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Australian jobs for Australians says Malcolm Turnbull

19/04/2017 Leave a comment

I was listening to BBC World Service last night and this report came up. So when I looked for it this morning, I read it in full here on Reuters. I feel that this is a great step from Mr Turnbull and I feel that this is something our very own Government should do i.e. save jobs for Singaporeans first. Remember I was telling you, dear reader, in a past post about that useless jobsite that could not get me or many others a job despite applying for so many? In any case, this is what he said:

“We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains- Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs. We’ll no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”

According to the Reuters report, The 457 visa was introduced in the 1990s to expedite the entry of business professionals and highly skilled migrants but over time it was opened up to include a broad suite of workers. 

Sounds familiar eh? Way to go Mr Turnbull. And to our leaders in the government reading this, shouldn’t you be doing this as well?

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BAUHN powered speakers

14/01/2017 Leave a comment

A friend of mine took a picture of these speakers for sale in Cash Converters Singapore. They were being sold at $450. Now, I do not know about you but speakers like these at that price are a total rip-off. First of all, this brand called Bauhn. I have never heard of them before. So I went on the internet and did a search for the company. Apparently, it is a company from Australia and they sell all manner of electronic goods, just like Altronics and Dick Smith used to do. These speakers are powered, as I said, with 10″ woofers and a pretty simple mixer behind. I suppose these will do the job but seriously, what happens if one of these break down? How do you fix it? Who do you send it to for repairs? Australia? I bet it would cost more to send it down there to be fixed than to buy a new pair

So I told my friend not to waste his time with speakers like these. Look for more reputable brands. And that is another thing when shopping for second-hand goods…you never know how much the previous owner has used them. Buy with care, or as I always say…caveat emptor!

Well done Sonny Truyen you dickhead

12/07/2016 Leave a comment

This is a post by Sonny Truyen, an Australian citizen of Vietnamese descent. This dumb fuck was so incensed that he couldn’t go out to catch Pokémon Go madness in Singapore that he let rip a few choice words about my country on Facebook over the weekend. Talk about idiotic

In any case, he had apparently just started working here a week when this dumbass “bit the hand that fed him”. The Internet erupted and a witch hunt was done for him. The company he is working for is a Singaporean company and the owner, after finding out what he wrote online, terminated his employment contract. Sony Truyen, a so-called digital marketer, should have known better. I still say that he is a fucking dumbass for not thinking of the consequences

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The Aussie SG50 50 Bridges barbecue and The People’s Association

01/07/2015 Leave a comment

I spent two years as a student in Australia and was invited for many a barbecue there. I remember having the time of my life at such barbecues and I can heartily say that those social events made an indelible mark in my memories: the horsing around, the jokes, the teasing, the laid-back atmosphere…I loved it.

So on Sunday evening, a couple of days back, I was watching TV with my mum. I saw something about a mass Australian barbecue in Singapore. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong were shown flipping steaks at one of the ’50 BBQs’ hosted by Singapore’s Australian High Commission to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Australia on Sunday. ’50 BBQs’ was billed as an open, public event where Singaporeans would be treated to an Aussie-style BBQ where 10,000 beef and lamb steaks would be served at 23 sites across the island.

However, it did not go well as seen on TV. But I am used to that. Our local media loves to paint rosy pictures for everyone. The Australian barbecue event had caused a fiery spat between Singapore locals and The People’s Association. The Australian High commision posted on its Facebook page:

“This is IT. Tonight’s the night of our long awaited ’50 BBQs’! Many locations are ticketed by the People’s Association to ensure there’s enough food for all. But we’ve been told some spare coupons are set aside for those who just show up. We can’t wait to cook for you.”

It seems that The People’s Association had reserved the tickets for their own members, such as grassroots members, with none issued to the public. People did not know that and even those that did not know how to get tickets.

And to add insult to injury, it seems that at the Bishan Park site, where Mr Abbott and PM Lee were cooking,  locals with no tickets were only invited to partake once all the ticketed attendees had eaten their fill, according to commenters, something akin to servants only entitled to the scraps after dinner. One person posted this on The People’s Association page:

Dear Australian friends, Thank you for the great food and hospitality. It’s unfortunate that your generosity and graciousness has been undone by your co-organiser.

As a Singaporean, I too would like to thank the Australians for what they had done. They were gracious and generous people. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of The People’s Association.

Heater useful during cold winter in Australia

23/08/2014 Leave a comment

When I was in Australia fairly recently, it was in the receding stages of winter but the nights were cold. Some mornings, I woke up to temperatures of three degrees. I was literally freezing my nuts off! Lucky I had this heater to warm me up. When one is like me, used to the warm temperatures of Singapore, the cold of winter takes some getting used to. Luckily I had this heater!

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Superbee raw honey from Australia

17/02/2014 Leave a comment

Some time back, a couple of moths back in fact, my wife bought some honey. She said she wanted to buy good quality, organic honey. So she bought this one, that cost her about $30 a bottle for the one kilogram bottle. I must admit, this is honey at its finest. It tastes like the honey we used to but years ago when I was a kid. Its just the taste that triggers memories. Lovely honey…a bit pricey but sometimes you have to pay for quality…and this is quality. My cereal with this honey in the morning tastes absolutely wonderful. So remember, if you are shopping for raw, organic honey, get this. You will not regret it!

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Electronics Australia and their electronic kits

10/08/2011 1 comment

I loved Electronics Australia magazine. Note the word: loved. This megazine was very entertaining, ever since I bought a copy in New Zealand in December 1986, while in transit at the airport waiting for a connecting flight. Ever since then, I have begged and pleaded with friends in Australia to send me copies of the magazine because it was only available in Australia. I still have a few copies from back in the day when I was a student in Australia and also when I was in the airlines and was able to purchase it every time I went to Australia for work. Sad to say, that magazine is no more. I feel the same way as David Jones and his rant. But there is news, and good news at that. Silicon Chip, another magazine in Australia, is doing the same thing with electronic projects that Electronics Australia did. There is also this website by this guy named Stefan Vorkoetter. I came across his site when I was doing research on Sanyo Eneloop batteries. I found his site to be pretty interesting and I learnt much from it, much like I did from Electronics Australia. I hope to find more informative sites like these and they will be going on this blog when I find them

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