Former Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, remains critically ill at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), since admitted on February 5th, 2015, due to severe pneumonia. According to AsiaOne news, his condition has deteriorated further since admission.
His wife passed away five years ago on October 2010.
Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The road for the last 4 decades was tough, as our forefathers started building the nation to be one of the developed countries in the world. There is the world-class Changi Airport, one of the busiest shipping port, multi-racial living in harmony – all not to be taken for granted.
To commemorate this special day, the Singapore government has announced 7th August 2015 to be a public holiday in Singapore for this year.
Minister Heng Swee Keat, Chairman of the SG50 Steering Committee, said “It is a time for us to show appreciation to our pioneers, to strengthen our ties as one big Singaporean family, and to celebrate all that is special, all that we love, about our home.“
Happy 50th Birthday, Singapore!
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I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2015!
Well, it has been an extremely long time since I blog on my site, and I absolutely feel guilty about it. I am still trying really hard to keep to my commitment to have at least a post written every month. So far, I have kept that record intact since August 2007.
With some time now, I thought of running some regular updates on my WordPress software, upgrading it to version 4.1. Then, I realized that there were several other plugins to be upgraded as well. Taking this opportunity, I simply proceed to write a short blog.
I really do need to keep up with my habit of writing my blog, only then it will keep my interest going. So, hopefully, you (my readers) may get to see more interesting stuffs coming along the way. In the meantime, it’s preparation for Christmas Day in 2014!
A surprising email came into my inbox today – I was invited to join Ello. After several weeks of waiting to try out the entirely new social network, I finally could get my hands on what it claimed to be the next generation, simple, beautiful & ad-free social network.
Without much hesitation, I signed up for it and got myself an instant account. Like other social media networks (e.g. Twitter, FaceBook), I could add friends. Ello made it really simple for me by displaying some of their favourite (recommended) profiles to add (see screenshot below).
This is the first time using Ello, so I am still trying to figure out how to best make use of this social network for my daily stuff. Nonetheless, the 2 best things that come along with it are: 1) no ad, and 2) privacy, by not selling personal data to third parties. Anyway, the bottom line is, with an account, I can invite up to 10 people – so if you are interested, please feel free to contact me.
This year, I celebrated a milestone (x number of years) in my company. As such, I am given an incentive of $500 to reimburse for any selected list of items for personal use. I realized that my home machine is more than 10 years old (Dell Inspiron Laptop 5150), and I do need to have a totally new system. This “opportunity” comes in handy.
After in the IT industry for quite a long time, I come to learn that one can never really keep up with the technology. So, it makes my decision easier – I went for a simple basic home desktop (instead of a laptop) that does not cost anywhere more than S$1000. Given that I do have a working, powerful 22-inch monitor at home (HP w2207h), I basically purchased the bare-bone system.
As a Singaporean citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR), life shouldn’t be that bad. Despite the inflation happening all around the world, prices have been going up in this small island of Southeast Asia. The Singapore government has introduced GST Voucher quite some time ago, and it has still been on-going until today.
In the month of October, I have received a U-Save rebate of S$55 to offset my utilities bill (Singapore Power Services). This is quite significant, considering that U-Save is given out every quarter (the last time I received was in July 2014). Needless to say, it goes by the Flat Type that you are staying in. A smaller size apartment, e.g. 1-room flat, would receive much more U-Save rebate amount as compared to a larger size apartment.
For more information, please visit this site.