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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:04 am    Post subject: Celebrating Singaporeans Reply with quote

Sim Wong Hoo

The non graduate entrepreneur who conquered the world with music and sound through his Sound Blaster Card is the new breed of successful and generous Singaporeans that we should be proud of, and bless him.

He made his money through his ingenuity and perseverance. I still remembered his Cubic personal computer that was not much of a success until the Sound Card came.

And he made his money not being an employee and demanding his company pay him exorbitant salary or ridiculous bonuses. He made his money from the worth of his company, Creative Technology, and the value of its shares.

And he is giving them away. I have not kept track of his philanthropy but the amount donated is probably close to $100 million or more. The latest foundation which he set up to honour his mother, the Sim-Tan Siok Kee Foundation received $33 million for educations, arts, the poor and aged.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Professor Donald Tan

Eye patients from around the world with difficult blindness conditions were referred to Donald Tan for his revolutionary Lamellar transplant technique. This is a very new technique and about 200 successful transplants were carried out in 2005 and 2006.

And the referrals came all the way from the US and Canada. And the beneficiaries, other than the happy and grateful patients, is the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) which has become a referral centre for cornea transplants.

Some were desperate cases when all earlier treatments were unsuccessful in other eye centres. A Kitti Anansongvit were treated in Bangkok and the US before being referred to Donald Tan when his condition got worst.

Phil Chapman, a Canadian boy of 13 'had the dreaded Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a potentially fatal allergy that hits children and young adults. He spent 40 days under intensive care at the Children's Hospital in Vancouver.'

Inspite of 4 operations and specialists treatments in Canada and the US his desperate parents turned to Donald Tan and an operation was conducted at the SNEC. Chapman regained his sight.

Donald Tan is also pioneering with another technique using a blind patient's tooth to insert into his eye to give him some vision. Since 2004, 19 cases, 2 Singaporeans and 17 foreigners have regained their sight.

Singapore is blessed with such talented men.

'Prof Tan has been asked by other eye specialists to form an Asian Corneal Society to be based in Singapore, to promote clinical standards, research and education in cornea transplants and eye-banking.'
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: And the winner is... Reply with quote

Matilah Singapura. Beach bum, Raconteur, ex-porn star.

Latest google search reveals about 1600 references. Yahoo! search 735 hits.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh geez, I forgot about the one and only Matilah Singapura!

I must think of a thread for the anti heroes. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something like celebrating Singaporeans is how Singaporeans or Singaporean Institutions celebrate Singaporeans by treating Singaporeans well and better, also making good business sense.

Nur Dianah Suhaimi covered the hotel scene and listed a number of hotels, including big names that offer special rates to Singaporeans. And the discount could be a hefty 50% from foreigners.

What a way to go to make Singaproeans feel that they are Singaporeans, to be treated better at home. Now, who else shall learn from this?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

redbean wrote:
What a way to go to make Singaproeans feel that they are Singaporeans, to be treated better at home. Now, who else shall learn from this?


Everyone can learn, and does. One of the traits of our species is that we learn well — it's called "conditioning".

Everyone gets treated in the way they deserve, because no one can make you feel bad without your permission Shocked

...in other words, if you are being treated "badly", you are ultimately responsible for that.

Capice? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Chen the Singer

I take my hat off to John Chen for doing something he loves. He was an academic turned politician and now turns singer. Go for it John, do the things that make you happy and enjoy life. Don't be a slave to money.

How many people can take such a dramatic turn in life? Ok, he has made his dole. And that is exactly what making money is for, to earn enough to buy oneself the freedom to be what one wishes to be.

I can see John Chen a happier person, more joyful and younger even. He is now sporting a new celebrity look, so different from his past expressionless, dull academic and politician image.

Let's see more Singaporeans follow his happy path.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no idea who this person is, nonetheless, I wish him well in his journey down a road less traveled.

Not to many people follow their hearts any more, and it seems amongst the jaded majority of modern societies (you can tell my the amount of sales in self-help books and dvds) good old fashioned burning passion is out of style, and self-centered rugged individualism has been relegated to the history books and dumbed down in the public education system run by The State—The Territorial Agency of Absolute Power which seeks to strip every child of his true nature and individuality to mould him or her into a mindless automaton which obeys and conforms to the whims of the statist masters and control-freaks. (1), (2), (3)
Best of luck John Chen! You have quit sheeplehood, and mustered the courage to claim your life for yourself.

"The opposite of courage is NOT cowardice, it is CONFORMITY"—Earl Nightingale



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John Chen the Singer

I take my hat off to John Chen for doing something he loves. He was an academic turned politician and now turns singer. Go for it John, do the things that make you happy and enjoy life. Don't be a slave to money.

How many people can take such a dramatic turn in life? Ok, he has made his dole. And that is exactly what making money is for, to earn enough to buy oneself the freedom to be what one wishes to be.

I can see John Chen a happier person, more joyful and younger even. He is now sporting a new celebrity look, so different from his past expressionless, dull academic and politician image.

Let's see more Singaporeans follow his happy path.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Chen is going to be the pipe pipers for the ah pehs and ah mas and the uncles and aunties who have been training in the community centre Karoaoke clubs.

We are going to have an explosion of oldies singers selling their CDs. A second career and a second spring. John Chen should be the role model for the Aged Committee.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celebrating all the successful Singaporeans

After the glowing reports on Singaporeans earning millions of dollars in bonuses it is only appropriate that we should all be happy for them and share their rewards for working so hard and being so successful.

Cheers to all the million dollar earners and those who received bonuses in the millions.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am looking forward to John Chen's CD. Sure to buy. This is one of our very best who could have made millions but chose to go where his heart is, to be a singer.

Money is no longer important to John. He must have been enlightened.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glen Knight

This man had done wrong, punished, paid his price and live life again peacefully. He has come to terms with his past and taken them in his stride. He is like a buddhist who has found the meaning of letting go. He retreated from life in the fast lane and lives simply on the peripheral of civilisation, doing his things quietly and contemplating on nothing.

The man has returned with the youthful enthusiasm to live life again at 62. You can see that he is happy and has no signs of lingering anger or unforgiveness.

This is a reformed man, a born again man. Fallen, picked himself up and walks again. Singaporeans have a lot to learn from this man on the lessons of life and humility, and to regain self respect in the face of adversity.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The uncaring and undeserving super talents

Where are our super talents found? In political offices, in ministries, stats boards and GLCs. These are the organisations where most of the super talents are employed. They are employed by Temasek, EDB, GIC, DBS, SIA, Keppel, PSA, Singapore Engineering, Sembawang Shipyard, etc etc and paid like super talents should be paid.

What happens if there were no Temasek, EDB and the long list of GLCs? What happens if the first two generations of Singaporeans did not do what they did and none of these organisations were around to provide the jobs? From the political leaders, civil servants, the entrepreneurs, the engineers, the business community, the industrialists, the cheap labour in the factories, the construction workers who helped to build the infrastructure, if all these nuts and bolts, the cogs and the screws, did not play their parts, who would be able to provide jobs for our super talents to pay themselves super talent salaries and brandish themselves as the talents, the successful and able and clever Singaporeans?

Today's Singapore is the proverbial giant tree planted by the early pioneers and give shade to all beneath it. Without this giant tree, I wonder how many organisations will be able to provide super talent jobs and pay super talent salaries to the Singapore brand of super talents?

Now some of the super talents are rubbishing the little fellows and telling them that they deserve to be in the low station of life. That they are the failures and should not be complaining.

Without all these low talents or no talents, without the arsehole, can there be a place for the super talents? Would these super talents be able to create and generate their own wealth as entrepreneurs and wealth creators? Or are they just good enough to be employees, resting comfortably under the shade of the giant tree planted by the pioneering generations?

Shall we remember the arsehole and appreciate his contribution to the whole prosperity?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celebrating National Day

As Singapore celebrates its 42nd National Day, Hsien Loong made a speech about the glorious achievements we have made for four good years of growth under his watch as the new PM. Among the many things to cheer about, he listed the following:

1. Our athletes are winning medals
2. Our Chefs are winning culinary contests ( should include all the Guinness Book of Records Singaporeans have achieved)
3. Our entrepreneurs are launching new businesses
4. Our students are excelling at all kinds of international events
5. We are gearing up for new and exciting projects, like the Formula One Grand Prix and integrated resorts
6. A clean and corruption free society
7. Disciplined and well educated workers
8. A cohesive, multi racial community
9. A capable and vigilant SAF and Home Team

Then he went on to discuss about the problem of widening income gap and how the govt has put in measures to help those who are struggling to make a living. And there were many programmes like Comcare and Workfare to help needy Singaporeans.

Actually a widening income gap may not be the real problem if the people at the lower end have enough to eat and are able to pay for their expenses. What is frightening the people and causing hardship and pain to the people is the constantly rising costs and money not enough. The galloping away of costs of essential services and basic necessities is the greatest failure of the govt. It is not a case of these costs cannot be arrested but more a case of a belief that profits are good for all these providers of goods and services. And the govt only needs to give some handouts when there is a need to.

Thus the people at the lower end will forever be chasing for money to pay for the increasing costs. And whatever income or savings they have will never be enough.

If the costs of living can be curbed and contained, there is no fear of a widening income gap. There is no fear of earning a little lesser as things are not going to cost more everyday. And there is lesser fear that savings, the CPF, the Medisave, will never be enough.

There is no need for handouts. Give to the people by not giving. Rein in the runaway costs.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

S Dhanabalan awarded Order of Temasek

This man has been in the thicks of Singapore's development and transformation from a third world to first world status. He has held many key positions that would make anyone envious of the opportunities he had. And he had done well in these offices.

He is well respected and according to Jackson Tai, a man for the masses and more important, inculcating a corporate culture based on integrity and fairness.

Now how many big organisations can boast about these values of integrity and fairness and be proud of them? How many are seriously violating every inch of good conduct, fair and ethical practices and masquerading under a big innocent smile?
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