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Ya Kun Kaya Toast Set for Lunch

February 18, 2008 · Posted in Rant Corner · Comments Off on Ya Kun Kaya Toast Set for Lunch 

Ya Kun LogoI did not know what to eat for lunch, eventually I decided to trot down to Orchard Road. Then, deciding to keep my diet, I felt maybe some light lunch will do. So, no more rice, noodles or stuffs like that.

Then, Ya Kun Kaya Toast Set just happened to ring on my head. Without hesitation, I proceeded to ground floor of Far East Plaza to order myself a set. It was nice, but thought the eggs could make my cholesterol level high, as I already had eggs in the morning.

That’s not all; in order not to let my fats grow out of my tummy, I walked my way back to office instead of taking the bus! It’s good, healthy and allows one to keep fit. Furthermore, it save transportation cost.

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Invitation to Pan Pacific Hotel Lo Hei Lunch

February 18, 2008 · Posted in Anything · Comments Off on Invitation to Pan Pacific Hotel Lo Hei Lunch 

God of WealthLast Thursday, I was invited to a high-class Lo-Hei lunch at Pan Pacific Hotel. That meal was incredible. Coupled with a few interesting performance of dragon and lion dances, the lunch kicked off with the traditional Lo Hei (or ??).

Traditional ingredient includes fresh salmon, daikon (white radish), carrot, red pepper (capsicum), ginger, daun limau nipis (leaves from lime tree), Chinese parsley, chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, Chinese shrimp crackers (or fried dried shrimp), five spice powder; with the dressing primarily made from plum sauce.

This particular dish is served as an appetiser to raise ‘good luck‘ for the new year and is usually eaten on Renri (??), the seventh day of the Chinese New Year.

Colleagues and friends gather around the table and, on cue, proceeded to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying some auspicious words (???) to mark the start of a prosperous new year. It is belief that the louder you shout, the more prosperous the new year will be.

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Wayne Rooney Tears Arsenal Apart With His Return From Suspension

February 17, 2008 · Posted in English Football · Comments Off on Wayne Rooney Tears Arsenal Apart With His Return From Suspension 

Wayne RooneyAfter serving his automatic suspension for picking up 5 yellow cards, Wayne Rooney returns to produce a virtuoso solo display against Arsenal in the FA Cup tie, with a 4-0 win at Old Trafford.

Arsenal suffered the most, right from the start, with both sides making changes in preparation for the next Champion League match. Manchester United returned to winning style after the 1-2 loss against Manchester City last weekend.

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Wife of Venture Corp Chairman Slaps Singapore Air Stewardess

February 16, 2008 · Posted in Rant Corner · Comments Off on Wife of Venture Corp Chairman Slaps Singapore Air Stewardess 

Hand Slap

Don’t get me wrong; I am not against rich people, but does status and fame mean you have the rights to lay your hands on another civilian? In my opinion, that’s physical abuse! Mdm Tan Siew Hoon is the wife of Ventura Corp Chairman, Wong Ngit Liong, a wealthy and influential businessman.

This couple was on a flight on board Singapore Airlines (SIA). Ms Then Jiamin, an SIA air stewardess and the victim of the assault, was carrying out her duty serving passengers on the business class. Reports have quoted that Ms Then merely spoke to Mr Wong and Mdm Tan was unhappy about that, shouted at her saying “Why are you talking to my husband?…” and later gave her a slap.

After that incident, Ms Then wanted to seek redress from Mdm Tan, who refused to accede to her request for compensation and statement of apology. Her refusal simply signalled that her action was right. As a result, Ms Then proceeded ahead to engage a lawyer and file a lawsuit against Mdm Tan. During that period of time, Mdm Tan must be thinking that a young flight attendant like her will not have the guts and capability to do that; but I guess she was wrong.

Reports have also suggested that SIA responded with “No Comment” towards this matter, perhaps not wanting to involve the (SIA) company’s reputation. Now, how good a company stands in the corporate world, is also factored as how good the company treats its own employees. I do not understand SIA’s respond, but if they are drawing a line between them and Ms Then, then how is SIA going to attract employees to join the company? Furthermore, the reputation of SIA would be further tarnished by giving out a signal that “…we welcome physical content with any of our staffs, as we provide quality service on board our plane…“. This is, no wonder, SIA pilots had once staged a protest against the corporate company several years ago.

As for Mdm Tan, a slap is considered a physical abuse; and its action is concrete with medical evidence and eye witnesses on board the aircraft. This is irregardless of any emotional attachment, but such action is punishable by law; just as Paris Hilton is not allowed to escape jail terms at the end. The more that you are well-off, the more that you should carry yourself properly in public.

If justice is there, one should think back about the boy (or guy by now), Michael Faye, who thought (or is still thinking) that his act of vandalism is a symbolic of strength, just because he’s an American, then with the backing of his country and President Bill Clinton. The bottom line is, good deeds reap rewards, and bad deeds are presented with punishment. He still did not escape caning.

Last but not least, justice should be addressed and give Ms Then her rights to live as a human being in a civilised world.

Sunday, February 17, 2008 Update

The Sunday Times has covered part of this issue on page 8. Regarding the case, it was reported that the case has been filed in the Subordinate Courts, where the maximum fine that may be awarded is $250,000.

Once again, SIA declined to comment on this matter, despite several interviews have carried out on some stewards and stewardesses.

In my opinion, that amount of money is peanuts to the couple. I’m not simply taking the wealth of the accused into consideration, but rather their influential status into account. Ask a question of why Singapore came up with a policy for offenders to do PWO (Public Work Order) when they littered? To the rich, the fine is simply nothing, and they continued to do so at their own pleasure.

The fine did little to help the cause of the incident, as if required, Madam Tan can reproduce as many $250,000 if she wants to. The benefit from this ruling, if eventually is the case, is only that Ms Then gets a quarter of a million richer. Madam Tan’s attitude towards people would still be the same.

In order to safeguard SIA’s reputation in the global status and its employees from being able to provide top-class quality service to their customers, this court ruling should make this as a precedence.

Even the Sunday Times claimed that SIA air stewardesses should talk to the wives or girlfriends first before communicating with the male counterparts. How on earth is that going to be possible without lower efficiency of the service? Do you mean air stewards and stewardesses have to memorise every passengers on the plane, as who are related to who? The suggestion provided by an interviewee in the Sunday Times is absolutely preposterous! Secondly, this simply means sub-standard; male passengers are not getting any better, or perhaps, less friendlier service from the airline.

However, I do agree with one final comment,

“…The best way to avoid problems is to treat passengers equally and not give anyone special treatment…”

And, that is should be the way.

Background Information

  • Ventura Corp is Singapore’s second largest contract manufacturer in making computer and printer parts for some of the world’s top technological firms.
  • Madam Tan Siew Hoon is married to chairman of Ventura Corp, Mr Wong Ngit Liong.

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Revival of My Site

February 16, 2008 · Posted in Rant Corner · Comments Off on Revival of My Site 

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After more than 72 hours, I have found out the quick fix to restore my Drupal site. I made a MySQL edit to remove the error that was causing problem to the table “sessions” and “access_log“.

I could have done the long method by uploading the previous workable backup but it seems to be a long procedure. Hence, what I did was to empty all the entries in the sessions and access_log.

Amazingly, that helps to reduce my SQL file size by an incredible 20MB! That was huge, no wonder it is causing problems to the database my site. Well, anyway I am happy that it’s back up and running.

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Gallery of posts up to 02-14-2008

February 15, 2008 · Posted in Thumb Gallery · Comments Off on Gallery of posts up to 02-14-2008 

Journal Thumbnail Gallery

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Did Someone Just Hacked My Site?

February 15, 2008 · Posted in Rant Corner · 1 Comment 

Drupal SQL Error

This is strange; did someone attempted to hack into my Drupal site yesterday? The screenshot above was what I see this morning when I opened up my windows. This is really irritating, I could have easily let it function on its own, but somehow or another, things won’t let me have some rest.

Looks like I have to spend (or waste) some time into fixing this site; which is one of the revenue-generating sites that I have.

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My Nokia 3310

February 14, 2008 · Posted in Inventory · 1 Comment 

Nokia 3310I cannot remember since when did I own this mobile phone, but the Nokia 3310 has been with me for a long time. Despite the latest gadgets and innovation in today’s mobile phone, I still fancy using the Nokia 3310, as it left a deep impression as the most durable and robust mobile phone that I have ever known.

Ask anyone around, you will come to realise that Nokia 3310 can be dropped, smashed, hit and thrown and it will still work as normal, despite a bit of cosmetic defect from the damage. This simply shows how much Nokia has focus on long-lasting and durability of this mobile phone.

Although this is not my current primary mobile phone, I still have it by my side. The reason that I hardly use this is because of is low battery life, which I could simply purchase a new battery and replace the one in the phone. However, I do have other phones as well; so I guess this will be used as a backup until when necessary.

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