An over-zealous worker in the Huili County of China took some photos of
County mayor Li Ningyi and vice-mayor Tang Xiaobing inspecting the newly constructed country road at Lihong Town and decided to photoshop them against a nicer background. The poorly done job was spotted by an online forum reader and ridiculed (read more here).
The photo has since created a viral meme online, and people are photoshopping the officials into all kinds of photos. Hilarious stuff.
The wife and I had a chance to stay for a night at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) recently. It was a rather pleasant experience as our room was the Orchid Suite, which is one of their junior suites.
I've never even been to that part of Singapore. It is like another country altogether. There is no MRT station there yet, and no buses that I know of. So we took a cab to MBS instead.
After looking at the iconic building from afar for so long (yes, one of our most iconic buildings is a casino hotel), I finally got to look inside.
The wife wanted to bring the kids along but I told her, let's make this two-day one-night staycation something for just the two of us. I was away in Sydney for a week before this and really wanted to spend a little "us" time.
Living it up at MBS
The view was the first thing that struck us. From our suite on the 52nd floor, I could see the Fullerton Hotel, the Esplanade "durians", the Marina Floating Platform, and pretty much the entire CBD. It was pretty breathtaking.
My wife pointed to the tiny little white statue below and asked, "Where is the regular Merlion? I only see a mini one."
"What do you mean? That IS the regular Merlion!"
"Oh," she said sheepishly, "But it looks so small!"
"We are on the 52nd floor, dear. Everything looks small." (cont'd)
Recently Apple loaned me an iPad 2 to play with and I have to say, I like it very much. The iPad 2 is thinner by a few mm compared to its predecessor and lighter too. I particularly liked the responsiveness, in large part due it the new dual-core A5 processor, which meant everything felt faster, especially browsing.
I didn't get to use the front-facing camera much because not many of my friends are on FaceTime but I did enjoy using iMovie (perfect for iPad), Flipboard (read shared links from Facebook and Twitter like a magazine!), Echofon (for Twitter) and Garageband for iPad (which is actually BETTER than the Mac version). Also fun was watching my videos streamed via Air Video on the large screen, propped up with the clever Smart Cover.
So you can imagine my great excitement when I read that the SAF was going to give recruits and servicemen iPads, according to this headline: "The SAF soldier's latest weapon - the iPad", "to sharpen their fighting skills". 8000 sets were to be acquired.
I was like, woah! iPads for recruits? What next? PS3?
On closer reading, the report actually said, "a handheld touchscreen device SUCH AS an iPad" (emphasis mine). But no matter. My caffeine-infused mind had already gone into overdrive and I began to imagine an SAF world with iPads in it. Thus began my #ipadsforsaf tweets:
No lah, not to collect papers for myself (I don't qualify because I am not 45 years old yet). I was invited to Dr Tony Tan's press conference announcing his presidential bid, along with others like The Online Citizen team.
Will file a story soon (wah machiam like News Wire service liddat). You can follow my tweets under the #sgpresident twitter hashtag (the, ahem, official Singapore Presidential Elections hashtag, according to @miyagi and me).
Join me for this year's National Day Parade as I take you behind the scenes once more.
In this episode, we check out the cool robots and suits used by the bomb disposal unit of the 36th Singapore Combat Engineers. Their Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives (CBRE) vehicle is seen in the D3 display.
I heard the ruling party considered fielding another Tan for President but Mah Bow Tan fell short (cue: rimshot)
I hear that new candidates have stepped forward to be Presidential candidates: Tan Kah Liow, Tan Dua Lui, Wang Pa Tan, Chou Chee Tan and dark horse, SR NaTan.
Personally, I feel the Merlion should stand for
President. I vote for the big one at Sentosa. Since the Presidential role seems to be played down so much by the ruling party, to the point of being just an icon, what better choice is there than the Merlion who stands there doing nothing?
He is used to receiving foreign guests and even though his mouth is always open, he doesn't say anything.