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Thursday, February 21, 2008

2010 Youth Olympic Games

OK, I was wrong. This was why I thought Singapore would NOT become host of the 2010 Olympic games:
- Olympic games 2008 = Beijing
- Expo 2010 = Shanghai
- Formula 1 in KL and Singapore
- Moscow had the Olympics before, right?
- The new statium (here called HUB) is only opening in 2011, with that announcement,...

Simple: too much Asia...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

18 Years old again

Jau! Feel like being 18 again. To be allowed to drive in Singapore you have to get your license transferred after 1 year in the country.

This Saturday I will have a trial on the theory test. Can't be hard. Judging by the way people drive here. Wish I had 10 $ for every car I see at night with the headlights off...

Funniest thing is that you can drive around first, then do your license.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hey ho, let's go!

Finally we are hitting the road again. We know Anna and Jaque from our time in Hong Kong and they relocated to Singapore at the same time as we did. This weekend the four of us will hop on a bus and visit KL (Long time since we last went).

While we are away, Spike, the terror of Siglap road, will attend a weekend course at the local school: Doxford...

The historic event is coming up and the Singapore Formula 1 GP is so successful that their online booking system crashed today on the first day of ticket sales.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Foreign. Worker or Talent

In the english speaking world, there are Foreign Talents and Foreign Workers.
Funny. Construction workers are foreign workers, while people working in offices are "Talents".
Why funny? Because the Indian worker would have a talent, I am quite jealous about. Or would you want to live in a house that I have built?

To make matters more complicated, some of those foreign workers may have degrees, but just no work in their own country. Lacking opportunity, these folks create their own opportunity by offering their talent in other jobs. Just like the "Domestic Helpers" that work in a richer country to support their family. University degree holder walking your dog.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Spill it out for me - Pls.

The world seems to strive on abbreviations. A flurry of them surrounds us here in Singapore: MoM, COE, ECP, CBD, KIV, MoE, MoS and so on.

The other night I was watching TV and they had this "FEB 2008" sign on the screen. I wacked my brains trying to figure out what F.E.B. stands for. Festive End Before 2008? Further Education Board? Fight Enemy Blogs?
No! It meant FEBruary!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Chinese New Year in Singapore

Bigger and better than Christmas and New Year: Chinese New Year. The last weekend before the festive days. People go absolutely beserk to fill their fridges to the brim, everything that is colored red is used to decorate the house, car and doggy.

Next week most places are closed for a few days. It will be like 28 weeks later. Be careful when meeting people: They should not be out there!

Speaking of which. No need to see a Zombie movie. There are all those bands from hundret years back that start producing records again.

I am already shaken by the thought that the Eagles are back. EVERY pub in Asia and Australia with a band will have the Brothel California song on at least once per evening. I just so haaaaaaaaaate that song and the prospect of hearing it more often ...