The Minster of Defence has announced that NS IPPT will be reduced to 2.4km run, push-ups and sit-ups.
Now Lao Peng can say, "In MY time, IPPT was FIVE stations, ok? 2.4km, sit-ups, chin-ups, shuttle run and standing broad jump! And push-ups were used for punishment only. Last time, we collected rubber bands as we ran around the stadium, ok? And the black swimming trunks DAMN ugly, can? You young punks are so lucky."
@Miyagi thinks that next year IPPT will be reduced to one station: slow walk to canteen break.
I think in the near future, it may be even further reduced to 2.4m slow walk to the secret smoking point. And your maid can do for you. Reservists (NSmen) in their 30s or older are allowed to let their NSF sons do their reservist IPPT for them.
In view of the new shortened three-station IPPT, IPPT will be renamed IPT, Individuals Pass Together.
Because of the reduced need for Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), half of the current PTI force will be sent to Guardsmen and Commando course for upgrading. The remaining PTIs will be sent for Encouragement training, to help them cheer servicemen on during the new reduced IPPT, in the four national languages.
PTIs will also now need to provide high-fives and group hugs.
There will be no pass or fail or gold or whatever in the new reduced IPPT. Servicemen will fall under broad categories of Well Done, Not Bad and Good Effort. This is to ensure that they do not feel discouraged by any physical fitness shortcomings and damage their fragile self-esteem.
RT will also cease to stand for Remedial Training. It will end years of soldiers using the term wrongly, as in "You kena RT training ah?", as that would mean one is saying "You have Remedial Training training ah?".
It's like people who say ATM machine.
RT will now stand for Relaxing Tekong. Servicemen who feel like they should do better for the new IPPT can opt to go for Relaxing Tekong, a new spa, facial and fitness centre located on exotic Pulau Tekong, to improve their wellness.
With the new reduced three-station IPPT introduced, the chin-up bars at public park fitness corners will be re-purposed for use in MRT trains for standing passengers.
As push-ups are now part of the official IPPT, the new military punishment will be twenty mild squats.
BREAKING NEWS: The Ministry of Defence Fitness (MINDEFF) would like to clarify that the new IPPT is push-ups, sit-ups and a 24km run.
They apologize for the extra decimal point.
MINDEFF also announced that if servicemen do not wish to do the 24km run, they can opt for the alternative three-station IPPT where you do the sit-ups and push-ups… while doing the 2.4km run. Below ten minutes. To pass.
YouTube link: http://youtu.be/HKMNKS-9ugY
We made it to John Oliver's show! Yay!
Seems that the NCPG updated the banner at their website almost immediately after Germany won the 2014 World Cup. To which the internet replied, "Quick, Andy! Tell us which team your dad is betting on next!"
Also, if you didn't know, Messi won the Golden Ball award. What they didn't tell you was that Suarez won the Golden Tooth.
And in other news, we found a very rare photo of Andy and his father…
And so we have come to the end of the World Cup and Germany beat Argentina at the finals with one goal by Götze, the super Sub, in the final moments of extra time. The first time a European team has ever won on South American soil.
Andy from the National Council for Problem Gambling commercial won't have to worry about his savings anymore.
And I will leave you with the most beautiful shot from the game.
Good on them, allowing the kids to come in later because of World Cup.
In other news, the World's Saddest Fan from Brazil has a larger story behind him.
The elderly Brazilian gentleman, somewhat of an icon in Brazil, who personified the sadness of a proud footballing nation trounced 7-1 by Germany in the semis, gave his trophy to a young German fan after the match and reportedly told her: "Leve ela até a final! Como podes ver, não é fácil, mas vocês MERECEM. Glückwünsche" ("Take it to the final! It’s not easy, but you deserve it. Congratulations.")
That is true sportsmanship indeed.
YouTube link: http://mrbrwn.co/1xQSBD6
The National Council for Problem Gambling (NCPG) should have bet on England. Or change their name to National Council for Predicting Games.
So I told the wife I was going to watch some #GER vs #BRA action and she looked at me funny. It was to be the first free game on tv and boy did we get goals.
5 goals from Germany in the first 28 minutes alone. Then just when I thought the second half was going to be boring, another 2 more from Germany and a pity goal from Brazil's Oscar in the ninetieth minute. The last time I saw a score like this was FIFA 14.
When Brazil finally scored that courtesy goal, my friend on FB wrote, "So you guys think this is going to penalties or what?"
Meanwhile, on our tv screens, Singtel's tv hosts remind us that their World Cup hashtag is #mioBrazil. How apt. Because it is truly #沒有Brazil liao.
At least Americans will now say, "Wow, this soccer thing is pretty neat! So many goals, like American Football liddat!"
Today sure got discount on Brazillian World Cup jersey one.
And in summary of this Germany vs Brazil match:
You hear the thunder, wind and pitter-patter outside? That's the tears of Brazil reaching Singapore.
"There is surely no free lunch… The Government is committed to ensure the affordability of public transport fares. However, regular fare adjustments are still necessary to ensure the overall financial sustainability of the public transport system." says Lui Tuck Yew.
Fares NEED to increase leh. Thanks ah, Transport Minister! Thanks!
Here I thought the the whole point of the bus contracting model was to keep prices competitive and services efficient. Silly me.
Once upon a time, three navies responded to a pirate attack.
The Singapore Navy said they arrived first. And then in brotherhood, solidarity and ASEAN cooperation with the Malaysian and Indonesian navies, who arrived later but were just as brave and instrumental to the event, fended off the pirates.
The Malaysian Navy said they came and fended off the pirates, with assistance of the Singaporean and Indonesian navies.
The Indonesian Navy said they plan to name their next ship after the pirates.
When the road caved in near the intersection of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Imbi in KL, where tunneling was happening for the Pudu underpass project, the internets responded swiftly with a photoshop meme. Here are some of the interpretations of what caused the sink holes, sent to me by my intrepid Twitter followers.
My favourite one is the Suarez one above.
Loki shouldn't have been playing with Thor's hammer lor…
Finally, this image below got some laughs. Later it was clarified that the duct tape was used to monitor earth movement, and not to repair the cracks. The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department seemed rather miffed and said that "it is not a joke or something to be made fun of".
I helped an old man find his 6-year-old granddaughter yesterday. The K2 girl broke away from his grasp at the void deck, like she was playing hide and seek with him.
An auntie found her at the bus stop and told the little girl wearing a blue kindergarten uniform that her grandfather was looking for her over at the next block.
I overheard it and volunteered to find the grandfather who was by now panicking and panting from running around the neighbouring blocks looking for her, carrying her school bag and his own things.
When I brought the grandfather back to his grandchild, the little girl got a scolding from me and a second auntie who had taken over from the first auntie (her bus came).
The second auntie said to the grandpa, "Go home and tell her parents. They must discipline her. It is so dangerous for her to run away like that."
"Cannot do that ah," I said to the girl, in a stern voice. "If you get lost then your family will be so worried!"
"Ya, wait got bad men kidnap you how?" said the auntie.
The relieved and thankful grandfather and his grandchild then boarded the bus to go home at another estate.
It takes a village to raise a child. So glad to see the sense of community still alive and well in my neighbourhood.
Now that school has reopened, and the holidays are over, I can finally get down to writing about the little holiday I took with the family in June.
We didn't really plan anything so I just booked a stay in a hotel in JB, Malaysia for three days. I know what you are thinking, what is there in JB? Well, I can tell you that JB has three things going for it.
1. It is near.
2. It has affordable and good Malaysian food.
3. The hotel has a pool and a mall attached to it.
Sightseeing was not on the agenda. My kids just like the idea of a hotel stay (and staycations in Singapore cost a bomb), being able to swim at the hotel pool, and hanging out at the mall. The wife was happy to just shop in ringgit and my mother could get some marketing done too. Isaac, Faith, my wife, my mom and my helper went by the little family car. Joy and I took the bus over. Yes, I took public transport to JB.
Given the mode of travel, the one thing I wanted to do was to pack as little as possible. I managed to squeeze three days worth of clothes, toiletries, and electronics in this little 20L Deuter daypack. When I say electronics, I mean my Sony A7 camera with two lenses and my iPad Air. That was it. No laptop, no PS Vita, and no bulky headphones. I just wanted to chill with the family, and maybe listen to some music or watch a tv show or movie on the iPad Air if there was time.
Enter the Klipsch R6 and R6i (with iPhone remote). This is the replacement for the Klipsch S4 (and S4i), the entry-level earphones that I used and liked in 2011 (how time flies!). And just like the last time, I experienced the Klipsch while on a trip.
For the purposes of this review, I used the R6i, with the iPhone remote. The R6i surprised me. If you didn't tell me they are meant to be entry level earphones, I would not have thought they were. The signature S4 sound is still there, but vastly improved. First of all, that sibilance that used to be fairly pronounced on the S4 is pretty much gone. Second of all, the build quality has gone up significantly, using aluminum and elastomer for a more high-end look. The headphone jack, a critical part, looks reinforced, which means better protection from failure.
The bass is punchy but not overwhelming. The mids are now less muddy compared to the S4 series it replaces. In fact, I could hear details that I didn't used to get from the S4. I also felt the sound was slightly warmer. You could say that the R6i is a more refined brother of the S4i.
The best way I can describe the R6 is that it is balanced. Soundstage has also improved over its predecessor. And the new flat cable is much better, making the R6 less prone to tangling.
It is very diminutive when you pack it for travel. Even in its pouch, the package is slim. I shoved it into my pants pocket when I wanted to take it along, and other times, I just shoved it with its pouch into my backpack. It was light, small and got out of the way, and rarely got tangled up.
The oval ear-buds, a Klipsch thing, made the R6i very comfortable for long periods of use. The remote control on the R6i is also nice, with the play button being obvious to the touch, while the volume controls are flush with the remote. This means that without looking, you can locate the single bump of the play button very easily instead of being confused by three bumps.
I normally burn in my earphones by playing them for more than 20 hours before using them, but the R6i was something I just grabbed for the trip and used. Sounded great out of the box, which I didn't expect. After hours of using it on the road, it sounded even better.
Oh, how could I leave you without photos of our little vacation, right? Here are the kids enjoying the heck out of the hotel pool, which even had a dinosaur theme pool area.
The yellow float cost me ten ringgit to rent, which was ok, I guess. I rented two floats so the kids wouldn't fight over it.
Faith totally loved the holiday. We let her swim all she wanted, and there were no plane rides (not her most favorite thing). And I got to eat all the lovely street food in JB, and even squeezed in some time for a late night massage with the wife.
Not bad for a last-minute holiday.
Klipsch SEA is giving away 20 pairs of Klipsch R6/R6i! All you have to do is to answer a few questions in their quick survey and you will automatically stand a chance to win a pair!
A big thank you for taking part and good luck!
One evening, Isaac took out a booklet of donation lucky draw tickets and asked my mother-in-law, "婆婆，你可以买我的Lucky Draw吗？” ("Grandma, can you buy some of my lucky draw tickets?")
"用华语讲." I said, waiting him to practise using his Chinese.
Joy piped in, trying to be helpful, "La¹ Key³ Draw¹."
Annoyed, I replied, "Saying the words Lucky Draw with the Chinese tones doesn't make it Chinese, ok? It is… it is… wait ah…"
*checks Google Translate app* "It is 幸运大抽奖 lah!" I declared proudly.
Hey, you have to give this father points for trying ok?
I've seen my share of stylo circuses, like Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize and Zumanity, so I was looking forward to watching LE NOIR at Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre, because it features former stars of Cirque du Soleil and other big acts.
The wife and I took the two younger ones with me, and we were quite blown away by the show.
The Ringmaster, performed by Salvador Salangsang Jr, was hilarious, as his antics helped to bridge the death-defying acts. In the photo I took above, Ignatov-Radokhov was spinning his cube with aplomb.
I was also holding my breath when I took this photo of Gediminas Pavlovicius doing his Rolla Bolla act, balancing on metal pipes. It is easily one of my favorite acts from the show. I got to pick up the pipes later backstage and they are just plain pipes, no tricks. Just sheer skill and balance.
This is the second time LE NOIR has come to Singapore, and this time it adds the Wheel of Death, something we didn't get to see because the performer sprained his ankle at an earlier performance and had to heal up. I hope he gets well soon. Still, the rest of the show was great.
The show started its run in Tokyo, and has already been to Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and after Singapore, it will be heading to Atlantic City and Australia. Then only will the cast get a four week break, the Ringmaster tells me.
We were enthralled by this skating act as they spun on a small little circle of a platform. What would happen if she flew off? *shudder*
We also gasped with wonder at the dexterity of all the performers. And we admired the costumes and the well-choreographed dances. So artistic.
After the show, we got a little backstage tour led by the Ringmaster himself. That was a real treat for the kids. Salvador (who is really from Hawaii but acts as a French clown) showed us his props and the gear used by the cast. Joy and Isaac got to try pulling the giant industrial-strength balloon he uses for his funny balloon act. I am told it costs about US$60 for one of these balloons.
LE NOIR was thoroughly enjoyable, even for this veteran cirque fan. You can find out more and book tickets at the MBS site.
Now I am hoping my kids don't tell me they plan to run away and join the circus. At least wait till after their studies lah.
After some teething problems with the set-up, I finally completed setting up the Asus RT-AC68U to replace my RT-N66U. I had to yank out all the other network cables and just have one network cable from the iMac to the Asus RT-AC68U for the initial web GUI to show up properly.
So far so good.
Wired network transfers, from NAS to NAS and PC to PC, are faster. Wifi range is a tad better than the previous RT-N66U, though I am still using Asus EA-N66 "Spaceship" as a 5GHz wifi access point in my furthest room for 5-bar speed in that room.
Port forwarding also ensured that the uTorrent works at top speed.
The SONOS is working properly, none of the problems I have read about the RT-AC68U having issues with SONOS. It may be because of the updated firmware. Apple TVs working. Netflix also ok, with the Unotelly DNS settings inserted. FTP also set up and working.
A firmware update also made the RT-AC68U capable of supporting HFS+ drives for Time Machine network backup. Gonna hook up a USB3 drive to this and test it out. The RT-AC68U has both a USB3 and a USB2 port. My previous RT-N66U had two USB2 ports only. I expect to see further speed improvements with a USB3 drive connected to the new router.
By the way, if you are having problems with your iPad not being able to connect on the 5GHz wifi, try setting the 5GHz to a fixed channel rather than to Auto. Try both a low-numbered channel and a high-numbered channel. I am on channel 36.
Next up, bring home the MacBook Pro retina from the office to test the 802.11AC wifi speeds.