Arts & Lifestyle

Movie Reviews, Food Reviews and Arts scene in Singapore

SENIOR JOURNALIST PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE FATHER

He was firm in wanting his children to avoid negative influences. For example, when we just moved from the village to a public flat in Tanglin Halt in the late 1960s, he quickly warned us “not to mix with the drug addict kids at the void deck”.

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PRC GRADUATES UNABLE TO FIND JOBS IN CHINA

Chinese graduate Wang Xiaoqing, 23, earns barely 2,000 yuan (US$325.18) a month at an environmental services firm and has no savings to speak of. A recent marketing graduate from the Northwest University of Politics and Law in Xi'an, the capital of northern Shaanxi province, Wang even relies on his parents for handouts occasionally. "I sent my resume out to more than 10 firms over the past three months before I got a job, "I knew it would be hard and was mentally prepared, but I worry about how I am going to get married or buy a house in the future." While the rapid expansion of higher education in China has led to a sharp rise in the number of unemployed and underemployed graduates over the past few years, the situation has gotten worse this year.

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Impishly, PM Lee…

Prime minister did not bore the audience. He told stories, cracked jokes, presented videos and images on a huge screen to make his points. He is comfortable with technology and seemed empathetic, too, as he singled out members of the audience to talk about their achievements and contributions to Singapore. We also saw what is to come as he outlined plans for the future. Touching on the past, present and future, he gave a sustained narrative that showed how special Singapore is. David Ogilvy the legendary adman said you have to believe in your product to produce a good ad. PM Lee certainly looked a capable pitchman for Singapore, forward-looking, comfortable with technology, experienced, conversant with the past, master of details. The way he pinpointed details on a map of Jurong as he outlined plans to remake it showed his grasp (and, perhaps, his military training).

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After the rally…the buffet

I had to look over the newspapers this morning to find out what I missed. I think it was this point: PM Lee called for a cultural shift – away from chasing grades to valuing a person for his worth and character. He made the point much sharper in his Mandarin speech when he stressed that a university education does not guarantee jobs. And please don’t enrol any old how into any university course which you are not suited for.

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35-YEAR OLD MAN IN CHINA REMOVES MAMMARY GLANDS BECAUSE HE FEARS GETTING BREAST CANCER

A 35-year-old man, surnamed Lin, made headlines after becoming the first man in Jiangcheng, Hubei province to get his mammary gland removed because he feared getting breast cancer, according to Xinhua News. Lin became worried after his mother and sister were diagnosed with the disease one after another. He said his fears were further exacerbated by news of American actress Angelina Jolie getting a double mastectomy (because the fact that a totally unrelated actress has breast cancer affects his chances, somehow).

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INCESTUOUS FAMILY SHOCKS AUSTRALIA

Kimberly, 13, reported sexual contact with her uncle, Dwayne, who was nine years old while her aunt, Carmen, 8, watched on. Sisters Ruth, 7, and Nadia, 9, had sexual touching with their brothers Albert, 15, Jed, 14, and Karl, 12. On one occasion, three brothers aged 14 years and under tied their sister, 8, and niece, 13, naked to a tree. The accounts of incestuous underage sex fill pages of court documents.

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YOUNG SINGAPOREANS ARE NOT APPRECIATIVE OF SINGAPORE!

While I acknowledge that there are some shortcomings in Singapore as no system is perfect, one ought to look at the bigger picture in order to fully appreciate the situation. As we approach our 50th year of independence, it is my hope that young people who do not know the kind of suffering their forefathers went through start appreciating the standard of living in Singapore.

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HDB WEBSITE SAYS MANY NETIZENS ARE IRRESPONSIBLE AND SPREADING RUMOURS

HDB: “CJ” is wrong. All employees of HDB, regardless of their appointments, go through the same process as any other Singaporean applying for an HDB flat. They do not get any special priority in balloting for flats, nor any other perks related to purchasing an HDB flat. All applications are also put through a computer ballot to determine the queue number for flat application, and every ballot is witnessed and endorsed by auditors.

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