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National Gallery Singapore closes art exhibit by young artists

30/11/2015 Leave a comment

So after a lot of pomp and splendour, the Singapore National Gallery opens but leaves an ugly taste in the mouth for some young artists, one of them reduced to tears. According to the Straits Times:

When Renndom Met Airany: A Visual Duologue by Renn and Aira Lim, about the siblings growing up together and inspiring each other, had to be taken down due to a “fatal error” on Gallery & Co’s part, the cafe said in a statement on Facebook on Sunday afternoon.

Gallery & Co is a cafe in the National Gallery that exhibited the exhibits but apparently, the National Gallery did not agree with them exhibiting art.

I agree with the kids father, Pann Lim when he wrote in his Facebook post:

This morning I was talked down like a fourth class citizen by one of the directors of the gallery because I am a nobody to him. But I chose to stay composed because I am way pass this phase in my life to be confrontational because raising your voice does not make you right. This week has taught us a lot. Maybe a little too much for you 2 kids, at this tender age to be emotionally crushed by giants, but that’s how ugly the world is sometimes. Kids, always remember people at the top have the birds eye view but at most times they will never understand how people move on the ground. And the higher they fly the harder they will fall one day.

Honestly National Gallery, you could have been a bit more discreet and magnanimous. What a way to be remembered for your opening. I can safely say that I for one will not bother going there or giving you any business. You fellas leave a bad taste in the mouth

The police car revolving light

29/11/2015 Leave a comment

Remember the police action dramas of old, in the 70s? Plain-clothes detectives riding in their unmarked police cars, probably munching on donuts when they receive a call on their CB radios. Immediately they spring into action, one of them rolling their windscreen down and then sticking a revolving light on top of the car, making it an instant police car with the sirens blaring. It always fascinated me as a kid to see that. Today, while on the bus, I came across one such light. You can see the cable linking into what is presumably the car’s cigarette lighter socket that is on the dashboard. But this is not a police car. It was a car parked at the side of the road. bit of an anti-climax for me but what the heck, it sure brought back those memories…

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LTA officer beat up an Uber driver

28/11/2015 Leave a comment

This is disgusting. From what I was told or rather, what I read, this LTA officer beat up an older man who was an Uber driver. This was taken from this lady named Amber Pek and she took a video of it. I found the video on YouTube and posted the link above. In case you want to know what happened, this is what Amber had to say about the incident:

So today is my first time riding with Uber and I witness a LTA officer beating up the Uber cab uncle. I’m sharing this as I felt this was an abuse of power from the LTA officer. His actions were absolutely outrageous and unacceptable. Using violence on an old uncle and kicking him even when he’s on the ground.

I called for a Uber car to pick me up at bugis junction Victoria street taxi stand. I did not know only taxis were allowed to turn in. However when I was waiting for my Uber car to arrive, I saw this LTA officer standing at the turning in point, scolding and chasing cars away. He was not friendly at all and was shouting at the cars in a rude manner. Naturally I quickly went to the entry point when my uber car came and told the officer I called for this uber cab ride and that he’s just turning in to pick me up like normal on call cabs.

The LTA officer then proceeded to scold the uber driver in a rude way saying he’s gonna give him a warning and why can’t he read only taxi is allowed to enter?

Uber driver to officer: ” My passenger requested for pick up at the taxi stand. What should i do?”
Lta to uber :”tell ur passenger to go to the other side! Can’t your passenger walk?! You wanna talk back now? I warning you and you want to talk back?! I’m gonna report you!” (Yes he was shouting)

LTA officer then begun to block the car taking photos. The uber driver drove in the taxi stand, got down the car and gave the LTA officer his NRIC telling him just take down his details. The officer then continued shouting and said the uncle was harassing him. The uncle got back in the car and the LTA officer started to gesture big actions and started taking photos again. The uber uncle got down again and asked again if he wants all his details. The lta officer begin to become aggressive, shouting hokkien vulgarities saying he don’t mind losing his job. Then he threw the first punch at the Uber uncle. You guys can see the rest from the video that both times the LTA officer threw the first punch and proceeded to kick the old uncle when he fell to the ground.

Despite all these and his bleeding injuries, the uber uncle told me “xiao mei it’s ok let’s go uncle send you. Uncle old already aiyo my teeth dropped out.” I felt so pained seeing his face filled with blood. I kept apologizing as I didn’t know cars were not allowed. He just assured me it’s okay and told me not to worry. I gave him my contact and would like to thank him for sending me to my destination safely. I’m currently in contact with his son should he need further assistance because they are at TTSH at the moment.

Ps: I didn’t dare to get out of the car because I felt very threatened by the LTA officer and I felt very helpless but am glad someone tried to stop the fight. Thankful for the kind souls.

This is absolutely disgusting. I know that there are two sides to a story but from what I can see, the LTA officer started the punching. I hope this LTA officer ets the bloody book thrown at him. Bastard.

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Malaysia has a new invention…scissor salad

27/11/2015 Leave a comment

One of my friends shared this with me on Facebook and when I saw it I damn near busted a gut laughing at it. This was for a Malaysian Parliamentary dinner…of sorts with some VIPs in attendance. And there it is…the first line…listed as an appetizer. Scissors salad. Oh man….that cracked me up!

But all is good. Some of my Malaysian friends laughed along with it and some even said that that is the reason why Sarawak wants to have English as the first language. But it sure made my day when I saw it. I needed a laugh and this was it

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Train horn on an electric car

26/11/2015 Leave a comment

When I sa this, I really had a fit of the giggles. Imagine…this small car, an electric one furthermore, armed with a train horn, scaring the shit out of people nearby. It seems…so…unexpected…that a car like this has a big-ass train horn. LOL!

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Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

25/11/2015 Leave a comment

Nowadays, laptops and desktops are starting to come without built-in CD drives. So what happens when you want to re-install your operating system. never fear. Enter this tool from Microsoft. What it does is to “burn” your ISO of the operating system into a USB drive and make it bootable. After that, you can boot from the USB drive and install your operating system. This tool also allows you to “burn” a bootable CD or DVD  of your operating system but since we are on the topic of USB drives, this is not important. But it is useful to know that the capability to do so is in this tool. I have used this to create bootable Linux USB thumb drives with no issue as well. Yes, it’s that good and did I mention it’s free?

Serial port gender changer

24/11/2015 Leave a comment

When I wrote in a previous post about finding my old USB to serial port converter some time back, I realised that in some instances, I might need gender changers. Now some of you may be wondering what gender changers are. Basically, they change my male serial port into a female one. That is required sometimes when I connect my converter to equipment like projectors and such. So instead of carrying serial cables of all types (male, female and the like) I just carry a male to male serial cable and have the gender changer plugged in. Voila! Issue solved!

Get some of these. They are not expensive and are smaller to pack in your bag than a whole host of serial cables

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