Bird corner trills again


The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2008

Bird corner trills again

Birdsong returned to the famous Tiong Bahru bird corner at the former Block 53 yesterday after a seven-year silence, when the area underwent redevelopment.

At the finals of a bird-singing competition organised by Link Hotel, merbuk jambuls performed in their cages, under the watchful eye of judge Tang Yew Weng.

In total, 360 birds were entered in the contest. They were judged on their volume and how they displayed themselves in their cages.

Cute advertisement: "rumour has it" -

See the photo of the advertisement above? Taken from the weekend TODAY. I like how the 1-page ad involves many people of all ages, of all races--and how it's humorously circular (the lady who started the rumour is the 'final' receiver of the rumour. Cute.)

Anyway, I'm curious of this and after a little confusion while navigating the site, I managed to download 1 e-book, "Mine All Mine" written by Adam Davies. Haha. It does work!

Now I just need to find time to read it. *grin*

openers japan article november

my latest article for openers japan for november is up. as the theme is "new york city", i chose to expound on what it means to be a "new yorker". identity is an issue everyone deals with on some level everyday and writing this article made it painfully clear how difficult it is [to write about]! for example, i've always identified as a new yorker more strongly than as an american. i grew up with people who felt identifying as jewish or catholic was more important than other categorization. for me now, am i more designer or businessman? i think these are all very important things to self analyze, but my optimistic point of the article is that in a city like new york, the identity of "new yorker" has the power to transcend divisive traditional differences in larger global society. a bit naïve?

part 2 of this article will include short interviews with 3 people who are new yorkers born and raised somewhere else.

link to the article in japanese is here.

photo from my iphone this summer on the promenade at battery park city.

Escape to Egypt with SMRT...and with Angelina Jolie??

Many of us--who use a bus or SMRT as our favourite means of transport, and not to say, the only means of transport--will definitely have come across this poster (the screenshot above) of the contest by SMRT. Titled "Escape to Egypt with SMRT"--details of the contest can be found in, the poster features four people of whom one has uncanny resemblance with...Angelina Jolie??

Correct me if I'm wrong. Perhaps I have paid too much attention on her two strands of hair falling (just at the right place) on her face.

studio visitors: hiroki otsuka and ricky jackson

i'm posting this late, but thanksgiving and having family in town has eaten up as much time as i've eaten turkey and stuffing.

the wednesday before thanksgiving was a busy day at the nooka studio. first, my parents stopped by for lunch. then my favorite erotic manga artist, hiroki otsuka came to use our facilities while he was in the hood. later, ricky [of accessory designer twins dee and ricky] came by to talk shop. it was great to see hiroki's new artwork and it was also great to hear what ricky was up to with his biz. i'm really impressed with dee and ricky and hope they can maintain the momentum and leverage the current attention into a thriving business – something which feels like they are going to accomplish. they have great attitudes, drive, good-looks – which are three nice ingredients to have in one dish! the white zub looks great on ricky as well.

hiroki has a friend casting a skateboarder documentary tried to get ricky in on that, but i hear they went with an older skater to cover in the piece...oh well! also, notice the ephemeral art hiroki left on my wip-off board...also, if you're interested in the watch ricky is wearing, it's the white zen zub 20 available here.

"aidha" founder, Dr. Sarah Mavrinac named Singapore's Social Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008

She really deserves that recognition. I blogged some time back about one organization called "aidha". I was impressed then & still am, now.

Every Sunday, a small office in Nassim Road is packed with more than 100 migrant women workers, mostly maids, who gather there for computer workshops, seminars on managing their

finances and courses on business skills.

These classes are run by a non-profit school founded by an American, Dr Sarah Mavrinac (below), 47, a former finance lecturer at business school Insead here.

A Singapore permanent resident (PR), the Harvard graduate moved here with her family seven years ago to teach finance at the Singapore campus.

The mother of two gave up her five-

figure salary and founded Aidha - Sanskrit for 'that to which we aspire' - where she runs courses with the help of volunteers, including university lecturers.

While teaching had been satisfying, she said 'this project has given me the opportunity to give back to the community and to women'.

On Friday, she was named Singapore's Social Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 at an awards ceremony at the Fusionopolis research centre in Buona Vista.

From Straits Times, "PR lauded for biz with a heart".

Yoga: OK in Singapore, OK (if without chant) in Malaysia, Maybe OK in Indonesia

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has said Muslims can continue to practise yoga solely for its health and physical benefits, while ensuring that their Islamic faith is properly observed.

MUIS issued this statement to clarify its stand on yoga in response to media queries.

Good news for Singapore Muslims here indeed. Compare that to the recent "ban Yoga!" in Malaysia.

Still it's a good thing that the Prime Minister of Malaysia finally choose to speak up about the issue. He has declared: Yoga for Muslims OK without chant. Yay!

In other news, Indonesia has begun to wonder whether they too need to ban Yoga. Boo! Some people do need to learn from other countries about what would happen if something is just banned without valid justifications.

The "Deccan Mujahedeen" attack in Mumbai | A Singaporean hostage killed

Latest news on the terror attack: A Singaporean held hostage at Mumbai's Oberoi Hotel was killed.

Singapore's Foreign Ministry has said 28-year-old Lo Hwei Yen, a Singaporean held hostage in one of the Mumbai hotels, has been killed.

At a news conference late Friday night, officials confirmed her body was found on the 19th floor of the Oberoi Hotel.

She is believed to be the the first Singaporean victim of a terror attack.

Jai Sohan Singh, director, Consular Directorate, Singapore Foreign Affairs Ministry, said: "We were told at about 8 o'clock this evening that there was a possibility that a body has been found matching the description of Ms Lo. A final confirmation was made by the husband only at 2135 hours this evening."

Details of what actually happened remain sketchy.

However, Mr Singh did give an outline of how the situation played out.

He said that the terrorists conveyed a message through Ms Lo to Singapore's mission in India for the Indian parliament.

He elaborated: "As you would have read in the Indian media, the terrorists demanded that the Indian authorities refrain from storming the Oberoi Hotel, otherwise they would harm her...We ask for your understanding that we could not confirm this earlier, as the situation at that time was fluid and fast evolving. It was not appropriate at that (time) for us to do this for operational reasons."

Ms Lo, who is a lawyer at a Singapore-based offshore law firm, was in Mumbai on a working trip.

Heartfelt condolences to her husband, Mr. Michael Puhaindran & her family. We all want to see these decadent terrorists, the "Deccan Mujahedeen" brought to justice. Soon.

More about the attack:
- ChannelNewsAsia Special Reports on Mumbai Attack
- AsiaOne Mumbai Terrorised
- Straits Times (ST) on timeline of the mayhem
- ST on previous attacks in India for the last 5 years
- ST on how the Mumbai attack casualties compared to others
- ST on map to the violence
- ST on Seige [sic] ends, 195 dead

Fly By Night 2008 - X Rated

The theme/title/stimulus/trigger for this year's Fly By Night Video Challenge is 'X'. Pin Pin holds it up proudly. If I did that, I cannot smile like her in such a composed manner. It would be a very mischievous smirk.
My ex-tuition student Gregory (middle one) found his way into Fly By Night.
If I am not wrong, the shirt is hiding an ao dai (Vietnamese dress).Pin Pin looks like she is giving one-to-one instructions to this attentive girl.
They are dressed to win.

music through art

Hern just came back from bangkok having a piece of art work exhibited in this exhibition " music through art" run by art republic gallery which is located in penninsula plaza.

his work was sold on the opening party but it will be there until next month.. Bravo!!

พี่เหิรเพิ่งกลับมาจากแสดงงานศิลปะกลุ่ม ชื่องาน music through art ที่แกลอรี่ อาร์ต รีพับลิค ใน เพนนินซูลา พลาซ่า
งานของพี่เหิรมีคนซื้อทันทีในวันเปิดงาน แต่จะมีจัดแสดงต่อไปก่อนจนถึงกลางเดือนมค 52

'Tis the Season for Giving: Christmas for Payatas!

How many of us hear about Payatas before? You can't even find a Wikipedia entry about the place. Heck, is that even a place?

The Payatas dump is located in the suburbs of Manila, 20 km away from the central area of the city. It is called Smoky Valley after Smoky Mountain, the biggest garbage dump in the Phillipines and one of the three biggest slums in the world. Smoky Mountain was dismantled by the government in 1995.

Smoky Valley is 70 ha large where 3,000 ton of garbage is brought in every day. Around Smoky Valley, approximately 92,000 scavengers (18,000 families) live. Most of them are illegal squatters who have lost their job in poor farming villages.

Most of the scavengers collect the usable items, that is, paper, plastic, empty cans, aluminum, vinyl and so on, from the garbage, sell them to ragmen to make their living.

Read more about Payatas: here.

Sad, isn't it? Granted it's financial crisis sweeping the world, but that should not be an excuse to realize there are others, who despite the economic up & down, are living in such a harsh environment. And by 'harsh', I mean, real harsh...

Yes,'ve got the picture. So you want to do you part, but you don't know how? Okay, you can do so by visiting this site, Christmas for Payatas & you can donate directly there. (As per today, 28/11/08, 4:04 pm, the amount of the donation is US$72,839.30)

Wait a minute, you have no money to contribute as you too are affected by the latest financial crisis? (Who isn't?!)

Well, the very least, you can try to spread the word about Christmas for Payatas. (You're serious that you can't even spare $1???)

Many have been doing their part. From a celebrity like Ms. Zora Andam (Miss Universe Runner Up, Best in National Costume 1st runner-up in 2001), businessman Mr. Paul Ting (CEO for Fusionexcel), politician Mr. Sonny Belmonte (Mayor for Quenzon City), Congressman Mat Defensor, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Sen. Pres. Manny Villar to Ray Parlour (Arsenal Player) & Lee Sharpe (Manchester United).

Check out their appealing for Christmas for Payatas in their YouTube clip here.

You too can help!!

Another entry to Hall of Shame of those who abuse their maid...Presenting: Yim Pek Ha

The jail term is real harsh & just...just! Three counts of abuse, punishable with 20 years' jail each. Maid-abusers-wannabes will definitely re-consider their evil, sick intention.

Malaysian woman was convicted on Thursday of inflicting horrific wounds on her Indonesian maid, scalding her with hot water and pressing an iron on her back and breasts.

Sessions Court Judge Akhear Tahir found former flight attendant Yim Pek Ha guilty of three counts of abusing her maid Nirmala Bonat, with each charge carrying a penalty of 20 years' imprisonment.


The sentence is to be handed down later on Thursday, after the defence puts in mitigation arguments in an attempt to lessen the penalty.

From Straits Times, "Guilty of maid abuse".

Update on 28/11/08: the criminal punished for 18-year jail.

I Disclose!

In my attempt to learn more about 'sitewide disclosure' (yes, somebody still owes me the reply. heh), I chanced upon this site, You can generate your own Disclosure Policy with 6 easy steps.

Here's mine:

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15-year-old boy who suicided over failed CCA switch, had sms-ed his friend a day before?!

And yet the friend did nothing to warn the boy's parents???

Staff Sgt Chng said that a day before, Wen Yi had sent a classmate a text message in which he said he was going to commit a crime - jump off a building as a 'final feat of rebellion' and let his craziness be known to the world. 'Will you as a friend accompany me on this day?' he had asked.

From Straits Times, "Boy jumped over CCA".

He could have been saved...If only...

Fined? Fine!

The sequel to Another "Do Not" in Singapore: Do Not Wear a T-Shirt showing a kangaroo dressed in judge's robes. Jail for the trio: 7 days for the duo & 15 days for the, uhm, solo. The older you're, the more jail term you'll get. Perhaps because you're supposed to be wiser, mister!

Three men who wore T-shirts depicting a kangaroo dressed in judge's robes and found to be in contempt of court were sentenced on Thursday.

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) assistant secretary-general John Tan Liang Joo, 47, was jailed for 15 days, while the other two - full-time national serviceman Muhammad Shafi'ie Syahmi Sariman, 20, and activist Isrizal Mohamed Isa, 33 - were sentenced to seven days jail each.

All three also have to pay the Attorney-General costs of $5,000.
From Straits Times, "T-shirt trio jailed".

But the fine could have been worse. Compare the amount to WSJ Asia which was recently slapped with a fine of $25,000 for contempt of court for its three articles. Of course for WSJ, there's no jail term meted for the publisher (and for sure, that amount of $25,000 is nothing for WSJ).

i feel like a real fashion brand

i feel like a real fashion brand because we are having our very first sample sale!

Timeshare scares: Civil servant wasted $34,000 on timeshare deals

The timeshare companies mentioned in the article are Emperor Resorts International, Crown Holiday Exchange (the same with Discovery VIII?), Axial Management (which later renamed as PlatinumBiz Financial Solution).

During the 90-minute interview, Madam Alice kept shaking her head, fretting over how much money and time she had invested in timeshares.

She now plans to contact Case and hire a lawyer to help her decide her next move.

She said: 'I should not have been so gullible.

'I feel very upset and angry with myself for having spent so much money.

She said that in 2002, she was not aware of any bad publicity involving timeshares.

From Asiaone, "Civil servant wasted $34,000 on timeshare deals".

'The Sun Rising' by Lai Weijie - In Production

It is almost dawn and a young girl cries as she watches the darkness fade. Her father awakes and their estranged relationship plays out in what turns out to be a post-apocalyptic world where they could be the remaining humans with a mysterious fear and attraction towards the rising sun.

That is if you are wondering what's the story behind this picture. I met (Lai) Weijie, the director of this film, at Kopitiam after a screening and found out he is from the Tisch School of Arts for film. This is production period for them. So expect more production stories from Tisch.
Jeremy Sing (J) : I took a look at your photos. Very nice, very cinematographic and intriguing. One of the first things I am itching to say is your actors look very good and full of character... How come i have never seen them in any local films? Instead we keep seeing the same old faces to death?
Weijie (W) : Sofia Hurst, the British-Italian actress that plays the daughter, is from the acting school Centre Stage. John Lofthouse, who played the father, was the head of the theatre department at School of the Arts. He has just retired. Fernanda Martinez, who plays the apparition of the mother, hails from Brazil. I've previously worked with Chen Zhaojing (part of the comedy duo "Big Nose" and "Big Mouth", popular in the 80's) and Sarah Tan (from Channel V). I find it rewarding to cast widely.
J : What is this production about?
W : The film was inspired by the John Donne poem "The Sun Rising."
J : Were you given any restrictions on story or themes on your film ? W : For our second year short film, we were given total freedom.
J : Where in Singapore is this place? It look very foreign.
W : The two locations I shot at were located in Punggol. The field is near to the Oasis LRT Station, and the house is known as "The Matilda House", and is located about 400 metres away from the Punggol MRT Station.
J : You have Ang Moh actors acting like lost, homeless people, my first feeling was is this set in Singapore? So is it?
W : The film is not set in any particular country. J : What inpsired you to do this story?
W : A newspaper article a while ago about a man who wants to tie himself up before sleeping because he molested his daughter while sleepwalking in the past.
J : What kind of films do you like to make? What themes do u like?
W : It is easier to tell you what kind of films I like to watch. My favourite directors are Theo Angelopoulos, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Shunji Iwai, and Gus Van Sant. While preparing for this film, I watched "Eternity and a Day", "Tony Takitani", and "The Passenger".
J : Do you have a feature film idea in mind?
W : Yes, I am currently writing the script with my collaborator, and we hope to shoot in 2010.

Malaysia (maybe) boleh: Alternative version of yoga!

Hate to gloat & to say this, but see, I told you so. Perlis Mufti Dr Asri Zainul Abidin said the National Fatwa Council should have offered an alternative version of yoga instead of banning Muslims from practising the ancient form of exercise. Finally, someone (else) with a sound mind.

Read also Straits Times, "Some forms of yoga 'OK'".

Another "Do Not" in Singapore: Do Not Wear a T-Shirt showing a kangaroo dressed in judge's robes

Especially not within and in the vicinity of the New Supreme Court Building. No, fools! It apparently constitutes as a contempt of court.

The (in)famous trio--full-time national serviceman Muhammad Shafi'ie Syahmi Sariman, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) assistant secretary-general John Tan Liang Joo, and activist Isrizal Mohamed Isa--should have known what "kangaroo court" means & yet, they're fearless (some might scornfully say: stupid & suicidal) to don that T-shirt some time between May 26 and May 28 at the Supreme Court.

The T-Shirt, in question, is now valued extremely high in ebay. Yeah, right. Just kidding...(but making a mental note to check out ebay later. Heh)

Anyway, I must concede it is not a matter of Singapore Law being lack of humour. Humour & Law are not supposed to mix, I guess. Imagine, what if someone tries to be 'funny' & prints some T-Shirts making fun of these 3 people? (The hell I am going to be specific in what possible captions of the T-Shirts & the design-wise!) Would the three be able to accept that with, perhaps, a grin? Or will that someone be dragged to court as well for defamation?

Both are possible, but I'm not keen to find out the answer.

Read also:
1) Straits Times, "T-shirt trio found in contempt"
2) ChannelNewsAsia, "3 Singaporeans to be sentenced for contempt of court"

Clear (now, it is) Channel ad: The Steel Within

The above photo of the ad is the follow-up of the first one (which by the way, didn't tell anything at all, except for the cryptic caption of "The Steel Within).

Now the ad has a more text of "Do You Have the Steel Within?", followed by a much smaller font of an URL "". It seems that they're recruiting. Hooray!! After so much negativity surrounding Singapore job market--what, with those recently retrenched in DBS, NOL, and Citigroup--it's nice to see some companies are actively recruiting. Heh.

noo from nooka, the zon

as seen on kanye west's blog earlier last week, here is my post for my newest design – the zon. i really must say, i am very happy with this design. it's our heaviest and largest time piece to date yet feels weightless on my wrist. i was skeptical about designing a butterfly clasp for one of my designs because it is more difficult to adjust than our previous models, but now i am sold – it has a nice glam appeal! here is some real press release ready copy:

the zon is a luxury digital world-time watch with an intuitive graphical interface as well as numeric display.

the unique graphical display gives an intuitive experience of the progression of with one minute blocks that fills the display every 12 hours. one can easily toggle to a standard numeric display in either 12-hour or 24-hour formats as well as get the time in 24 cities around the world.

the strap alignment allows both left handed and right handed individuals to achieve a perfect fit on their wrist. tool to change the alignment to flush left, flush right or center is included. buy yours here, or at fine nooka stockists.

the weight, size and flush alignment of the design is extremely comfortable for an oversized time piece.

leather models come with a stainless steel butterfly closure. the silver model has a standard metal mesh strap.

this will launch in december during art basel in miami, ddc lab in NYC and los angeles. i will update this blog with launch party details and a link on where to buy soon. SRP is $650.US buy yours here, or at fine nooka stockists.

read the great comments on kanye's blog here.

guilty pleasure: online communities

i have a confession: i am addicted to facebook. i resisted for quite a while enduring "i can't believe of all people that you are not on facebook" from my friend ilisa every time i saw her. even after i succumbed, i was resistant to it, ignoring most messages and the idiotic 'pokes' and 'karma points' etc., but slowly, i learned how to find the value in the site though i must say, i still ignore anything requiring me to download a useless app [thank goodness people aren't using 'funwall' anymore!].

that said, it is not the first community website i've joined. i've been on mixi in japan for a few years, and when i joined that it was far more sophisticated than facebook. now facebook has evolved and surpassed mixi and i find i can't tolerate the annoying layers of approval screens in mixi to post anything, even sending a message. i thought mixi was a great way to stay in touch with my friends in japan, but it seems everyone has grown tired of the lack of innovation in the site and i hardly log onto it anymore.

now, i do realize that part of the attraction is unhealthy – it's an addiction. like all addictions, it's part laziness, in this case, laziness to coordinate real socializing combined with an unhealthy need for attention [an inevitable condition from living in NYC].

having real time communication tools on one page is a value add and it seems like gmail is adding similar tools at a good speed to compete. if you haven't tried video chat on gmail yet, download the plug in RIGHT NOW – the video and sound quality bests skype – no reverb using the internal mic on my laptop!

i also found that there are nooka fan sites on both mixi and facebook! search for nooka on mixi and "love nooka" on facebook. i'm not the moderator, but perhaps one of my blog readers can be proactive with populating that group with posts. let's see if this post makes membership on those groups grow:) are there any others i don't know about?

photo: sydney fairy by matthew waldman, 2007. collection of john engelen, australia.

Fatal Attraction: Teen thrown under train for writing love letter

Mom begs for mercy, watches 'helplessly' as India boy dies in caste conflict:

A teenage Indian boy was thrashed, paraded through the streets with his head shaved and then thrown under a train for daring to write a love letter to a girl from a different caste, police said Thursday.

Manish Kumar, 15, was kidnapped by members of the rival caste on his way to school and was killed as his mother begged for mercy, police in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar said.

Love conquers all...not!

YouTube goes live!

Last Saturday marked the start of YouTube broadcasting live. So will Chad Vader go to YouTube Live? Heh. Sorry. That question is a link to YouTube clip actually. Hilarious. You may also want to check YouTube Live's Channel here.

Dubai developers threw a $20 million party for the launch of Atlantis hotel

Dubai parties at hotel gala despite economic gloom (you have to check out the slideshow photos):
Does this all seem a bit much at a time when much of the world is reeling from the global financial crisis?

Not really, according to Sol Kerzner, the chairman of Kerzner International, which owns the Atlantis hotel.

"If I had it all over again and I understood that the timing was what it was, one might modify a couple of the things ... but not significantly," Kerzner told The Associated Press Thursday. "When you consider $20 million, it's a lot of money (until) you consider it up against establishing a $1.5 billion resort."

Still...what a waste.

animal family hierarchy II

2 years ago, i spoke about the animal family hierarchy in which i was the de facto leader to Rosie’s titled queen-ship in the family. about this, i have a sad tale of caution to all those of you out there who still hold on to the notion that you can aim to please everyone and still remain a cat of influence in a pecking order.

this is the wild west, baby. you may lay your whiskers on down cushions, manicure your spikes on ikea shelving boards and take your bread on a buffet line of vet-approved kibbles. don’t let such entrapments fool you for a second that primal catty nature does not reign like a God-given right in the big-eyed fur ball dozing next to you.

there are now 2 factions in the animal family. not conspicuous to the unobserving human eye but a game of life and death for a cat that is slowly falling out of favour with the queen bee and a tom that spots a certain ill-placed moustache.

the furr-her

yep, Chaplin the kitler is unleashing his mojo (or what’s left of it) on a predominantly matriarchal household up to now. the queen is not relinquishing her regal position just yet but there is definitely a truce treaty being negotiated between staring challenges, snarls, minor skirmishes and chalking of a school yard line down the middle of the animal family. and then unexpectedly, the adversaries give each other a tongue bath like Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.

this sophisticated rivalry between our queen and furr-her brings civilisation to animal family. bar room scuffles and brawls are replaced by parliamentary cunning, back-scratching and treachery as the new rules of engagement.

the black and white bishops are ordained. shrewdly-wired Blackie slides into Chaplin’s quarter while Suede makes good her life-long loyalty to the queen. it is Blackie that makes a direct line to everyone else that softens the clumsy hard edge of her bratty napoleonic furr-her. she is his perfect ally against the Rosie-Suede pairing that is formidably in size and chilly air of superiority.

the black bishop

Calico is the knight-ingale of grace, honour and a higher calling that takes no sides in a war she considers foolish and juvenile. she is the tragic hero that defends and licks wounded egos of fallen warriors as she mulls over their fallen nature.

the knight defends the white bishop

Papa and Fruity stands apart as towers. they are good alliances but they give none and they get none.

the tower

so finally, that leaves Tuxedo, Smally and me to be tossed around by the winds of change. Tuxedo and Smally are hapless but there is really no good excuse for a cat of ideals like me, however modest. ultimately, i was the bishop without the cunning and the knight without the principle that left me out cold with the rest of the peasantry.

the hapless pawn

but I am learning the diplomacy of making peace and keeping it. and soon, they will have to craft a new piece for this animal family chess board – a 12th century Conservator of the Peace to my antiquated counterparts-at-arms.

Tan Kin Lian eyes (elected) presidency

The Straits Times stated that Ex-NTUC Income's chief will run if he has 100,000 people willing to support him. In his blog, Mr. Tan claimed the headline by ST journalist, Ms. Nur Dianah Suhaimi is "an exaggeration and gives a distorted angle". By the way, his post on the issue is titled, "Tan Kin Lian eyes elected presidency"--compare that with ST, "Tan Kin Lian eyes presidency".

In that post, Mr. Tan also raised an interesting point I have been wondering about. Why 100,000? Why not, like what Mr. Tan said, ask for 50,000?

Mr. Tan's reply was:
"It is not my interest or ambition to stand for election. If I do not get 100,000 signatures, I have the excuse to opt out - that this is a bad idea." I am willing to leave this to the voice of the people.

That was a tad pessimistic, I'd say. Still, good luck & seriously, I hope to see a more clearer article complete with where to sign. (Somebody is obviously collecting 100,000 signatures).

PS. Just found out the online petitions to support Mr. Tan here and here.

Malaysia tak boleh: Ban on yoga for muslims!

Previously from "Malaysia tak boleh: Ban on yoga for muslims?". That question mark can now be safely changed to an exclamation mark. It's already official: Yoga is forbidden for Muslims in Malaysia.

Muslims in Malaysia should not practice yoga because it will erode their faith in Islam, a senior Islamic cleric said Saturday.

"Yoga is forbidden for Muslims. The practice will erode their faith in the religion," Abdul Shukor Husin, chairman of the government-backed National Fatwa Council, told reporters.

"We advice Muslims not to practice yoga. It does not conform with Islam," he said in response to a call to ban Muslims from doing yoga.

To ban something is ultimately easier than to propose an alternative.

Photos Galore: Big Eat Out! The Peranakan Museum (22/11/08)

Listed below 29 photos of the event, including the tragic shot of Mark Lee's behind at Peranakan Museum. (Tragic, because I couldn't snap another photo of him properly from in front--like the rest of decent photographers--due to the incooperative, dying battery of my camera. Boo hoo!!)

Anyway here they are:

1. Came slightly before 12 pm & noticed the flea market merchandises being prepared.

2. There was a car parked nearby. More about it later.

3. The event was organized by; you'll be able to see many of this T-Shirt floating around.

4. One reluctant photographer suddenly realized--albeit, too late--that he's too become the target of my camera.

5. In front of one of the stalls, NASI PADANG SABAR MENANTI II .

6. I was seduced by the description of Nasi Padang Set 2.

7. ...which meal was shown on the above photo. Heh. Spicy!!


9...which was from this stall (The owner was annoyed with me taking the shot, even though I bought the popiah earlier!)

10. Attempting to take the overall view of the stalls; the lady rushed forward right in front of me.

11. ...and so did this lady.

12. Finally the ladies got tired of foiling my shots & I took the unobstructed shot.

13. Tempted to try this THYE HONG FRIED HOKKIEN MEE. Relatively cheaper compared to the rest. Only 2 coupons (1 coupon = $1).

14. Likewise for this SAJIS INDIAN FOOD. There were a long queue for the Indian Rujak. With 3 coupons, you could get 6 choices of assorted pieces. (Later towards the end of the day, it was cut to 4 pieces only! Darn...)

15. This stall, KWONG SATAY, was surprisingly quite quiet one. At least, during the time when I took the photo.

16. Likewise for this PERAMAKAN stall. (Also during the time when I shot, perhaps later they were getting more crowded).

17. Back to no.14, SAJIS INDIAN FOOD. The cooks in action...

18. HILL STREET CHAR KWAY TEOW was another stall that I wished I had more stamina to try its char kway teow. Many tried. The aroma, hmm....

19. No idea, though, about this HOCK LAM BEEF stall. Will definitely give it a try next time.

20. The good OLD CHANG KEE. Enough said. =)

21. Back to the flea market. There were 30 stalls altogether.

22. ...which mostly sold female stuff!! (I was hunting for some books. Nada!)

23. One or two stalls did sell t-shirts for guys. I bought one just because I was impressed at how helpful the stall owner was. He was offering to hold my bags as I browsed through the shirts. Nice customer service.

24. Have I told you that there were tables arranged under two tentages for people to eat?

25. Explanation for no.2.

26. Near the counter where the food coupons ($10 or $5) could be bought. They also sold t-shirts at $19.90. No, thank you...

27. When I said t-shirts floating around, I mean it...

28. The food coupons also came with an entry to the Peranakan Museum right beside it. Nice way to chill down & leisurely digest your meal as you enjoyed the three-level galleries.

29. Took a lot of photos in the museum (for another post, perhaps) such that I could only took Mark Lee's back from the 2nd floor. I like to notice how the girl mirrored Mark's body language. Or was it the other way around? Haha.

PS. It's not just about gluttony. From the site, " Big Eat Out! Peranakan Museum": "Proceeds from the food coupons you purchase will go towards supporting the Andrew and Grace Home, Operation Smile and Jamiyah Darul Ma'wa charities." feel better already?

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