Monday, February 4, 2019

Broken bowl on CNY's eve

I broke a rice bowl whilst washing the dishes after dinner. Not an auspicious sign right? But since we do not have faith in such nonsense, it has no impact on us. The daughter immediately found another bowl to replace this one.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

First Yu Sheng of 2019

First Yu Sheng for the coming year of the Pig. It is now $33.80 compared to $29.80 last year and $28 the year before. It was $21.80 in 2014.

As always for donkey years now, it is Yu Sheng at Ichiban Sushi.

The Tap suddenly quit on us today

The tap in the bathroom became useless today. As usual it don't tell you ahead it wanted to quit.

Called Town Council to help. A plumber came. Brought him to the shop with me to buy this.

Then he got it fixed, and I gave him a very big tip because I imagine what he must have done to leave his country to come here to work.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A pen for 21st Birthday

Today is the daughter's 21st birthday. We bought her a pen to use for all the important documents as an adult. A few years earlier we had also gotten a similar pen for her elder sister.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

First day of work

Today is the first day of work for 2019. I received a Natgeo email and thought this pic looks familiar. The caption reads,


Every day, miners hike up Ijen’s 9,000-foot slopes under the cover of darkness before descending another 3,000 feet into the crater to mine sulfur or "devil's gold." Through the toxic fumes and heat, they chip away at the hardened blocks and carry 150 to 200-pound loads back up the crater twice a day, earning an average of five dollars per trip.

Without any effort at all these though just flowed - work is often dangerous to health.

In the animal kingdom, they often die looking for food before they could even look for a mate. In human society we often die slowly damaging our health doing the same even if you sit behind a desk all day or move about everywhere. The folks whose health are better are those with power of self determination without much responsibility.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The minimum wage

When I look at topics like this, very easily I think of the next elections because lots of us increasingly feel that talking to the PAP is a waste of time. The next election could be a bruising experience for them. Millennials would be the largest voting demographic. Temperamentally given how they are treated in the workplace, I don't think they care to listen to excuses or are interested in process. Show me the results they would say. How they are measured is how they will appraise their government as well.

Tommy Koh's goals were so rock bottom modest - to persuade them on the minimum wage. He did not even point out that even China has a goal of eradicating poverty by the end of the decade which is only two years away. The PAP government only cared that there is a poverty alleviation process but do not care how well it is working. In other words if the poor would go disappear and die quietly, they would be quite happy. There is a grave moral poverty in the party. First the poverty then its corruption. They will find it harder and harder to attract people to join them.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Switching to Windows Defender

Out with Norton Antivirus and in with Windows Defender. The have come so far, it is no longer necessary to buy a third party package.

Here is my first report by Defender