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  1. Teachers' Day Tribute (Gangnam Style) 教师节快乐 (Gangnam Style)
  2. true..TS Video carry mediacorp stuff dunno why Poh Kim does not...mostly korean serials
  3. Where can I find dvds on Noose, Fighting Spiders, Mandarin drama serials from Mediacorp?
  4. Too easy to convert foreign licences? By Ethan Lou Most of you will remember the Bugis crash back in May involving a Ferrari driven by a Chinese national that beat a red light. It rammed into a taxi and three people died, including the driver. A motorcyclist was also hurt. In the aftermath of the accident, a big question on the lips of many was this: Are foreign- licence holders getting Singapore licences too easily? Related: » Why so easy for foreigners to drive in Singapore » Stories from the horrific Ferrari crash Getting a driving licence from scratch in Singapore is not easy for many. I hold a Singapore car licence and two motorcycle licences, and it took me seven long months of lessons and over $3,000 to qualify for them. This included taking three practical tests and several theory tests. But, on the other hand, anyone with a foreign licence can convert it into a Singapore licence very easily. Take my friend, who studied in Australia, for example. He converted his Australian licence into a Singapore one just by taking a basic theory test - a test so easy for him that he didn't even study for it. People are screaming foul over this, not only because they think foreign-licence holders are having it too easy, but also because the reverse doesn't always apply. When I was living in Canada, I had to sit for both theory and practical tests to get my motorcycle licence there. Ontario, the province I was in, does not allow holders of Singapore licences to convert them by just taking a theory test, even though we allow it. But this isn't the case for those with licences from some countries. Those with licences from countries such as Japan and Australia can convert to an Ontario licence without taking any tests. Several countries with many immigrants - such as Britain, the United States and Australia - also closely examine the licensing process in other nations and have different conversion procedures for different groups of countries. That makes sense. Every country licenses their drivers differently. But in Singapore, the conversion procedure in many cases is the same, regardless of where the original licence was from. The traffic police said in May that only 0.1 per cent of the 369,637 drivers with converted foreign licences contributed to accidents. But that's still more than 300 accidents. This number could be reduced with more customised conversion procedures. That's why I'm unfazed by the motorcycle practical test I had to take in Ontario. Motorcyclists are very vulnerable road users, and I feel a lot safer with Ontario's more stringent criteria for foreign-licence conversion. It could mean less under-qualified drivers on their roads and maybe even one less accident. Thankfully, our authorities are catching on. Currently, holders of foreign heavy-vehicle licences cannot convert them here by just taking a basic theory test. They have to take a practical test. In May, the traffic police reiterated that they are reviewing the licensing process for foreign drivers of vehicles that transport people and goods in the course of their work. However, this does not apply to those who drive for personal or recreational purposes. I'm not holding my breath for foreign car- or bike-licence conversions. And neither, it seems, is Mr Gerard Ee, chairman of the Public Transport Council and former president of the Automobile Association of Singapore. Said Mr Ee: "Let's say if I decide drivers from particular countries are high risk and I want them to go through a test before they can drive here, I'm telling the world I don't trust their testing standard. It's like a slap in the face of (those countries). "Logically, the answer is yes (to such conversions involving tests), but politically, the answer is no," he said. The traffic police haven't finished their review on licensing procedures but an update is expected in the middle of next year. Whatever direction they might lean towards, I hope the parties can address motorists' concerns and look into the conversion process for all foreign vehicle licences, including those for cars and bikes. http://www.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story20120709-357958.html
  5. For many many months, there were tiny cockroaches in my kitchen. Killed a lot of them but they keep on coming back. Don't know where their 'nest' is. A month ago, a lizard appear in the house. Quite a fat one. And all the cockroaches disappeared! I am thinking of not killing the lizard but keeping it in the house, as it help me to get rid of all the cockroaches and other insects.
  6. ..Facebook user apologises for calling MRT commuters “peasants” . .By Kai Fong ..PostsWebsite..By Kai Fong | Yahoo! Newsroom – Tue, Jun 5, 2012.. The man who drew flak for calling MRT users “common people” on his Facebook page has apologised for his “thoughtless remark”. In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Nicholas-Seth Leong, 30, expressed his regret over the incident, which sparked a public outcry amid growing concerns of elitist behaviour in Singapore. “I would like to apologise to everyone for the comment made and any offense it may have caused,” said Leong, who declined to reveal his occupation. “It was a private comment made in reference to an inside joke among friends. We, like many people, occasionally make jokes caricaturing politics and politicians,” he added and stressed that “no insult was ever intended”. In his Facebook status update posted last Thursday, Leong had talked about his experience of connecting with “the peasantry” after he had taken the train earlier that day, only his second time this year. “I had a meeting this morning out of office. My boss told me we’d take the train down,” he wrote. “I told him it’s the second time I’m taking MRT this year, it’s my first time in Clarke Quay MRT, it’ll be my first time to Dhoby Ghaut MRT in 2 years, and whenever I take the MRT, my friends cheer and say they’ll need to buy the lottery.” Leong continued in a comment on his own status, “I feel my own angst riding with common people. But I suppose it’s good to get the feel from the ground every now and then to connect with the peasantry." His comments quickly drew a flurry of reaction online. Among the many offended by Leong’s “elitism” was Yahoo! reader Andrew Tay, a sales manager who takes public transport on a daily basis. Tay said, “What makes (Leong’s post) so bad is that this is probably the worst time in Singapore history to make such an offensive comment, not only because of the sky-rocketing COE prices but also because of the recent spate of breakdowns, which fuels resentment when the public-transport system is already strained.” The 32-year-old added it would be “best if he (Leong) could come out and make a public apology”. When contacted, one of Leong’s former colleagues, who declined to be named, revealed that Leong often appeared “amicable and friendly on the surface, but had a rather low sense of self-awareness in that he would try to appear and behave the richest and most successful amongst his peers”. “This has sometimes caused strong but subtle sense of resentment between him and those who were around him,” he continued, before adding that he “wasn't at all surprised” to see Leong’s post. According to this ex-co worker, Leong drives an old Honda Civic and lives in a HDB flat. Earlier media reports that referred to Leong’s Linkedin account said that he graduated from Temasek Polytechnic and is currently working as a “Customer Service Professional” at The Law Society of Singapore. The account and his Facebook page have since been deleted. While Leong declined to provide more details, he told Yahoo! Singapore that he understood why people were offended by his “misconstrued” comment. “I do regret that thoughtless remark, and I realise that one should not even joke about such things as it is insensitive, and it is so easy for it to be taken out of context and misunderstood,” he said. http://sg.news.yahoo.com/facebook-user-apologises-for-calling-mrt-commuters-%E2%80%9Cpeasants%E2%80%9D.html
  7. Check out the definition by Propnex, any property below $2 million is mass market "PropNex said the new measures could have been targeted to preserve affordable pricing in the mass market segment - homes costing less than S$2 million where prices have surpassed S$1,000 psf." http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporebusinessnews/view/1170127/1/.html
  8. yes you are right...price is the determinant...not the distance from city centre.. mass market condos can be near city centre.. however, during bad times, it can be below $1000psf instead of $1300psf
  9. Much has been mentioned about banks have a floor term in their SOR mortgage packages. This means even if SOR fall to -0.5%, it is still considered as 0. So if you loan is 0.8% + SOR, it will not be 0.8 minus 0.5 = 0.3% but still stay at 0.8%. But I cannot find the floor term in my contract. Mine is OCBC Bank. Any one using OCBC SOR?
  10. when u say pipings, u referring to the sewerage pipings?
  11. contemplating that...just wan to make sure it is the toilet bowl problem
  12. if there is a leak, can the smell goes off after 2 hrs?
  13. then no smell at all dun think there is sewage clogged
  14. cannot be my nose, cos it happen every day. those blue round things (odourless) - i am using them
  15. mmmm....i really dunno.. but when i **** at other places..eg hotels or office toilets, no smell at all after flushing leh... also, i find the stain on sim siang choon manufactured toilets more difficult to get rid too when i said sim siang choon toilets, i am referring to their own house brands