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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yoo Ah In has tense discussion with ‘Hong Kong Heiress’ Maxine Koo

Actor Yoo Ah In embarrassed ‘Hong Kong Heiress’ Maxine Koo, who apparently majored in economics at Cornell University.
On the March 24th episode of Mnet’s ‘Yoo Ah In’s Launch My Life‘ (which was the first episode), Yoo Ah In goes to L.A. to do a photoshoot for casual clothing brand ‘Jack and Jill‘ and meets Maxine Koo for the first time.
Their first meeting was not too wonderful though, as Yoo Ah In asked Maxine Koo, who only spoke in English while maintaining a haughty look on her face, “Don’t you know how to speak Korean?
Maxine Koo asked, “What have you worked on?“, to which Yoo Ah In simply responded, “Just type in Yoo Ah In and you’ll know what I worked on.” Yoo Ah In apparently did not like Koo’s conceitedness and would not back down from the battle for pride.
Yoo Ah In, bewildered by her haughty attitude, finally asked the Hong Kong heiress, “Are you always like this, or are you acting?” Koo bluntly replied, “Always what?” Yoo Ah In responded by saying she was impolite, making the atmosphere even tenser.
Meanwhile, Yoo Ah In, who is known for being stylish, was praised by the staff for his unique style.
Source: Hankyung News via Nate


Tin Pei Lin vs Chen Show Mao – and a very scary thought

The following is an excerpt of an article posted today on blog onesingaporean.

Despite what Lim Boon Heng, that minister who has been without a portfolio for some 15 years, has said, the PAP’s slate of new candidates are a dud. At least as far as I am concerned. I can’t remember any time in the past where the scraping of the barrel by the PAP was so pathetic.
And the signs are already there. Of course, the media is sugar-coating the dud candidates the PAP is selling. Desmond Choo? Desmond Lee? Tin Pei Lin? Seriously? When one starts to talk about one’s own sob story in order to gain sympathy, you can be sure the barrel is really empty.
But there is a serious issue here which Singaporeans must consider and consider very seriously indeed.
To read on, click here.


Ellenborough Market Cafe

Like every other post exam activity I've had, my classmates and I decided to celebrate the end of our exams with a buffet lunch at Ellenborough Market Cafe - Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel.

Ellenborough Market Cafe
20 Merchant Road, GF Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore
Tel: +65 6239 1847

Opening Hours
Daily: 7am–10.30am, 12pm–2.30pm, 6.30pm–10pm
Sat–Sun & PH: 3.30pm–5.30pm [Buffet High Tea)

I've had a couple of dinner buffets here before and I do like their wide variety of food, especially their desserts. But this was my first time trying out their lunch buffet and I must say I wasn't too impressed. Don't get me wrong. It's still good, but not as good as their dinner menu in my opinion.

Regardless of the food, it was nice to be found in the company of friends - chit chatting, laughing, poking fun at each other and having a good time. I guess with exams off our shoulders, it just seems so much easier to smile, laugh, and be happy.

And though I know moments like these are short-lived, I am just going to enjoy every moment of my restored sanity, joy, freedom, and sleep before my next term's exams in July.

Ahhh.. it feels darn good indeed.



Students looking to explore their educational and career interests can now tap into a new online resource——Singapore’s first interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance (ECG) portal for students. This portal is a welcomed aid for teachers and counselors in Singapore.
Using various profiling instruments available on the portal, students are able to clarify their interests and aptitudes, and are provided with a range of suitable career possibilities. One such instrument is the Personal Globe Inventory, which allows students to gauge their interest and confidence levels in a range of activities. Base on their interest patterns, the portal surfaces a list of occupation choices and information on the nature of these occupations. It also directs students to a list of relevant courses offered by local and overseas tertiary institutions, hence helping students take steps towards realizing their career aspirations. All profiling results and education and career information are eventually captured in individual e-portfolios, which students can retrieve and review over time.
In addition to guiding students on career choices and courses in tertiary institutions, also gives students a head start in essential job-seeking skills. This is done through online training modules aimed at sharpening students resume-writing, interview and decision-making skills, among others.
As a web-based portal in Singapore, is easily accessible in school, at home or even in public places through the country. Teachers, career guidance coordinators and school counselors can use it to help students clarify their goals, identify their strengths and career opportunities, and then guide them toward their career aspirations. Parents can also play a more active role in their children’s education and career development process.


Lim Boon Heng unconvinced about Tin Pei Ling’s abilities

Earlier on, I’ve given my observations on Tin Pei Ling on this forum.
Next, I will give my observation, as an experienced HR staff interviewing thousands of candidates ranging from lowest level to highest level, on our Minister LBH.
When he introduced TPL, watched for his mannerism and eye contact. It shows the lack of commitment and conviction from LBH that TPL is the right candidate. As a matter of fact, from his statements, it’s very clear that LBH does not know her at all. Compounded with his body language, it was so obvious that he was uncomfortable with her as a candidate as he cannot articulate with ease about her uniqueness or why she should stand for election. His introduction is so superficial with many “if”, “i don’t know” and “I think”.
It could be seen from his speech that she was chosen by LHL and not endorsed by the cabinet team. Hence, LBH also failed as a mentor. He shouldn’t take on the stage to introduce her when he’s not convince himself. Actually, it’s very surprising that PAP is not stringent in their selection criteria this time round.
Darriel Lim


Military top brass to ‘defend’ SM Goh’s Marine Parade GRC

A former military top brass will be assisting Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong to “defend” his Marine Parade GRC stronghold in the coming General Election.
In a post on the Marine Parade PAP branch’s Facebook page, SM Goh said that the People’s Action Party team will usher in one of the two former military top brass – outgoing army chief 41 year-old Major-General Chan Chun Sing and Brigadier-General Tan Chuan Jin, as a new candidate in Marine Parade GRC.
According to the posting, MP Dr Ong Seh Hong will be retiring from politics to make way for one of the two outgoing Generals to understudy SM Goh.
Quoting party sources, the Straits Times had earlier reported that the likely new candidate is 42 year-old Brigadier-General Tan Chuan Jin who will be introduced to residents this weekend.
SM Goh had asked Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to send him a ’strong candidate who has the potential to be part of the fourth-generation core team.’
Apparently SM Goh has gotten his wish with the “backing of the entire army”, literally.


PAP kindergartens mark 25th year

SINGAPORE: The People's Action Party's Community Foundation (PCF), which runs kindergartens island wide, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Speaking at the celebrations in Ang Mo Kio GRC, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it is very important that children have good quality, affordable pre-school education, so that when they get to school, they will be ready.

PCF may be 25 years old but the Party's been running kindergartens for more than 50 years, Mr Lee said.

"We've been doing this for a long time. The PCF is only 25 years old, but in fact, the PAP has been running kindergartens since... the early 1960s," he said.

"Because in every constituency, the community leaders and the volunteers would set up kindergartens in every available space which they could find -- it could be shophouses, it could even be a wayang stage -- and parents would bring their children.

"And as the centres became popular and enrolment increased, we set up more centres, so that by the time we created the PAP Community Foundation 25 years ago in 1986, we had this big place of kindergartens which we could convert to PCF kindergartens.

"And we improved on them, from there. The standards, the curriculum, the teachers' quality, the training of the teachers, the facilities in the centres, to reach where we are today".

As a result, nearly one million children have gone through the doors of PCF so far.

"The PCF is a key priority for the PAP still, and will be for many years to come," Mr Lee said.

"We go out of our way to make sure that nobody is missed, that we cover all the children in our constituencies.

"We work with grassroots leaders to encourage poorer families to send their children to school, and we do our best to keep the fees affordable.

"So the government has schemes like the Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme, and the PCF has its own headstart fund.

"Any needy student can tap on these schemes, and the burden on the parents is very, very low.

"In fact, low-income families can pay less than $10 a month for their children to be in kindergarten."

Meanwhile, a pilot programmed called the Psychological education@Geyland Serai (PEGS) has been set up to address the psychological needs of children.

MP for Marine Parade GRC Fatimah Lateef said: "What we are going to do, is we are going to have sessions and seminars for educators at PCF so that they can identify psychological disturbances and symptoms early in our children and youth, and bring them forward for counselling, and we can make the necessary referrals.

"This is necessary because we have one in 10 children in the ages ranging from 6 to 16 who has been identified to have psychological disturbances of some kind.

"That would put the number at 50,000 in Singapore currently.

"Out of this 50,000, 5,000 are serious enough to need counselling and also referrals to psychiatrists".

Meanwhile, the PCF anniversary event was a hive of activity for another reason.

With Singapore's next General Election around the corner, the PCF 25th anniversary carnival was an apt occasion for some new faces from the People's Action Party, to familiarise themselves with the ground and the various constituency activities.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tin Pei Ling has been understudying MacPherson's incumbent MP Matthias Yao, who will be stepping down.

Mr Yao said: "Pei Ling is already familiar with grassroots work, having been active in Buona Vista for a long time already.

"What I will be briefing her about, is more to do with campaign period activities -- that part, she is not so familiar with.

"Wherever she goes to, including MacPherson, I think those points will be useful for her.

"I hope I have done enough to building and upgrading the estate and building the community into a more cohesive one.

"At the same time, there are new challenges to be met. The estate is ageing quite rapidly, in terms of the population profile and working together with the various government departments, Pei Ling would have to bring MacPherson into a new phase for an active ageing estate.

"At the same time, there is a turnover of younger families coming through the estate, so one must not neglect them at all.

"One must work equally hard to look after the aspirations of the new families. In that case, Pei Ling's challanges are quite big, but I am sure she can meet the challenge".

Ms Tin ,a business consultant, is also on the executive committee of Young PAP.

"Despite being young, I am keen to learn and help the elderly because, the elderly, when I look at them, I am reminded of my parents and grandparents, so there is instant connection and affinity there already," Ms Tin said.

"But with time, as I understand more of them, I would be better able to come up with meaningful solutions and initiatives to help them better.

"At the end of the day, the energy and youth is on my side and I have the potential to help them more."

Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong -- who has on the Marine Parade Facebook page welcomed reports that the National Solidarity Party and the Democratic Progressive Party intend to contest in the Marine Parade GRC -- also revealed that Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who is an MP in Marine Parade GRC, has been moved to Nee Soon GRC.