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Antique Bakelite switches

31/07/2014 1 comment

Back in the day, at my old place where I grew up as a kid, we had these Bakelite switches everywhere, responsible for switching on the light in the room to switching on the fan in the same room. I remember that I did not care for them much back in the day. A switch was just that…a switch. But just the other day, when my wife and myself were visiting this old coffeeshop, we came upon many of these kind of switches in the premises. This coffeeshop is like one of those places where time has stood still. In any case, now, in my older years, just glancin at the row of Bakelite switches brought back memories…and sweet ones too…of a period where life was simpler. Much simpler.

Its funny how inanimate things like Bakelite switches can jog your memories…

In any case, I went online and I managed to find a shop in Singapore selling these switches for $30 dollars each. As far as I am concerned, this is bloody highway robbery. I know that there are many old-school electrical shops around the island that still stock these. I bet you can get these for a much better price. I am thinking of getting a few and replacing the switches on my lights…

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Jews and Arabs Refuse To be Enemies

30/07/2014 Leave a comment

This hatred among Jews and Arabs has been going on for decades, both accusing the other of various infractions. But actually, Jews and Arabs do not hate each other. It’s the leaders of the nations that hate each other. And there is proof. There is a group on Facebook named Jews And Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies. I love that group so much that I joined it immediately. I am neither Arab or Jew but it’s comforting to see Arabs and Jews getting together to try to change the minds of the many whoo are trying to instill hate in them. This is a pic I got from the Facebook site, and another one I posted here. Join the website…let’s have peace on earth. Didn’t John Lennon once proclaim that All You Need Is Love?

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No more LCCT in Malysia for low-cost flights

29/07/2014 Leave a comment

I am very glad that we do not have to use this LCCT (low-cost-carrier terminal) in Sepang anymore when arriving or departing from Malaysia via air. I used to arrive at this terminal everytime I caught an AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur. Not any more. Flights to Sepang now, the low-cost flights that is, like those from AirAsia, TigerAir et al, now go to KLIA2, which is the new low-cost-carrier terminal. And it is much better than this LCCT that was always packed, had a horrible sound-system with audio so distorted that you could not understand what the announcers were saying. KLIA2 is miles better than this

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2014

28/07/2014 Leave a comment

I would like to take this opportunity, as I have done in recent years, to wish all my Muslim friends, relatives and readers of this blog, a Selamat Hari Raya Aidul Fitri.

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Does the Singapore HDB discriminate against single parents?

26/07/2014 Leave a comment

This a letter sent from the HDB, by a Mr Tan Hong Chun to a lady named Jaxe Pan. She wanted to buy a unit from the HDB but was told in a letter that as a single mother, she is no different from a single person. Its all written in the letter above so the proof is in the pudding. I would have thought that a home and shelter is a basic human right no?

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Rest in peace James Garner

21/07/2014 Leave a comment

I read on the news about James Garner, an American actor, who passed away at the age of 86. I still remember James Garner acting as the scrounger Hedley in the movie The Great Escape, and as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. This is a picture from the movie The Great Escape, which I took from this site. He lived to a grand age of 87 so I am sure that he got to experience the life the way he wanted it. Rest in peace Mr Garner.

Desafinado: Coleman Hawkins plays Bossa Nova and Jazz Samba

19/07/2014 Leave a comment

My late dad bought this record in the mid to early 60s. I remember playing the record for dinner and dances back in the day when people were eating dinner. In my opinion, Coleman Hawkins just rocks, even though some people might not have agreed with me with regards to this type of music. Ah…the true music-starved people of Singapore…bless them. In any case, I have just managed to transfer this whole record to CD and now, I can listen to it on my home stereo! I tell you, there is nothing like a little bossa nova in your music diet and Coleman Hawkins, with his saxophone, will take care of that.