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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Not the usual Singapore Sky

This was taken Tuesday evening at around 7:40PM.

The sky was looking different, sky's reddish and my mind ran wild. There must be a hidden alien spaceship out there. There was a bright part in the clouds. Which also makes me wonder, how will aliens power their spaceships. Nuclear power? Hmm..

Not the usual Singapore Sky

A while later, probably about 9 pm, there was the strong spot lights shining into the sky. (Very common now in Singapore.) That made me think, the aliens have captured Singaporeans! What do they want to know? How to teach mathematics to alien kids? Hmm...


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ArtScience Museum from the top.

I happened to be at a very tall building just beside the ArtScience Museum.
I could not resist not taking a photo of it again. I took and posted a photo of it once here.

ArtScience Museum from the top

So that's where the lights are placed. It produces such a nice glow to the so called 'lotus' leaves.
Rainwater is harvested and channeled down the big 'sink plug' you see in the photo. Part of that water is used in their toilets.

I have not been in there, but I want to go there one of these days before the current exhibition ends.
I must make time to visit the Shipwrecked Tangs Treasures on display now. Must find out which credit card gives discount for the entrance ticket. ;-)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Singapore Science Festival 2011 : 22 to 28 July 2011 @ Suntec Convention Hall 401

The Singapore Science Festival 2011 is back again! If you have not been attending the Science Festival, it's an annual event that celebrates the dynamism of science, engineering, technology and biomedicine. It's organised by the Science Centre Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

One of the interesting part of the Science Festival is X-periment! where the latest innovations and research by Singapore's research and tertiary institutions are featured. I was there last year at Marina Square for X-periment, were you there too? I was a triple science student and these science and geeky stuff intrigues me till today!

Talking about Marina Square, don't you think it was getting too crowded the last few years? The organisers seems to notice it too and this year, the Singapore Science Festival will be at the Suntec Convention Hall 401 from 22 to 28 July. There are also satellite events from 23 July to 13 August.

X-periment! is on tomorrow and this weekend! Go check it out at Suntec Convention Hall 401.

To find out more about the festival, you can visit:
If you prefer news coming to your Facebook streams, "like" their Facebook page at

This year I had a special preview of the event yesterday.

Jim Lenz

We saw this American Science teacher which also happens to be a Science Entertainer performed for us.  He name is Jim Lenz. What a cool science teacher! How I wished my science teacher was as entertaining as he was when I was a kid!

He performed some magic tricks and all of us were so intrigue. Either he was very fast, or I was distracted by his t-shirt that was the periodic table!

Jim Lenz

He did some science experiments and even showed us how to make instant ice cream using materials that we can get easily. He also showed us how to make instant ice cream with a fire extinguisher!

I am not sure if he will demo it during the Science Festival, but go down to Suntec Convention Hall 401 this weekend probably to take a look!

If you want to see what he did, visit the Science Festival Facebook page. A video of what he did has been posted up!

Yarin Kimor

At the preview, we also met Yarin Kimo. He is a expert in the field of creative thinking. He uses magic tricks to demonstrate how to think differently and constantly develop new ideas.

He performed some experiments that left us so curious how he did it. He said he won't reveal to us, but will disclose the answer during the festival.

The robes on the table, it was used to cut through himself! Intriguing! Watch him do it at the Facebook page too!

Herself - Catalytic Clothing

Heard of a air-purifying dress?
This is "Herself", potentially the world’s first air-purifying dress!

The science centre 'scientist' explained to us how it works.

You know cars have catalytic converters in the exhaust have catalyst that stimulates a chemical reaction to convert harmful pollutants into less toxic or inert substances. (eg hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide).

The dress has nano catalyst being part of the textile used for making the dress. The catalyst works the same way and cleans the air around it.

Herself - Catalytic Clothing

Someone said it's a £9000 dress!
Want to take a look? Head down to the Singapore Science Festival 2011!

Monday, July 18, 2011

130 Years of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore

Yesterday, all the Presbyterian Church in Singapore did not hold services in their own premises.

All 38 different congregation met one 'church' at the Singapore Indoor Stadium instead to celebrate the 130 years the Presbyterian Church has been in Singapore.

130 years of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore

I think probably 8500-9000 people gathered together here. It was a very unique service as both the Chinese and English speaking were together.

During the singing of hymns and praises, people were either singing in English or Chinese and it sounded great!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fly the flag...

Fly the flag!

Some blocks of HDB flats are already flying the National Flag since last week.
It gives such a celebratory mood doesn't it?

Singapore Flags

Did you know that outside the National Day celebrations period (1 Jul to 30 Sep), the Singapore flag must always be flown only from a flagpole?

Singapore Flags

The Singapore Flag was unveiled on 3 Dec 1959.  It was 6 months after it was self-governing within the British Empire, that it was officially adopted.

Upon independence on 9 August 1965,  it was adopted as the National flag.

Have you seen the Singapore flag when it had the Union Jack long ago? It's like the current Australian or New Zealand flag. Hop on to this wiki link if you are interested.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

KTM Tracks.

It has been a 13 days since the KTM train tracks have closed / returned to Singapore.
Never have so many people got interested in something so 'old'. There is a sudden surge of people visiting the train tracks!

KTM Tracks

These tracks will be gone soon. Probably in less than a month, it will all be removed by Indeco Engineers (Pte) Ltd. They won the SGD 632,000.00 Gebiz Tender to remove and storage of railway including ancillary structures from Woodlands TP to Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

This was taken yesterday morning. People are taking photos of the tracks. Others are just walking along the tracks.

KTM Tracks

The tracks seems to be rusting away barely 2 weeks of not being scrapped by the wheels of the heavy trains.

Crossing the bridge

I was on my way home last Saturday and saw that there are so many people on the railway bridge!
During the weekends, it's like a carnival on the tracks now!

Cars parking along the Bukit Timah Station

Oh yes, traffic jams too! The last time this road was so packed was son 30 June night! ;-)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bus Ticket Machine... and lamenting about 'to be' transport price increase

If you take public transport in Singapore during peak hours, it is difficult to get up a bus or train.

Many people can't get up the bus for 2 reasons:
1) There are no more space in the bus because bus frequency isn't as frequent as they say it is, it is really full at the earlier stops.
2) People in the bus refuse to move to the rear of the bus where they are still standing space. I have no explanation for this. (I realise this is not unique to Singapore, I was in Spain, and people also don't move to the back!)

This morning, the bus I was on was very packed as usual. The bus driver yelled a few times for passengers to move inside, and after a few yells, people started moving in. I am so thankful for the bus drivers that yell. I managed to get up the bus because of the yelling.

I stood beside the ticket issuing machine when I got up. It was too packed to move in further. I have nothing to do so I flipped out my phone and took a photo of the ticket issuing machine. I think the colour's nice! The design's also nice ya! Practical too as it doesn't drop on the floor unlike the previous model.

Bus Ticket Machine

I read the news later in the day and realise that the two public transport companies are seeking to raise fare prices. I know for sure the folks who take public transport will get angry! Packed buses, buses that don't arrive on time. (ok, not all the time, but still not good enough since the last fare increase.....)

In a country that loves press releases, you know the words they are going to use to say they have 'no choice'. The same old excuse, escalating oil prices, productivity, cost pressures etc. The only word they did not use this time is "unprecedented"! 

Opening of new lines used up more electricity for the trains. Hmm. Didn't they report an increase in ridership? Doesn't that means they are collecting more fares? (Let's hope Minister Khaw will blog about this, he is not the minister in charge, but it seems his blog is powerful now and he is logical though not all the time)

When they say they are buying new buses, that I accept. The new buses are cleaner and more comfortable. But they seem to break down! I saw 2 new buses broke down in the last 2 weeks on my way home.

Anyway, you can tell the government your views. Go to they are asking members of the public to voice out.

If you like reading, may I suggest the annual reports for these two companies.

SMRT 2010 Annual Report
Revenue - $895.1m
PATMI - $162.9m

SBSTransit 2010 Annual Report
Revenue - $720.9m
Profit after Tax - $54.3m

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


I like to look at buildings and take photos of them. I also like to dig out information about buildings.
Phase 1 of Fusionopolis was designed by Japanese architect, Kisho Noriaki Kurokawa.


I always wondered how they can think of such nice designs in the first place.
Is that why an architecture degree takes such a long time to complete?


Who's at Fusionopolis? A*Star, Linden Research Labs (think Second Life), Media Development Authority (MDA) and even Asian Food Channel's office!

Just for your information, the architectural firm Kisho Kurokawa Architects also designed Singapore Flyer and also Wheelock Place. For some of you who thinks Wheelock Place has similarities with Melbourne Central (ie the glass cones), well, they were designed by the same architects!

Monday, July 04, 2011

NUS Commencement and the Singapore President.

Today, it's the start of the Commencement Ceremonies for the NUS graduates again.

Probably the happiest time for students, where they finally get to put on their gown and receive their scroll on stage. Not everyone loves to receive that 'piece' of paper it seems, there are always people who will skip the ceremony. I always wondered why some would do that!

I have 2 degrees, one from Monash Uni down under, and a graduate degree from NUS. I don't have the brain capacity to study a PhD, and I think two is enough. Maybe one day when it becomes hip to wear the "strawberry shortcake shape" bonnet,  I will reconsider.

Do you know not every university has a mortar board for the Academic Dress? It so happens that both universities that I got my degree have mortarboards for graduates! I remember friends who went to University of Melbourne complaining, they don't get to wear it! LOL

NUS Commencement

On the first day of the Commencement ceremony in NUS, the NUS Chancellor which also happens to be the President of Singapore, His Excellency Mr S R Nathan gives out the scrolls to the graduates.

Since HE Mr S R Nathan would not be seeking re-election, this would be his last time giving out the scrolls. Now we are all wondering, who will be the next NUS Chancellor. Historically, the Chancellor has always been the President of Singapore. We are all guessing, but one thing for sure, the family name of the President will be 'Tan'! 

Congrats to the class of 2011!
You like many of us will start receiving letters every year to contribute back to NUS! (in monetary form haha)