Thursday, April 27, 2006

rant of da day: mediacorp 101


just happened to catch this travel programme on channel U, featuring my personal fav fiona xie.
what is it about mediacorp? the longer a person is in there, everyone just seems to subscribe to the following mantra.

  1. if i want to act excited, i shout
  2. if i want to act angry, i shout
  3. if i want to act ahbeng/ahlian, i shout
at least when she started (in mediacorp) , i thought... granted she was raw, with this "teh" voice... now it's just the screaming "teh" voice at the camera....

i had to switch channel, her "shouting at the camera/ screaming in delight" was giving me a headache.

i never thought i would ever say that....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Non-Political link of da day!

Are you a qualified elector?

you people are gonna love this... i logged in... and i see a serial number tagged to me...
i'm off to buy "bey-pio" (4D)

i did say this was a non political post....they are nice.... the serial number is exactly 4 digits. no need to infer/ guess/ tikam... and NO... i'm not giving out my number... whoohoo! wednesday! saturday! and sunday!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

rant of da day: esso mobil We're drivers union too.

just got this mailer today....

dear valued customer,
A bigger and better experience awaits you!
......[blahblah] ......
As you may be aware, ExxonMobil has entered into an alliance with Fairprice [stopped reading]
signed off by Yeo Kee Whye (Retail Sales Manager, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

sorry my yeo, that's the end of my business to you.

you have your business decision/ alliance to make... i have my consumer rights to choose. And i do not agree with the business practices of your new/ soon-to-be alliance partner.

i'll proceed to terminate my speedpass token, as well as my citibank esso mobil privilege card.


Esso Mobil, We're drivers union too.

p.s. let me convert my 5,000+ points to fuel vouchers first. i promise to use them only at non-fairprice petrol stations.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Followup News of da day: karate kids... two!


[previous one]
More news from japan.... the search is completed!

wait till the special gift from the jap chinese-martial-arts-expert.... is labelled "made in singapore"... or a "Singapore is a fine city" tshirt, autographed (of cos!)
that would be *wicked*...

SINGAPORE : Three Singaporeans in search of a karate master in northern Japan are believed to have located him.

He is 61-year-old Shoen Fukuda who lives in Aomori's Hiranai City. But it turns out that instead of karate, Mr Fukuda teaches Chinese-style martial arts.

The search started when a Singaporean karate master made a wish on his death bed for his family to locate a Japanese man with a secret karate manuscript.

His family, together with neighbours, travelled to Japan armed only with the information that the man is a widower of about 65 who has two daughters.

When three members in the group of 13 went missing on Aomori's snowy mountains, their rescue and their quest attracted much media attention in Japan.

With the help of Aomori officials and volunteers, Mr Fukuda was found.

He recalls meeting a Singaporean by the name of Xu and showing him his secret manuscript.

But Mr Fukuda has refused to present his manuscript to the Singaporean karate master's son and wife, saying it is something he cannot disclose.

As a gesture of friendship, however, he has offered to present something to the Singaporeans in a ceremony on Friday. - CNA/de

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

News of da Day: On IR

[update: source]

Various panels made up of primarily civil servants have been set up to evaluate, score and rank the proposals and subsequently make their recommendations to a five-man Ministerial Committee led by Deputy Prime Minister S Jayakumar, who will then leave the final decision to the
Oh my.... are we looking to open a new ministry? *flashing lights* *beep!* *more flashing lights*.... you have been warned... civil servants... we do have one casino consultant ... whatshisname... the SIA (ex) dude.

Event Notice: World Gourmet Summit 2006: The Macallan Single Malt Vertical Tasting


of cos. i'm attending. say hi if you happen to be there.. as well.

it's the cheapest WGS event... ha!


Join David Cox as he conducts The Macallan Single Malt Vertical Tasting. This is a rare opportunity to gain a better understanding of The Macallan whisky. Whisky aficionados not only can savour the taste but also experience the aroma, of the world's most precious whisky.

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Time: 8.00pm - 11.00pm
Price: S$88.00 Dress: Smart Casual

15% discount for Amex Cards.

David Cox

With 23 years of experience in the Scotch whisky industry, David Cox, a Modern History graduate of Oxford University, is now the director of fine and rare whiskies and global relationships of The Macallan. As the custodian of the greatest collection of vintage single malt ever released direct from a distillery, David proudly and enthusiastically shares the timeless glory and complexity of The Macallan Fine & Rare with whisky connoisseurs around the world. "The Fine & Rare collection is truly a journey through the history of The Macallan" explains David. "As we release further vintages, so this sensory journey will continue to develop, but for now, it tells the story of The Macallan in 38 stunning chapters". With overwhelming passion and intense devotion, it is perhaps no exaggeration to say that whisky runs in this man's veins.

Friday, April 07, 2006

News of da day: 'Karate kids' rescued after Japan mountain quest


these guys.. need an award... who wants to be part of the "Welcome Home" party at the airport with orchid gala rings?

maybe it's a new mediacorp reality show?
"let's round up 12 person.... tell them an incredible story... see how many fall for it?"

apparently all twelve did.


TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Singaporeans were found safe Thursday after getting lost on what they said was a mission to find a legendary karate expert on a snowy mountainside in Japan.
One of the three men told police in Hirosaki, near the northern tip of Japan's main island, that they had come to Japan after his dying father, a martial arts expert, had ordered them to seek out the karate teacher, TV Asahi said on its Web site.

"Japan looked so small on the world map that we thought we would be able to find him straight away," one of the group, aged between 25 and 50, was quoted as saying.

All three were dressed in light clothing and huddling in an abandoned car when they were rescued from the slopes of 1,600-meter (5,249-ft) Mount Iwaki in the early hours of the morning after calling for help on a mobile phone, a police spokesman said. "Neither police nor local people know of anyone running karate classes in this area," the spokesman added.

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