Thursday, August 26, 2010

YOG Hang Overs

As I am writing this blog, the YOG closing ceremony is under way and I was wondering how Singapore will be experiencing the Hangovers from the YOG presence or the lack of support from local populace.

  • YOG volunteers will miss the Dog food prepared by SFI.
  • YOG volunteers will miss the diarrhea caused by contaminated food served to them.
  • YOG volunteers will miss the over congested bus ferrying them to NTU for their duty.
  • School Children will miss standing under the rain while waiting for the once a life time YOG Torch.
  • School Children will miss attending the YOG games after MOE "Volunteered" them to attend.
  • School Children will miss doing assignments praising the YOG.
  • Parent will missed a once a life time "invitation" letters from MOE for their child to attend YOG.
  • NSF will miss attending YOG games, eating dog food and at the same time ogling at the female YOG volunteers and competitors.
  • Motorists will miss the rude, speedy and blinking YOG buses on the road.
  • Motorists will miss the summon tickets for not giving way to YOG vehicles.
  • Most of all will miss those crappy commentators from Media Corp!

Friday, August 20, 2010

YOG 自导自演 - Part 3

I had not been to Suntec for a while and this week, I happened to meet a customer at Suntec City and after the meeting at one of the tower, I decided to walk around for a while when I stumbled upon the presence of YOG at the Suntec Convention Center. I did not know that Suntec Convention Center had transformed itself into a sports stadium or game venue!

I was looking at the YOG schedule stating the various sport meets related to the YOG. Its really amazing that these games can be organized there!

Sports such as were held or will be held at Suntec Convention Center:
  • Taekwondo
  • Wrestling
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Boxing
  • Judo
They also have this Singapore Friendship Fabric Exhbition and a Culture and Education Programme. It reminds me of the Fabric of the Nation during the SARS crisis and its a bit stale to reuse the concept..... The concept was hatched from the MCYS and its head is Vivian Balakrishnan.

There were people queuing up at the ticketing counter to buy (or to take?) tickets to see some of the YOG matches held at the Suntec City Convention Center.

Below, I saw these Kindergarten kids from Punggol PCF. I not sure where are they heading to. But in my mind, I had 2 scenarios:

1. These kids had just finished the Duck Tour Hippo rides and were heading to their bus to go back home (which I hoped so) OR

2. They are heading to the YOG games (They are heading towards the Convention Center Main Entrance.

But I cannot really tell as I did not follow to see where they were going, but I should have followed them to find out. They are too young too and I hoped they were not going to the sport venue to be infected by the YOG Spirit.

Anyway, I saw 2 groups of secondary school students heading towards the escalators going up to the exhibition halls. Now I can see with my own eyes how Ministry of Education is helping to "support and help" to make the YOG a success and gave these students a once a life time experience of the Olympic Spirit.

Btw, I just remembered 2nd - 5th September is Comex 2010 and YOG will be over by then :)

Comex 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Where to Look for Locals?

Source: TodayOnline (18 Aug 2010)

I got a relative who is in her 50s lamented about the working condition working as a cleaner in Singapore. She worked at various companies and the last unpleasant working location was at Funan Center.

She told me that the company required her to:
  • Work continuously for 2 week then 1 day off.
  • Working continuously for more than 12 hours per day.
  • Work under a Chinese national supervisor who picked on the older folks.
  • Accept no CPF contribution as her job is considered Part-time.
I am not doubting Ms Grace Seow Mei Ying, but I was wondering how Ms Grace's company's attractive salary and rewarding career path still cannot attract Locals. Perhaps the company is the Rose among the thorns in the cleaning industry.

There are people especially in the opposition parties pushing for minimum wages for low income workers such cleaners in the cleaning company. IMO, Ms Grace's company's predicament is a result of the biased so called tripartite Manpower policies by the PAP government.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weather for YOG 2010

Source: NEA

I was wondering how the "volunteers" been doing at the Floating Platform 30 mins before the start of the much anticipated the world's first Youth Olympic Game. My house is raining dogs and cats. Checking the NEA Nowcast, it looks bad....

I hoped NEA or PUB will be sending out flood alerts to Motorists and house owners at low lying areas about possibility of flash flood.

BTW, I was wondering who will be the athlete to light the sacred Olympic fire because I was confused by newspaper today showing MM Lee lighting the YOG cauldron. Now typical of politicians hijacking sports events for politics gains....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

YOG 自导自演 - Part 2

Well, a few more days before the YOG 2010 Official Opening Ceremony and I was wondering how was the Flame doing for the past 6 Days going around the Singapore Island.

I had an interesting finding regarding an Indian IT firm that had won the deal to provide IT support to YOG 2010. The name is the Indian IT firm is Mahindra Satyam. Seem too familair to me. I had heard it some where before......

Source: Business Standard, India

Using Google, I searched "Mahindra Satyam" and Wikipedia yielded the following result (No wonder China banned it):

Mahindra Satyam (BSE: 500376, NYSE: SAY) (formerly known as Satyam Computer Services Ltd) was founded in 1987 by B Ramalinga Raju. The company offers consulting and information technology (IT) services spanning various sectors, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange (India) and Bombay Stock Exchange (India). In June 2009, the company unveiled its new brand identity “Mahindra Satyam” subsequent to its takeover by the Mahindra Group’s IT arm, Tech Mahindra.

The former was linked to the infamous scandal where the company fake its account books to make it look financially healthy!

Source: BBC

The BBC and other news paper called it India's Enron. Of course, there are not many worthy local IT companies with the experience to handle such "large scale" event such as the YOG and it had to be outsourced to an Indian IT company. How about locally based MNCs such as IBM or Microsoft? Are they too expensive? Just liked Singaporeans who are not capable in "some" areas and need Foreign Talents to "help" us.


But I hoped it was outsourced correctly and the scores of YOG will be correct and it will not be a scandal....... If not the youths will be very upset!

However, YOG 2010 with a S$300m++ budget had to be well spent and all the extra money had to be spent are worth it and after all its similair to "借花献佛".

Not much effort involved, really!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thoughts for National Day 2010

Singapore 45th National Day is here and of course the added bonus will be Monday is a public holiday!

Today at 8:10pm, all Singaporeans are encouraged to recite the National Pledge together. (Even though we are not at the NDP ground)

National Pledge of Singapore
We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

Kami, warganegara Singapura, sebagai rakyat yang bersatu padu, tidak kira apa bangsa, bahasa, atau ugama, berikrar untok membina suatu masyarakat yang demokratik, berdasarkan kepada keadilan dan persamaan untok mencapai kebahagian, kemakmuran dan kemajuan bagi negara Kami.

誓愿不分种族、言语、宗教, 团结一致, 建设公正平等的民主社会 并为实现国家之幸福、繁荣与进步, 共同努力。

சிங்கப்பூர் குடிமக்களாகிய நாம் இனம்,மொழி,மதம் ஆகிய வேற்றுமைகளை மறந்து ஒன்றுபட்டு,நம் நாடு மகிழ்ச்சி,வளம்,முன்னேற்றம் ஆகியவற்றை அடையும் வண்ணம் சமத்துவத்தையும்,நீதியையும் அடிப்படையாக கொண்ட ஜனாயக சமுதாயத்தை உருவாக்குவதற்கு உறுதி மேற்கொள்வோ.
(Its recited everyday by generations of students & yet someone dared to says it an aspiration! Maybe when he was 6 feet under then it was an aspiration for him, not for us)
I was at one of the rehearsal as a bystander on one of the rehearsal Saturday and I was standing next to the Ceremonial Guns area (Next to former NCO Club) and the shock wave from these guns were deafening! I can feel that the shock wave had passed through my body as I stood there watching.

Below is National Flag pick up by a Boeing CH-47D Chinook at one of the airbases in Singapore.

The video below is a pilot's view from one of the escort helicopter, the Boeing AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter! That was a view that money may not possible to buy! My dream is to be able to pilot a fixed wing aircraft my self as a private pilot and if the first step is able to be fulfilled, then next will be a Commercial Pilot License and work in General Aviation Industry.

NDP is also an occasion where you can see all the MPs in Singapore, whether if they are from the PAP, WP, SPP, and hopefully in near future MPs from the RP or even SDP attending NDP together.

After all, anti PAP does not mean you are anti Singapore or unpatriotic; its the citizen's right to choose the political course that a country should head.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

YOG 自导自演 (A Business Jet was chartered for the Flame)

Source: TodayOnline

The original price tag of the Youth Olympic was S$122m and the new price tag is now S$387m. According to news report, the journey of the Flame alone will cost S$7m.

The Chinese news portal (good to have a strong ally with you after taking their excess citizens who will then remit their S$ back to China) had a photo of our chartered Youth Olympic Game Gulfstream G550 Business Jet in the Youth Olympic Game Color.

Source: (YOG G550 HB-JEV in Senegal)

Chartering a private jet is not simply buying a ticket in a First Class seat. You pay for the Aircraft Hours, the pilots hours, the grounding handling fees etc. All thousands of dollars per hour, at least.... (not to mention the cost of painting the YOG livery on the G550)

I was wondering how much of the S$7m was spend on chartering of the business jet? (G550 Tail number HB-JEV was chartered from Swiss aircraft chartering company G5 Executive)

But of course, its all well spent and value for money because S$7m vs S$387m is a peanut!

Business Jets were used by Business Executives for their multi billion businesses to save time in traveling on air. Great for businesses if you required point to point travel. But if it is public money, it is once again, value for money because its not your money.

The starting point of the journey of the Flame was from Berlin, Dakar in Senegal, Mexico City, Auckland and Seoul. The Flame should have arrived in Singapore by now. I am so excited, imagining running around Singapore 6 times with it!

Source: (G550 HB-JEV towed by a Lektro on Tarmac at a Swiss airport)

Source: (YOG G550 HB-JEV in Berlin)

Source: (Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman, YOG with his German Counterpart at Berlin)

Source: SFO777 @ (CIP Terminal @ Changi Airport)

I am not sure if the Youth Olympic Delegation will pass through the CIP (Commercially Important People) terminal at Changi Airport, operated by the JetQuay. But of course, if the last leg from S Korean is via commercial airliner, then the Flame should pass through normal immigration channel.

CNA YOG Poll, Sad Response.....

Source: CNA

I was wondering why we the ungrateful Singaporeans are not happy that Singapore is organizing the the inspiring YOG. The CNA poll had a glaring reflection on the bad altutude of Singaporeans. Perhaps, we should need an iron prick on our back just liked the North Koreans to support the national events such the Inspiring YOG!