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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

When did "lor" become so widely used?

I've noticed a growing phenomenon, especially in the office. A lot of people are using "lor" more often! It used to be that "lor" was used like "lah", i.e. a familiar Singlish way to end a sentence.

Not anymore. "Lor" is now used so often, especially in these two circumstances:

  • to point out the obvious, e.g. "The sun is bright lor!"
  • to emphasise exclamation, e.g. "This test is difficult lor!"
Singlish is going crazy lor! Everyone keeps saying "lor" lor! It's such that I can't pass a day without hearing "lor" at least five times from three different people lor! And it's not just the young but people in my age group are also using it, maybe because it sounds cute lor! I use "lah" quite often, but hope that I won't succumb to using "lor" so often lor!

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Sunday, 19 August 2007

Learnings from National Day Rally: how to justify pay increase

I caught the first part of PM Lee Hsien Loong's speech at this year's National Day Rally. This year, his speech was about the widening income gap. He put the blame squarely on globalisation (doesn't everybody nowadays?), but also laid out his plans to reduce the pain as much as possible.

But the part that I found amusing was at the start. He was explaining the reason for the widening income gap, even within the upper class. He gave the example of Tiger Woods, the professional golf player, who earns $100 million a year through games, endorsements and other means. The next highest pro golf earner, whose name I forget (haha, no one remembers No. 2!), earns less than half of that.

Bottomline: you must pay for the best. Therefore, the best must earn stratospheric incomes that are much more than what the next tier earns.

Not happy? Blame globalisation.

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Friday, 10 August 2007

"881" star is whose lover???

My contribution to the "scandal-sphere":

A star of Royston Tan's "881" is the lover of a high ranked media executive, according to a well-placed associate.
I don't know if this is common knowledge within the upper echelons, but it's certainly news to me. It's easy to connect the dots after that.

Then again, I shouldn't be surprised at such illicit relationships, even in staid Singapore.

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Thursday, 9 August 2007

42nd National Day Water Parade

Singapore celebrates its 42nd National Day today at the Marina Bay. To me, it's funny that we are "rediscovering" water activities. I remember when I was much younger, someone remarked that Singaporeans are probably good at swimming because we live on an island. I don't remember who said that, but it was really ironic. Though we live on an island, most of us swim in a swimming pool!

With the National Stadium being torn down and the Parade not scheduled to be at the Padang for another three years, there was a need for a new venue. I remember that some Parades used to be held at regional football stadiums, but I guess those aren't good enough any more. After all, Singapore is rich, why hold a grand celebration at a paltry location?

Thus, enter the Bay, especially with the recent re-excitement over water. Water sports at reservoirs and the rivers are becoming popular. The Marina Bay will be blocked off to become a freshwater reservoir (though with global warming, a lot of water will evaporate off). So why not have the Parade at a watery location too?

The hype machine has been in overdrive in the last two months, especially about the floating platform, which is apparently the largest in the world. Keppel Corporation, a local company, has the unique distinction of being the largest oil rig builder in the world. Not bad for a company based in a country that has no oil fields! Anyhow, it was apparently this expertise that was tapped to construct the platform.

Whatever it is, it looks like this will be a unique Parade... as they all are. But I won't be watching it "live". I'm attending a church friend's wedding and have been tasked with recording the ceremony. I'll probably catch the repeat telecast of the Parade next week.

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