The Best Appam in Singapore

November 18, 2018

Went to tampines yesterday for my beloved egg appam fix. I was not dissappointed

November 18, 2018

The battle continues between democrats and the republicans

November 18, 2018

With a house the could be deadlocked and hung and a prrsidebt who is unable to unlock the purse for his programmes. Eventually the real losers will be the voters

August 28, 2013

Black Light

I am the legitimate child of fire and sin
I am the unheard whisper behind an innocent grin

I am the mystical tempter of the Garden of Eden
I am the nameless seducer of a fruit forbidden

I am the skewed logic of every good sense
I am the corruption in every pure essence

I am the righter of every conscious wrong
I am the writer of every liars melodious song

I am the unrest after every ominous dream
I am the unseen hand in a deceptive scheme

I am the scented air in a haters breath
I Choreograph the steps to every unkind death

I am the aching beauty in every vixen’s face
I am the coldest sweat in every morbid embrace

I am the safe lair of every plotter’s thought
I am the truest idol of every Unholy God

I am the guardian of every faustian pact
I am the magician who changes fiction to fact

I am the subtle soul of every treacherous cheat
I am the blackest blood in every murderous heartbeat

I am the cryptic code in every evil seed
I am the beautifier of every morbid deed

I dance to the thundering emptiness in every wicked mind
I am the pleasing intoxication in every wine

I am the shadow encompassing every light
I am the fabulous wronger of every right

I am the loving father of all fallen angels
I am the numinous tempter of all holy strangers

I am the subtle heartbeat in every heartless breast
I am the fairest umpire of every evil contest

I dragged your father from heaven to earth
And have been your faceless friend since your birth

You live by Logic & Reason? LOL! You have no Idea

April 15, 2013

There is no such thing as a belief based entirely on logical reasoning. Its a simple fact that the human mind though, wonderfully complex and powerful, is still ill-equipped and incapable of apprehending truth in its absolute naked glory.

Give me a guy who claims to follow logic and reason religiously and I’ll turn him into a heretical intellectual hypocrite in a minute. (Which also brings us to another question: is being intelligent and learned means being logical and rational about the way we approach our belief?) Thus we are all forced to commit to our prejudices (the ignorant or emotional) or assumptions in answering to ourselves the fundamental questions – which is in every sense intellectual heresy. Pure rationalist or logical thought is an ideal unavailable to the human mind because of its inherent inability to completely grasp fundamental concepts of cosmology, and ontology. However it is able to imagine – but that is not enough to answer the tough questions.

The real question is are we consistent in our philosophies and ideas when we when we make those assumptions be it secular or religious – is it reasonable? Is it necessary? Its a matter of committing the least errors and being right most number of times in general. But it is human nature that once it commits itself to a certain path there will be many unanswered questions that we stumble upon for which we are at a lost to explain because it does not appeal to logic and reason.

One interesting point in question here is the big bang theory which was proven by electromagnetic radiation analysis. This was traced back to the point of singularity and what happened at the exact point and what existed before it. But that is not all – the real conundrum here is that this primordial cosmic explosion not only created space and the elements therein, it also created time. We don’t even have a proper definition or explanation for time. So if this is true – and I think it is – when we talk about what existed before the big bang what are we really talking about? Because time was never a factor before time was created!!  So is it really a sequence of causal events? But if time was not there what was the measure of that sequence? What is sequence?

Thus it is impossible to achieve pure logic and pure reason because it assumes forth from pure truth which can never be known.

As such No one can claim to be above the other because no one knows where they stand in the first place and as such truth cannot be known – we don’t know what (ideas and the minds that hold them) is above or what is below. But we know one thing – we are ignorant and we have no way of knowing what we know is the truth because our understanding is limited by our mortal senses. We are simply not equipped to do know that. We also know that those who have knowledge and hold and process it with humility, sincerity and rigid honesty to the self and others are the truly learned who are on the right track to knowing and are nearest to truth and are a cut above the rest. Even to know the level of our own ignorance is impossible – if we don’t even know how wrong can we be, isn’t it just plain haughty arrogance to even proceed to measure how right we are? When the foundations of knowledge are weak, when reason cannot with absolute certainty encompass the knowledge that we hold, then sincere searching inquisitiveness, a curious mind thirsting to know and utter humility is the only way to go. We have to know what we are talking about before we actually talk about it to others to justify our stand on what we believe in.

We always make the mistake of giving credence to intellectual charlatans who appeal to our prejudices and whose works support our own assumptions thereby perpetuating our own false knowledge. Suspension of judgment or not commiting oneself to any theory, hypotheses or belief because truth cannot be known is a failure in human purpose – a hedonistic intellectual laziness that contributes in the negation of the human spirit. To partially borrow a military jingle, we are born to know who we and where we come from and what we are doing here where we are headed for. To limit our purpose to the four corners of the physical world is to justify the denial of the human spirit, cheapen the human intellectual capacity and blaspheme the purpose of our origin – for it is highly improbable that we are here by chance in a purposeless universe that happened to exist by some freakish, random cosmological explosion.

Natural logical choice of the human mind

November 21, 2012

The brain in wired in such a way that if we truly reason things out with some good dose intellectual processing – the natural (logical) choice is a tendency to disbelive in anything that disagrees with such a thought. It is no wonder that some of the greatest thinkers and philosophers in history did not believe in things that could not agree with logic and reason. Even the underlying assumptions behind any theory or idea must somewhat agree with the critera of logic & reason. Being so committed to their study and being faithful to themselves – It would be like committing intellectual heresy to take in something without first passing it through – thoroughly – the test of the scientific method and then conclude through the regime of logic and reason. But I‘m sure that in the choices that they make – they would have made some intellectual sacrifices and compromises to allow their minds to accept the things that they do not fully know or understand – in their line of thought – and would have to substantiate such a belief with proof that falls short of the scientific requirement. I believe that this is the clincher for the Athiests & Agnostics and other belief systems – they still cannot go on for sure and that is the most irritating thing about the human mind – it just would not let anyone break the barrier to truth. 

But the thing is , just because the mind cannot break a barrier to discover something deeper, it does not mean that the human thought should end there. But the real question is should we believe in stuff that lacks logical credibility?

the creator must allow it…

September 12, 2012

the creator must allow itself to be recreated by its own creature

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Why The PAP Of Singapore Will Lose More Seats In The Next GE

September 12, 2012

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Understanding The New Political Paradigm In Singapore Politics

During Lee Kuan Yew’s time survival was necessary, the ideals of democracy was secondary. We needed to get things done. It called for a strong practical leadership style with a clear direction. And he dovetailed into this leadership vacuum very nicely. It was a match made in heaven – the love affair between LKY and Singapore (or was it just a tryst?) He was gifted with the necessary wisdom, maturity of thought, political acumen and (most importantly) the passion to serve and the willingness to sacrifice the needs of the self for the higher good of his beloved. And Singapore, she was in dire need –  sick, dirty, disabled and no one to take care of, lonely and isolated. LKY stepped in and did what he had to do – and he did it well. But now she has changed and evolved with the times. She is strong enough now to take care of herself and confident enough to demand for her rights.

Its topsy turvy now : we have all our basic needs taken care of such as basic necessities, shelter and amenities are a given. Back then what was needed was a strong leadership with a capable, pragmatic, honest and a decisive executive with full executorial liberty to take the necessary steps to advance Singapore out of 3rd world conditions.

To follow the same leadership style of those days, of an overbearing govt, a nanny state that nurtured its children like a soccer mom – at every level reflects a leadership that is weak, inflexible and rather daft.

Such a mentality, where change is implemented reactively rather than pro-actively and (where change is implemented) it is minimal and employed only as a token and in a piecemeal fashion just to convince the world that the party is changing. Existentially, this will be a dangerous thing for PAP as a ruling party. But they only fool themselves and such an attitude towards changing with the times will only see its demise in due course because change should be real, fundamental, fast, efficient and sincere. The irony of self interest is that the moment it becomes too big it starts to cannibalise itself under the, anaesthesia of ego, without ever realising.

The PAP that moulded Singapore before must change to become a PAP that is willing to be moulded by its people.  We have come to an excruciatingly painful point in time where, the creator must allow itself to be recreated by its own creature. It’s the most painful thing in the world. But it has to be done and in PAP’s own words – it should be doing the right thing rather than the popular thing. And this philosophy works both ways. But the blindness and failure of the PAP in recognising this is so glaring and i seriously doubt that they will be able to pick up their fallen pieces any time soon.

The PAP that dictated with an iron fist must now be willing to be dictated to without question. That’s the new paradigm for the new generation of leaders. Can they do it?

Judging by recent events and the direction of the government, I really doubt the PAP can do this in the next 4 years. The son should seek to replicate the success of his father, not the leadership style…it’s downright daft and speaks volumes of the current govt’s ineptitude that still lives in the 90s. That was part of what Sylvia Lim, the opposition member meant when she said that we have “a 1st world country run by a 3rd world government”. Our entire hardware is state of the art but it is being run by a software that is obsolete. So we are not functioning at an optimal level and sooner or later, if we don’t upgrade the software, the management of the troubleshooting will take its toll on systems administration and things will start collapsing.

And then what will the govt do to rectify? They will double up the ram and increase the hardware and bandwidth and make the software backward compatible to cope with the new, radically altered conditions without solving the fundamental problem. No point in bringing new citizens from 3rd world countries to boost their ratings. It will help them in the next couple of elections but soon, it will be payback time and this time it will boomerang without mercy. So it’s a risky proposition to rely on the replacement voters to boost the government’s ratings. In time to come it can only mean one thing – SYSTEMS COLLAPSE.

Has this single big tree that was carefully nurtured our forefathers led by the first leaders to bring Singapore out of poverty and squalid conditions, has become so big and so stiff that it allows nothing to grow beneath it?

Is it wise to assume that one big luscious healthy tree is enough for the entire Singapore when we could have an entire forest? Is it wise to nurture and support a big healthy and very useful tree while the forest floor is barren and dead?

Is it not better for our dear Singapore for this big tree to sacrifice and shed some leaves and some weight, to magnanimously allow for some sunshine to come to the ground and let the ground flourish as well?

Is it not better to sacrifice self interest for that of the larger interest of the nation. (Yes, alot of disillusioned leaders truely and mistakenly believe that the party’s interest is that of the nation)

The new leadership (operating under the successes and shadow of the old) should abandon all desperate attempts to clutch on to their waning powers and popularity and allow for the growth of opposing voices in parliament. They should seek to abandon all requirements of their opponents to perfectly fit into their criteria and should rather, take the initiative to actively engage the opposition in a constructive and productive manner. However what the government does is to look down on them and deal with condescendingly while nicely sitting in their ivory towers. The vulnerable state of yester-years are over and the Authoritative iron fist is now seen as draconian and unnecessary and it is a hated symbol of our previous leaders.

The previous leadership had rightfully led in the right direction – that is to ensure survival – a pragmatic approach because survival was absolutely necessary. Now that that has been achieved it should be no longer a priority. People now want to realise their ideals because the basic needs are a given – yes they WILL be taken for granted whether they like it or not. It is something that must sink into the thick heads of the newly minted leadership. Except for the PM, the skulls of some ministers seem to be too thick to open up and be flexible enough to accommodate for change, progress (with the times) and growth.

The current leadership thus, should allow for the true growth of democracy and allow for room for people to be critical of their actions and words. They should not be purpose centred but people centred; not objective but subjective; not speak but listen; not lead but follow; not be practical but idealistic, not direct but serve. That is the new paradigm for the new leadership 

The government, as painful as it may be, must completely abandon with almost careless disregard, the needs of yesteryears and urgently seek fill the ideals of today with religious zeal. And yes, even then, the good that they do will be taken for granted and the mistakes they make will be roundly chastised and unforgivingly punished. Can they take it? Are they up to it? Will they make this sacrifice of service and embrace this new paradigm?

Forget about covered walkways, manicured gardens and a lift at every floor, forget about GST credits, forget about schools and joblessness – some of these are a given and the rest are these are just the cosmetics for the hard work of the early leaders. People are too smart to bite this upgrading carrot any longer.

It’s no longer about hardware, it’s more of the software. What got us here through the older leaders will no longer get us where we want to be. The biggest danger of obsolescence for this government now is not that it doesn’t change; but rather it doesn’t change fast enough. If ability to change was the defining paradigm of success of the new millennium, Nimbleness, flexibility and responsiveness in changing defines the paradigm of this decade.

 

Its not the fact of changing really, its the intesity and relevance of the change. They can bring in and baptise a very appreciative lot of new citizens from third-world countries to dilute the waning support of the generational Singaporeans here. But this is just political strategy with very little substance to the matter that the original people wanted addressed.

Electoral success is a powerful champion of technical argument against real issues without ever saying a word. Something our LKY routinely used to silence even very powerful arguments. But that argument is being weakened as we go.

Theres only so long you can stick your proverbial Dutch thumb in the dyke to prevent a flood. And there are only so many thumbs left. If the real fix is not coming any sooner, then it only portends an impending wipeout.

If change does not happen pretty quickly the next few elections will be another painful lesson for the PAP.

Ain’t got U

March 25, 2011

“U”
Ain’t got no L_ck
Ain’t got no b_ck
Ain’t got no sl_mber
Ain’t got no n_mber
Ain’t gonna be c_te
Ain’t no more no cool d_de
Ain’t gonna be _niq_e
Ain’t got no m_sic
My jokes ain’t f_nny
My days ai’nt s_nny
I ain’t beautif_l
And my heart ain’t tr_e baby
if I ain’t got “U”

Get your FIFA 2010 world cup fix streamed live into your PC for free

June 17, 2010

Down load TVu player here.

You need broadband with a reasonable bandwidth – at least 3mbps

You need windows media 10 or above to play the player

 After downloading is complete launch the player and type “FIFA” on the channle search on the Top left hand corner

The channels that are on air will be highlighted. The Channels from China provide the best resolution – if you don’t mind the mandarin commentaries. I prefer them to the other channels in english – their quality is not worth the watch.

I’ve already caught a few matches and the quality is reasonable – the channels may stutter a little but thats ok as they are few and far between.

If you want better quality channels, subscribe to their paid service for a fraction of the cost charged by the Cable operators.

This is for my dear Singaporeans who are reeling from the Cable providers holding us to ransom for the debacle they created in the first place. They will win for now. But they will come a time when they will need the support of the citizens, I hope they get abandoned that moment.