.16 Malaysian Ringgit

Exchange rate as at 0700hr on 24 Feb 2017

The 12 cities with the most trees around the world

There’s a global movement to encourage cities to grow more trees and plan more parks.

To get a clearer picture, MIT’s Senseable Lab partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to create Treepedia, a site with interactive maps that show the density of greenery in major cities around the world, using information from Google Street View to determine what they call the “Green View Index,” a rating that quantifies each city’s percentage of canopy coverage based on aerial images.

Launched in 2016, Treepedia featured 10 cities, but the team has since expanded to 15.

These are the top 12 countries in the World Green View index:

1. Singapore — 29.3%

Trees are grown everywhere in Singapore, including buildings, bridges, roads, space below rail tracks, in addition to the normal parks and gardens.

2. Vancouver, Canada — 25.9%
3. Sacramento, California — 23.6%
4. Frankfurt, Germany — 21.5%
5. Geneva, Switzerland — 21.4%
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands — 20.6%
7. Seattle, Washington — 20%
8. Toronto, Canada — 19.5%
9. Miami, Florida — 19.4%
10. Boston, Massachusetts — 18.2%
11. Tel Aviv, Israel — 17.5%
12. Los Angeles, California — 15.2%

Ref: https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/12-cities-most-trees-around-165500262.html

Voices: Rethink how Mandarin is taught in Singapore

As one with comparable competence in my English and Chinese, it troubles me that many of my friends struggle to learn the latter (“What ‘brand’ of Mandarin will you teach your kids?”; Feb 20).

Although it is my mother tongue, and I am generally more comfortable reading Chinese material on non-technical topics, the textbook and assessment mode can be a turn-off.

The language is taught with textbooks, and pupils’ impression of the language is shaped by the content.

The learning of Chinese often has a twin goal of imparting values, so I am not surprised that articles in the textbooks usually seem insipid to young pupils.

Also, the oral assessment requires pupils to discuss topics such as cleanliness campaigns and the kindness movement — they consider boring and seldom discuss in the real world.

This may lead them to dislike the language and thus have less of an ability to converse on normal occasions.

The rise of China is supposed to give Chinese Singaporeans an added incentive to master this language, at least with some working proficiency. This, however, does not seem to happen all that well.

Perhaps some of them do not know about the sheer progress in China.

What I would suggest is to revise the textbook and assessment mode, and taking the pupils’ age into consideration, to take the overly moral- and cultural-based topics out of the syllabus to change stereotypes some may have of the language.

Also, more students can be sent on immersion trips to Beijing, Shanghai and other Chinese cities.

This would help them to form a correct impression of how advanced the Chinese economy is and the significance of grasping its language to brace themselves for the future world.

If United States President Donald Trump’s granddaughter could start learning Chinese before she was two and can recite several poems by the age of five now, why can we not speak Chinese with better proficiency?

Lucy Sun

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/voices/rethink-how-mandarin-taught-singapore

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Walk around Singapore: Tanjong Pagar (February 2017) - updated

After visiting my therapist, I went around the area and took some photos of the place with many old buildings converted to eateries and colorful houses or shops.

This area is not just a hangout place after work, surprising, it is full of wellness and medical shops too. From spas to TCM, dental and GPs to chiropractors, what you need for your health care can be found here but most have no subsidy from the government. Not to mention all those restaurants and small eateries and good cheap food at the public food centres.

Unlike Raffles Place, this financial centre in Singapore is full of activities where workers in trendy outfits can shop for food and other products to bring home after work or during lunchtime, just like ah sohs and ah pehs doing marketing in the heartlands, at Tanjong Pagar Plaza.

Food centres

Maxwell food centre

Even though this food centre is in a financial centre, the cost of the food here is comparable to the heartland hawker centres, or maybe cheaper for some of the stalls. But the food sold here seems to be much better than normal hawker centres, according to food forums.

Amoy Street Food Centre

Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre & Tanjong Pagar Plaza shops

This is a busy place as white collar workers, local residents and foreigners patronise the shops and food centre throughout the day

Old Buidings

Tras Street Heritage Centre

Craig Road

Duxton Hill old sign post

Duxton Hill

Neil Road

Neil Road

Jinrikisha Station - Neil Road / Tanjong Pagar Road

Jinrikisha Station

Singapore Conference Hall

Well-known Buildings / Places

Pinnacle @ Duxton

This famous HDB residential development is an international award winning project. Public may go up to the 50th floor skybridge to view Singapore for S$6/person. Limited to 200 people per day.

The Red Dot Traffic Building

This building will be restored to its original white when Law Ministry takes over from the Police this year.

Latest: Red Dot Traffic Building will be renamed Maxwell Chamber Suites after the renovation. The museum will be shifted to Marina Bay.

Even letter boxes are RED

URA Centre and Gallery

Want to know what are the latest projects for Singapore, this is the place to go

CPF board service centre is now at URA Centre East Wing

Coming soon

Prince Edward MRT station (old Singapore Polytechnic campus, now known as Bestway Building)

The place is now being prepared to be Prince Edward MRT station

Source: ST

Tanjong Pagar NEW Railway Station

This old place will remain closed until the new Cantonment MRT station is ready in a few years' time.

You may want to know the history of this place

Source: ST

Tanjong Pagar park

A place for the stressful workers to unwind, just above Tanjong Pagar MRT station.


The following are found at Everton Road

Commercial ad mural