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Resolution 2008

This the second day of the new year and here I am starting to write about this year resolution. This year is definitely not another trivial year. Rather I consider this a very significant year and is a turning point that determines what I intend to do for the next few years.

There are two major objectives that I want to achieved before the next eye-boggling fireworks show image .

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image I hardly can imagine myself on board of all these ships travelling on the adverse,  stormy and rowdy sea ! The wave even rise as high as 15 metres which enough to scare the wits out of every mortal soul.

These are real occurrences not some million-dollars special effect production from Hollywood.

These really reminds me of the movie Perfect Storm where a ship is up against some of the most fearsome and cruel storm ever in history of natural disaster.

Let’s see if you can still fly imagein these ships !

The followings are some of the best footages captured on the deadly sea.

 

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Fireworks show is a standard and most expensive way to celebrate the start of a new year. Those gorgeous sight of colourful fireworks with different pattern and position is just simply amazing and beautiful.  I have consolidated some of the best fireworks video from various countries celebrating new year. More will be forthcoming as soon as it available from YouTube.

Video of Fireworks from countries:

Eastern countries

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, China

Western countries

Australia, USA, London, New Zealand

 

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After almost a decade as a faithful M1 subscriber, I finally succumbed to Singtel’s attractive cheapest mobile plan for better value for money. Just this early November when my 2years mobile contract end, I thought of renewing the contract with M1, but I found dismaying about M1 was that it’s cheapest plan is SunTalk Plus 100 costing $25++ with 3 months CallerID, and $30 thereafter. And after checking with StarHub and Singtel at the same time, it even really surprised me was that all the mobile plans for all three major companies were more or less the same for most affordable plan (I did not bother to check the rest of the plan) ! The latter two companies actually were cheaper at $20++, therefore $5 dollars cheaper.

But it left me wondering why after all these years that those mobile price is more or less remain the same ? Yes, though the plan benefits varies from mobile company, one can’t helping feeling that if some kind of collusion is involved in term of pricing. After all, competition is supposed to drive price down, not maintain status quo or even disguise under the so-called better service or deal that no relevant to consumer if he found little use for it.

But what I do know is that Singtel, which often coincidentally follow by Starhub and M1, will sometimes hold special promotion for mobile plan of which the last promotion was on August (Not October as I recalled since I remember spoken to the Staff saying that it 2 months before contract expired) . So I actually hold waiting for the promotion, and luckily just yesterday, it happen that there is a promotion going on and I managed to signup with Singtel for the cheapest plan (not that I cheapo, haha, but saving money goes a long way !), and what I saw from the brochure is that it end today (30Nov). And also don’t bother to ask the Singtel staff when the next promotion, they just won’t divulge anything, claiming that when it comes, it comes, and when it goes, it goes (As usual, very singlish). But from what I observe, it probably takes 2-3 months before next promotion comes.

The different in saving from promotion is substantial for my case, almost half of which I currently paid for M1 plan previously.

Plan Cost

So the new Singtel plan I signed up is as followed:

Monthly Subscription = $10.09 with promotion (Usual is $20.33) for first 12 months

Free Local Calls = 80mins for outgoing anytime

With No free SMS. (5.35cents for each SMS)

CallerID free for first 3 months, $5 thereafter

So for 2 years plan, the minimum total cost is

First 3 months => $10.09 * 3 = $30.27

Subsequent months of the year => $15.09 * 9 = $135.81

Subsequent year => $20.33 * 12 = $243.96

So adding in extra $20 dollars for SMS usage,

And purchase a Nokia 6120 classic phone costing $48 (with 2years contract) with registration cost of $42.80

the total cost for mobile usage in 2 years is $520.84 which average per year is $260.42, in turn average per month cost $21.70 which still reasonable (Still I believe it should be even lower if competition is aggressive).

 

Phone Purchased

image The phone I purchased was Nokia 6120 classic which I felt was the most value for money given that it is really a high-end phone (It is really a Symbian phone !)with premium features ! And given that it costs $48 for 2 years mobile plan, it is really unmatchable in term of price and value compare to even those free phone and high-end phone costing few times as much.
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It is rare that one can get a Symbian phone at $48 dollars ! At least not one that is as excellent as 6210 classic !

The 3.5G phone is also pretty,light, sleek and compact, and contains generally all the features you normally find in high-end phones like 2megaPixel camera with built-in flash, bluetooth, USB 2.0, full features MP3/WMA music player etc. The speed is awesome as Symbian phone is known to be noticeable slow in the past. The screen is sharp and support 16 millions colours. Most importantly, it is using a standard USB connector to connect with PC (No more proprietary cable !). It also comes with 256mb miniSD card that good for the photo capture with the camera.

Review from the internet on the whole affirm that this is indeed a excellent phone.

All About Symbian Review: Nokia 6120 Classic / 6121 Classic Review

Mobile-review.com Review of GSM/UMTS-smartphones Nokia 6120/6121

http://www.osnews.com/story.php/18568/Review-Nokia-6120-Classic/

 

Grab the promotion while you can !

So whoever want excellent value for money should take advantage of the promotion which ends today, otherwise one has to wait for another few months for the promotion again. And remember to get Nokia 6120 classic phone as well. You definitely won’t regret it !

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image Just look how sporty and lively these geography professors Nerd from Manchester University are when they dancing to the tune of YMCA ! That’s what I really like about western culture. Lively, funky, cool and funny Party!

Hopefully, I get to visit the university during graduation Banana.

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Catherine Lim has always been a maverick since her article The PAP and the people — A Great Affective Divide in 1994 create much unhappiness to the establishment At wits end. Perhaps, to the establishment, she might have been labeled as troublemaker, but to many who willingly/daringly read her articles, one could not help but despair over the sad state of Singapore affair. For what she expresses can easily connect to every typical Singaporean alike Sad.

 

The articles she write mainly question the establishment. How can a society progress with a constant denial of social problems that arose from economic progress ? How can society progress when people could not voice unhappiness, or even do anything at all over decision that affect their lives ? And with these theme, Catherine become a notable writer many come to love Happy.

 

A society can only progress if people is allow to think, to question and to act. Without each, no matter how highly educated a person is, he is no different from been a dummy at all. Indeed, it is better to be dumb and know nothing at all, than to know something and do nothing, for the thing that remain unanswered will continue to haunt one forever. A country that is painted too rosy has detrimental effect in the long run because it just habitually bury any incoming issue and hope that it goes away. For Singapore to progress as a society, it has to be opened and come to term with the past, present and future.

 

Somehow, Geeky (Geeky is somehow sensitive) has been upset by her mistreatment by the press Angry, cause nothing is more painful to a writer than to get rejected over view that doesn’t align with the norm.

With this, Geeky earnestly hope that Singapore government will continue to tolerate mavericks and not perceived them as troublemaker, because having maverick is what make the society a truly vibrant and unique society Banana. It’s time for government to do the right thing rather than do thing right. Learn to accept mavericks rather than reject them, and that should be part of the theme for Uniquely Singapore Thumbs-up.

 

Geeky hates to be perceived as troublemaker just because he supports the view of Catherine, but for her, Geeky has nothing but utmost respect. With that, Geeky wish all the best for Catherine and hope that she continue to write more and play her part to enlighten the republic.

And with that too, I wish the best for Singapore government to build a country that every Singaporean will truly call it ‘HOME’ Big Hug

 

The following is taken from http://journalism.sg/2007/11/05/why-i-am-going-online/ since it is not yet published in Catherine’s blog and can be found in http://catherinelim.sg/about/.

Her blog: http://catherinelim.sg

Why I am Going Online
by Catherine Lim
November 5th, 2007

For the past 13 years, my political commentaries had been published by the Straits Times. Some of them were transcripts of speeches I had made at government organisations such as the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and the Institute of Policy Studies. It had both surprised and gratified me that Singapore’s leading newspaper was willing to publish articles that were critical of the government and that broached on sensitive topics such as the lack of political freedom in Singapore. While the first commentary titled ‘The Great Affective Divide: the Estrangement between the PAP Government and the People’ which came out in 1994, provoked an angry response from the Government, there had been no official response to my subsequent articles, which was rather disappointing to me, as I had wanted them to give rise to discussion and debate among Singaporeans.

In September this year, I submitted to the Straits Times a commentary on the same controversial subject of the need for a political opening up, which I cast in the format of an open letter to the Prime Minister, pointing out (respectfully) the dismal state of political liberties, the climate of fear, and the emergence of a politically compliant people, under his premiership despite the impressive economic achievements. I ended the letter with a plea to him to do something before it is too late.

The Straits Times rejected the article, saying that there was really nothing new in it. I subsequently submitted it to TODAY, which also rejected it.

As a result I am turning to alternative sources of dissemination, and am going online. For I think I have some important ideas to share about certain major issues in our society which could have serious implications for the future. It does not matter to me if these ideas don’t meet with agreement or even approval, but it does matter that they are shared with as many fellow Singaporeans as possible.

Catherine Lim has published the open letter on her new site, catherinelim.sg, along with other political commentaries she has written in the past 13 years.

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This has to be my most memorable animated movie not only because it is one of the earlier popular cartoon about dragon but it has also produce a beautiful theme song that still deeply entrenched in my memory. This movie is produced in 1982 and show in TV somewhere in 1984 where GeekyCoder is not yet a geek and coder, but still sucking his thumb and throwing marble.

The mermising song is sung by the sulky-voice Don McLean, who also sing the two of my favourite songs, American Pie and Vincent (Starry, Starry Night). When I hear this song, I could imagine siting on the back of dragon soaring the sky just like the wizard in the movie.

And thank to Youtube who service help to bring back those nostalgic moment and memory, here is the movie clip where the song is sung.

Link: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dflp5IcpkE&rel=1


Flight of dragons by Don McLean
Flight of dragons soar in the purple light
In the sky or in my mind
Flight of dragons sail past reality
Leave illusion behind

Is it the past I see
When I look up to the heavens
Believing in the magic
That I know could never be

I want to go where they are going
Into the world they’ve been
Can I open up my mind enough to see

Flight of dragons, heavenly argosies
Catch the wind, rise out of sight
Flight of dragons, pilots of fantasy
In the sky or in my mind

Flight of dragons
Flight of dragons

In brief, this movie is about a scientist who travel to a wonderful and fantasy world rule by dragon and wizard. In there, he help to fight against the evil with the help of dragon, wizard and beautiful princess. More information can be found from this wiki.

For those who miss those good times or want to know more about the movie can view more clips from the movie by searching for “The Flight of Dragons” in Youtube.

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