Singapore School Teaching Dating Skills to Students

During my Junior College days, my class teacher prohibited my class from having boy-girl relationships (BGR). She wants us to focus on learning and scoring As.

But times have changed! The Singapore government are actually trying to gets its citizen “to mate and multiply” by introducing a Class to Polytechnic Students – “Love Relations for LIfe: A Journey of Romance, Love and Sexuality”.

There was giggling and banter among the students, but that was all part of the course as their teacher, Suki Tong, led them into the basics of dating, falling in love and staying together….

Man, I wonder how would I score for this course.

“Teaching our youth in school how to fall in love” is a good solution, wrote Andy Ho, a senior writer at The Straits Times….

This really struck me a lot. Spoonfeeding is the basis of Singapore’s and Malaysia’s Education System, where many work on Past Year Papers, go to Tuition Centers to study Model Answers for Exam questions,etc. And now, are we resorting to “Spoonfeeding” to teach our younger generation how to fall in love? Giving our younger generation textbook solutions to fall in love, getting married, get kids, etc… Will this inhibit intuition, passion, natural forces of attraction, imagination? Is this detrimental to the relationship itself? I really do not know. But this is surely very strange to me.

Some questions that came to my mind is: Will the urge of finding the special someone and “falling in love” become artificial? Artificial, something that is cultivated by our teachers instead of driven by the forces of nature?

Over the past 25 years, the mating rituals organized by the government — tea dances, wine tastings, cooking classes, cruises, screenings of romantic movies — have been among the country’s least successful social engineering programs….

It will be interesting to see how this one goes.



Greenwash Guerillas Pied Thomas Friedman in the Face

A female audience member ran on stage last night and threw a green pie at New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who had just begun a lecture on environmentalism in Salomon 101

Thomas Friedman wrote “The World is Flat“, one my favourite non-fiction books. This book does offer an interesting perspective to what is going on in the world today, and how it affects all of us.

But I must say, he does have some perception and ideas of this world that some do not agree, and look what happened. 

Peter Pan at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Peter Pan! One of my childhood heroes! HITS Theatre presents an awesome outdoor play at the Miller Theatre for free! Below, you can see lots of people settling down onto the slope, opening their picnic mats. Overall, a great experience, especially for an engineer to keep in contact with his “artistic” side.

Below is the view of the Miller Theatre from the place where I am sitting.

Here are some clips from the show. Great sets! Nice dance, esp Tiger Lily 😉 and Great singing and acting too! 

Amatuer Golf

USA is a relatively golf-friendly country – it provides an environment that is favourable for golfing for ALL people: regardless of level of income.

So, this game has captured my interest, and I have been spending a fair bit of time trying out this new game. Below is a video of me in action! =) Try comparing it to Tiger Wood’s swing in the video below.

A very interesting game indeed! A game that requires concentration of almost all the muscles in your body, including the brain! Every split second counts!

For those who are interested, below is another very good video for learning golf. This video is my teacher! All thanks to Youtube!


My experience with Changi Airport T3

A picture of Changi Airport Terminal 3 from the SkyTrain. Behind the tower, on the left, is the new T3 terminal which was officially opened on the 9 January 2008. On the right is Crowne Plaza, still under construction, designed by WOHA. This is my first time at T3!

Very spacious Check-In hall eh? I guess the most unique feature of T3 is its roof architecture. From first glance, it looks very wierd to me. But later on, I found out that

The one-of-its-kind roof design has 919 skylights with special designed reflector panels which automatically adjust themselves to allow an optimal amount of soft and uniform daylight into the terminal building

the above picture taken from here

Very Nice Departure Hall! Looks very clean and tidy.

SQ28 ready to fly!

If my camera can zoom enough, you will be able to see my office from here. It is just across the blue building in this picture. Yes, my office is just beside the runway!

Free from China?

The Robotic Restaurant

The Robots are taking away your jobs! Yes, this is happening in a restaurant in Germany. Watch this.

I seriously wonder how cost effective this can be. There is another way to cut cost by eliminating waiters/waitresses. I have experienced this in a restaurant in Houston, Texas. This restaurant uses a pager to page its guests when the food is ready.

I believe that the non-waiter concept ussually works for restaurants in the middle/low price range, as people would expect some good service for high range restaurants. Will this Expensive (My guess) Robotic Restaurant idea be cost effective investment for a middle/low price range restaurants? But I would definitely visit the restaurant to check out this idea though (if I have the chance)…