SINGAPORE, MY HOME, WHERE I BELONG

To the uninitiated, let me break it down for you. There are generally two kinds of expats - those that earn top dollar and live in swanky black and white homes just like how the British of old used to, and those who live in 3-roomed HDB flats, are employed on local terms, have (and use) their EZ-link cards on a daily basis, and own several sets of the standard Ah Pek uniform. You know, the standard issue - white tattered Double Pagoda singlets with matching (or not) Bata slippers. My man belongs to the latter group. To say that he blends in is an understatement. He orders kaya toasts and kopi-c-kosong without me having to hold his hand. He's a regular local angmoh, he is.

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THE PR CASE FOR ANTON CASEY

So Singapore’s most reviled expat Anton Casey has hired Fulford, a public relations firm, to burnish his tattered image. His “case’’ has made headlines in the United Kingdom so that his home country knows what a loud lout he’s been in Singapore. Even his company has come out to distance itself from him. Since he has apologised etc and we good Singaporeans should really move on but can’t seem to, here’s some unsolicited advice for his PR firm to help out their client.

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SMRT Blames Train Driver for Causing Train Fault on East-West Line

SINGAPORE — A service disruption on the East West Line that lasted for more than an hour yesterday (Jan 22) occurred after a train captain “bypassed a signal point without authorisation”, triggering automatic safety measures, SMRT said in a press release today. “A trackside fault developed at 10.12pm on Jan 22 after a train captain bypassed a signal point without authorisation. Safety measures kicked in and as a result, train service was disrupted between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations,” it said in its statement.

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ARE THESE CAUCASIANS REAL FOREIGN TALENTS?

I know a Brit who runs an investment firm for private clients. Basically, it is a one-man office. Unfortunately, we belong to the same alma mater, but he is on the dark side. It was ugly, but it was an example of foreign trash, not talent. What makes this matter disgraceful is the people supporting this Brit are Singaporeans who are engulfed by greed. To give this Brit the benefit of the doubt, maybe he is talented to con. Shall I call him "Con Artist"?

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PAP MINISTER K SHANMUGAM RESPONDS TO ANTON CASEY INCIDENT

I have been asked what I thought of Mr Anton Casey and his statements. Like many Singaporeans, I am terribly upset and offended by what he has posted. Deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable. Those who have done well in life should always be looking out for others - especially the less well-off or needy. It is basic human decency. Instead Mr Casey showed contempt. Having money and a Porsche, does not automatically mean that one is superior. Character is important.

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Singapore: Why is Ayer Rajah Expressway AYE instead of ARE?

So I actually asked Land Transport Authority, not expecting them to entertain such a Bo Liao (frivolous) question. It's good to know someone in the government actually has a sense of humour too.
Forgive our delay in replying to your 5 December email query but we did need some time to find the source to answer your question. The acronym for expressways is derived from the first letter of the first two syllables, followed by the first letter of the last word.

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Singapore secondary school student apologises after video of him scolding teacher goes viral

A Spectra Secondary School student has apologised after a video of him scolding his teacher in class spread online. The clip, which is a minute and 45 seconds long, was first uploaded to a page on Facebook called “All Singapore Stuff" on Tuesday, where it caught the attention of Internet users here. The school has met the student, as well as the one who took the video, and "both students regret their actions", a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Thursday.

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EXPERIENCES WITH COCKY BRITISH EXPATS

He pulled my sleeve and told me to boldly cross the busy street when we were Hong Kong, telling me that he is "Kwai Lo" (Hong Kong term for expat) and nobody will dare run him down. And he was right. The van screeched to a halt and we made it across the street safely. I turned to apologize to the driver but he just waddled off. I was shocked that he was so confident that he would get the same treatment in any Asian country, since he has worked in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore. For the first time, I regretted employing him as our CFO.

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North Korea Lands First Ever Man On The Sun, Confirms Central News Agency

THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3am this morning. While on the sun, Mr. Hung collected sun spot samples to bring back to his supreme leader as a present. The 18 hour mission is already being called the ‘greatest human achievement of our time’ by the North Korean central news agency.

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Trespass incident: MPs call for review of border security

Urging the authorities to review and step up border security, Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday expressed shock and disappointment at the recent breach at the Woodlands Checkpoint, which saw a Malaysian woman drive into Singapore, evade immigration clearance and stay here for three days before she was arrested for trespassing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The woman has been charged with criminal trespass and has been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric evaluation, the police said.

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