"We apologize unreservedly if we had been seen to be insensitive to the gravity of the situation. The staff concerned has been counseled to be more circumspect; we hope the public will be forgiving and we can focus our attention and efforts on the affected victims of this most unfortunate tragedy."
How do you consider it an "unreserved" apology if there is an "if" after that? And what does the SVP mean "IF we had been SEEN to be insensitive"? So does that mean, we apologize if you think we've been insensitive but if you don't think we've been insensitive, we don't apologize?
And why was the staff concerned counseled for this? Doesn't the buck stop with the head of Marketing?
And what is up with last bit? Does it mean if we don't forgive them, we are getting in the way of them focusing on the tragedy? Is a "Let's move on"?
For once, I'd like to see a straightforward apology, something like this:
"We apologize unreservedly for being insensitive to the gravity of the situation. We hope the public will forgive us. We are sorry, we screwed up."
Really? An 8.8 earthquake and a massivetsunami has hit Japan and this is the email your Vice-President for Marcomms sends out, Channel NewsAsia?
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PARLIAMENT on Thursday approved the allocation of an additional $1.25 million to the Civil List, which specifies the salaries of the President, his personal staff, and expenditure.
The amount set aside for the President's salary is $4,267,500, up from $3,376,800. The entertainment allowance remains unchanged at $73,000. The amount for staff salaries increases by $471,600 to $4,532,400.
Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said these increases were to cater for an additional staff officer to support the work of the Council of Presidential Advisers, a Butler Manager to meet the increased demand for butler services at the Istana, and to meet higher variable payments on account of strong economic growth.
I suddenly realised I haven't written about riding for a while. Riding my bicycles to work and most places has become such a daily routine for me that it is something I take for granted.
As an update, I have since given one of my mountain bikes away, sold the Dahon Curve to a friend, and bought this Raleigh MV-7 Mini-velo (mini-bike). It doesn't fold but it has 20-inch wheels and an entry-level 7-speed Shimano drivetrain. Not an expensive bicycle but very fun and functional to ride.
I added some bits I had left over, like a brown Brooks B-17 Special saddle and Dia-Compe brake levers, and also bought a cheap inverted handlebar, smaller Tekto brakes, and 1-inch-wide Maxxis Overdrive Elite tires. Not a very expensive makeover as well.
My daily ride is still my Dahon Mu P24 folding bicycle, my workhorse. But it is nice to have a little variety in life.
While looking at mini-velos, I also happened to stumble upon my own site while browsing one of my favourite bicycle sites, Cycle Chic™ from Copenhagen. My site was on the list of Cycle Chic™ Suggests. I am most honoured.
Cycle Chic™ is still one of the leading sites that promote Style Over Speed, a philosophy of riding that I most agree with. I visit the site just to see beautifully dressed people riding their bicycles, instead of the usual sports-and-lycra photos.
You can go on and on about the hot and rainy weather, the road conditions and the inconvenience of riding in Singapore but you won't convince me. I've been doing this for almost four years now and enjoying every minute of it. Every time the COE goes up, or the ERP charges increase, I just laugh it off. Every time the public transport system strains harder under the increased population load, I give thanks for my two wheels getting me where I need to go with minimal fuss.
Yes, I get some exercise too. But that's not my main reason to keep riding. I do it because it still is a lot of fun. Nothing beats the feeling of the cool night air, right after it has rained, wrapping itself around your face as you drive your bicycle at a leisurely pace.
I will leave you with this article from Grist.com, entitled "How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it)". While it is based on the US economy, the lessons there also apply for Singapore.
Someone in my twitter feed used this word and immediately, nostalgia kicked in and brought me back to my childhood where we used this word to describe an explosion.
As in: “Pewpewpewpew! Tebaboom!”
It can also be used like this:
“I ate so many chicken nuggets, I was going to tebaboom.”
In some circles it is also pronounced “Chibaboom.”
After the buzz of hearing “Tebaboom” being used, I decided that we needed a revival. A revival to bring some well-loved Singlish phrases and words back into our daily conversations. So in the dead of night, I sent out the word "Tebaboom" under the hashtag #wordstorevive into my Twitterverse, and my Twitter friends joined in with contributions… (cont'd)
I paid a little visit to the King Albert Park McDonald's today to see how the new Teppanyaki Chicken McGrill is made. This was my first time in two decades in a McD's kitchen (I worked in a McD's for a spell before NS) and I was quite looking forward to it.
The kitchen has computers and the newer grills now, but there is still the same ruthless efficiency that I experienced when I worked there. The first thing that struck me about the McGrill is the sourdough bun. I am told these are specially baked at their bakery for this sandwich and dusted with wheat flour.
After being toasted, the special sauce is applied.
A leaf of fresh lettuce…
Some juicy tomato slices…
The chicken thigh patties are grilled here…
"Smile, you're on mrbrown's camera!"
Hot off the grill!
Time for the chicken thigh to join the rest of the sandwich…
And packed into the box, ready to go!
I had to hustle out of the kitchen as soon as I got my shots because the lunch crowd was coming in and it was going to get hectic.
I wonder if I can still slide across the floor like I used to do in my younger days. Probably not. I was much lighter when I was 18.