I have been called names like “Silly fool” to “Out of your mind” when I told them that I will be back in Singapore for at least the whole of this year. Some may even sacrifice a finger to be in my position. Many friends have complained to me that during weekend, they do not know what to do or where to go. After a while, many simply stay at home, watch their DVDs or sleep the weekend away. After repeating such monotonous activities for a few years, some will try their luck at a job overseas and if successful, never want to return to their homeland again after spending a few good years abroad.
Country sizes aren’t equal, so property isn’t equal. And that got me thinking: If you were to uproot and leave, where could a Singaporean afford to stay? The answer: Almost anywhere, and like a damn king. As it turns out, all that money we spend on a glorified sardine can of a flat could buy you small wonders elsewhere. Check out the alternatives:
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has warned that the number of dengue cases reported last week — 492 or an eight-year weekly high — could worsen in five weeks. In a projection based on weather factors, mosquito breeding, previous dengue cases and seasonality, it estimated that numbers could double and possibly even breach 1,000 casesa week, before Singapore hits peak transmission season.
THE Chope Food for the Needy movement is a heartening sign of an evolving society, where the average Joe can play a part, no matter how small, to help those who are less fortunate ("'Chope food for needy' wins praise"; Monday). However, I have concerns over the methodology used. Yes, the movement promotes random acts of kindness and is not meant to supersede existing community assistance measures. However, the supply of assistance is subject to donor whims and fancies, and is therefore unreliable.
This April, my daughter, a straight A student from Hwachong JC, learnt that she was rejected from Stanford University. Understandably, our family was very upset, none more so that my daughter, who had worked so hard for years to build up an exemplary portfolio and score well for her examinations. But as difficult as it was to accept, I persuaded her to look past the failure and focus on the future. So, our family began to pick up the pieces.
Recap: In Part 1, we ended off with “Comment: Fast forward to today – ComCare receives 70,000 applications for financial assistance in 1 year against less than 4,000 in 1999!” S & C C increases continue despite operating surpluses & $2b funds? “According to Jurong Town Council’s annual report for 2008/2009, it had a surplus for the year of $1.5 million, and an accumulated surplus of $3.2 million. This is after transferring $11.7 million to the sinking fund, giving a total reserve of $79.3 million.
The explosives that killed three and wounded more than 170 at the Boston Marathon were made of pressure cookers packed with metal and ball bearings, a person briefed on the investigation said on Tuesday. A person briefed on the attack, which left the streets splattered with blood and glass, said the explosives were in six-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags that were placed on the ground. The person said the duffel bags contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings.
A second victim in the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified: Krystle M. Campbell, a 29-year-old originally from Medford, Mass. Her father, William A. Campbell Jr., told Yahoo News he's in shock that his daughter was killed. "My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody, and I'm just so shocked right now. We're just devastated," he said. "She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand."