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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Distance Fare / Pay By Distance

A few more days to go....
On 3 July 2010, everyone taking public transport (bus and trains) in Singapore will have to change the way they pay.

First of all, the starting fare will be 71 cents as you can see from the chart below. We now pay 69 cents.

Propaganda has been telling everyone that 2/3 of the commuters will be paying less for their journey. Only 1/3 will be paying more. Kinda hard to believe when the starting fare for buses starts from 71 cents instead of 69 cents. Probably 1/3 of the people are the short trippers?

Pay By Distance

Anyway, if you are in Singapore, and take public transport, click on to (opens a new window) to calculate your new fares based on Distance Fare / Pay By Distance.

For me, I will be paying more. From 88 cents to $1.09
Will you be paying more or less?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Just looking into the skies

I was just staring at the sky and thought how beautiful it is.  

orange sky

Have a great and beautiful week just like this photo!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Youth Olympic Games - The Bus and the Official Song.

A few days ago, I saw the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2010 bus that is to be ferry athletes around. This is a photo of the bus!

Right in front of the bus is an inverted "GIVE WAY", YOG vehicle license plate and the Olympic Rings. There will also be YOG Lanes along roads in Singapore.

A reminder to road users to give way. Your graciousness would be much appreciated.
(by the way, if you fail to give way, you will receive a fine. The YOG vehicles are to be treated like any other emergency services vehicles.)

If you want to read more, here is a link at the YOG Site

Youth Olympic Games Bus

More about the YOG.
If you have not heard or view the YOG Singapore 2010 Theme Song, here's the Music Video.
Titled: "Everyone".

Friday, June 25, 2010

Are you into Eco Products?

Just before I went for a holiday few weeks ago, I attended a press conference by Panasonic and learned about their 'eco ideas'. They have an environmental sustainability program and they aim to be the number one Green Innovation Company in the electronics industry by 2018.

Why I put up this post was that I am impressed that they have an Environment Champions (Schools) Industry Module in Singapore. $20,000 has been handed out to 20 teams of students from primary and secondary schools for them to implement their own 'eco ideas'. Walk the talk, not bad!

These are some photos I took at the press conference the other day.

Panasonic Eco Products

Panasonic Eco Products

You can see that eco products uses less energy. But eco products also do cost more!
So, you don't really save money from the start. It's kind of like an long term investment, you only recoup the cost after 2 or 3 years, or maybe more.

Panasonic Eco Products

Personally, I try to be 'eco-friendly' whenever possible. But I am selective though.

I bring my own recycle bag with me all the time in my camera bag and use them. All the lighting at home are energy saving. Our fridge at home is also an invertor fridge, which uses less electricity.

But I really can't live without air-conditioning. I guess it's because we are in Asia. When the day's hot and dry, you need the air-con to stay comfortable to work. When the day's wet and humid, you also need to turn on the air-con to reduce the humidity! (You do realise books and clothing and shoes get mouldy after wet season right?)

So when choosing these electrical products (eg aircon), it's good to choose products that are not only energy saving, but also made from eco materials and also made in factories that are 'eco' friendly.

Here is something that might interest you:
Do you think you can create an eco advertisement and spread an idea on how to make the world a better place? You stand a chance to win eco products too! Go to for more information.

(FYI. I receive no payment for this post.)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sim Lim Square

A place to go if you want to get the latest electronic gadgets at a cheaper price.
It's somehow interesting that some things get cheaper, the higher the floor.

Sim Lim Square

A visit here always feel that everyone you have at home is obsolete! sigh...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort 'officially' opens today in Singapore.

This is a photo of the 3 55-storey hotel towers with the Sands Sky Park on top.

If you see that the tower is leaning, it is!
Leaning at a maximum angle of 52 degrees, it is more inclined than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
I just read that from today's newspaper.

Marina Bay Sands

I am interested to go up to the 340 meter long Sky Park!
Photos from the website are tempting me to get up there!
But I shall wait, wait till their teething problems are all over :-)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Was away on holiday...

Sorry for the long pause.  If you were all wondering what happened, I was away on holidays!

My sis and I accompanied mum to UK to visit our sis, bro-in-law and our younger brother and his gf.
Kinda like a small family reunion. If only Dad could go with us.

Away on Holidays...

Why were we there?
Our sis just delivered a cute little baby. Mum's there preparing Chinese confinement food. ;-)

I am a proud uncle!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I love museum

It's the school holidays in Singapore now. If you are a parent and running out of ideas to entertain your kids, you might want to turn your kid into a museum fan. ;-)

When I was doing my pre-U studies in Melbourne, I remember my teacher/lecturer saying that most people visit Museums and Art Galleries around the world and not the ones in their own city! Do you think it's true? I think so!

i love museum

If you have a few kids, you might find it expensive if you got to pay for entrance fees for so many people. (eg 4 or 5 persons)

A colleague told me that last week they were at the Science Centre to catch the Pixar thingy but they not go in after looking at the prices. They went nearby to entertain the kid.

But here's some good news. Many of us know that we usually have to pay for entrance fees for museums in Singapore. But looking at this huge banner, it says Free Admission!

"Singapore 1960" - starts tomorrow till 22 Aug 2010.
For more details you can visit

Singapore 1960

Here's another activity for your weekends in Singapore.
Walking tours! If you like to walk and get to know Singapore more, you might want to visit
They have free walking tours every Sunday.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Theme Day June 2010: For your own safety, please do not run after a moving bus

It's the first day of June. How time flies. The first of every month is the "city daily photo theme day". The theme for June is "Funny Signs".

For your own safety, please do not run after a moving bus

Some might find this funny. But when you do get into an accident, it certainly is not funny.

Wanna see what other City Daily Photo bloggers are posting today?
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.