Monday, April 27, 2009

there's something about ..... swine

Swine Flu. We may have a major problem of global scale, and the person who discover this have a couple of minutes or more, to think of a name for it.

Calling it Pig Flu, just doesn't seem to have that swankiness like SARS. Also calling it Pig Flu is less professional they reckon. Afterall, pig is often associated with laziness, dirty, whatever.

So it's called Swine flu.

I am sure opposite camps for AWARE would want the other group to kenna swine flu.

Ironically, all of us now are now aware of what AWARE is all about. Prior to the saga, most may be aware but not very aware. Now, all of us are not only aware, but very aware.

Also most will not be too aware on what the acrolyms is for AWARE.

It stood for Association of Women for Action and Research. This name also not very clear on what their direction are. Action and Research??!?

And why is is called AWARE and not AWAR? Afterall, this saga does represent a war.

Given my understanding about their objective, wouldn't it be more appropriate to call "Aid to Women of Abuse and Rape". But this would be too focus on one direction, therefore, in order to expand their role to cover all aspects, they must have a vague name.

But in order to cover more aspects, wouldn't this also include the minority group consisting of lesbians as well.

Don't get me wrong. I am not "FOR" the old group.

In fact, after reading all facts, I'm neither "FOR" the new group.

While we should be tolerant against the existence of Lesbians and Gays, we should not advocate for their existence, especially through a group like AWARE where their established network allows them easy access to schools etc.

The Lesbians and Gays could form their own groups, at least Institutions like schools or companies would know their objective and could decide on their alliance with them.

AWARE is mainstream. It's not their role to preach about sexuality. If you are a parent, wouldn't you be worried about AWARE making those statements to your kids?

While I do not like the new group. You must not forget that their "coup" is all legal and according to their own constitution.

It's a wake up call to anyone. You must always Take AGM seriously.

On a separate note.....

Perhaps AWARE should now ask Jeanette Aw to become a member. I think she is now feeling hurtful not being chosen as the winner for best actress.

While I applaud Mediacorp for their fairness in this category, I think it's still a farce that best supporting actress got 2 winners.

I do not remember ever seeing that in all major awards be it Golden Horse or OSCARS.

Voting panel always comes in odd numbers. So that you will always have clear winner.Even if the voting are split among 3 actors, where the top 2 share the same vote, you re-vote again removing the rest of the nominees.

I remember couple of years in Golden Horse where Tony Leung and Andy Lau was vieing for the best actor for the show Infernal Affairs. It was such a a close call, that voting was carried out twice.

So someone up there in Mediacorp must have decided that it's "fun" to do so. But you set a precedent like this and you will have problems later.

Like why Jeanette Aw couldn't have the same fate as also winning the best actress?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

there's something about ..... discovery

Sometime couple of months back, I was asked if I wanted a free copy of "Discovery" Magazine from my credit card company.

"Discovery" as in the Discovery Channels that we watched. Great channel.

And of course, you say "Yes" to free things, especially if it is a credible magazine from a credible company.

One month later, I received a letter from them.

This letter asked me for a payment for a year's subscription. While asking for payment, they also sent out the second month's copy of the magazine to me.

Since I didn't say "no" to it, they assume that I say "yes".

It's like spam mails. Unless you "unsubscribe", they will continue to send you spam mails on their latest promotions.

Unlike Spam mails, which all they do, is advertise their products... Discovery ask for money for a service they assumed I want and they unilaterally execute the performance.

They are, in my opinion, worse than those telemarketers who offer 1-week free trial at some "Spas", "Gyms" and "Yogas", because they give you something free, but they don't assume you want it but they try to convince you take take it.


They are, in my opinion, worse than TIMESHARE companies who offer you free gift so that you can listen to 3 hour talk, but they don't assume you can afford it or pay it but they try to corner you into a corner to accept it.


Discovery just up the marketing ante. They just simply take it that you want it, no need to sweet-talk me, no need to call me, no need to ask me whether I want, no need for me to say "Yes, I want". They just take it that I want because I never say "No.".

Of course, I refused to budge. In fact, since no one calls me, the only way I can refuse to budge is to refuse to act. I totally ignore the reminder letters. I simply just want to see what else will they do over a few magazines.

Don't talk to me about legality stuffs. I know my consumer rights. I simply just want to see what they would do.

They sent me 4 letters, each subsequent letters sounded sterner than earlier, which I have attached.

I have totally lost my respect I have on Discovery.

I can't wait for the 5th Letter.

there's something about ..... red spiders

Saw both Red Thread and Fighting Spiders on Channel 5.

What a contrasting production values. Red Thread is so "Masters Of the Seas", so drama, so "SBC".. that I didn't think we have progressed that much since "Masters Of the Seas".

It's kinda shock to see how bad the show is.

Compelling storyline perhaps. Somehow, it didn't quite matchup the kind of standard the chinese counterparts could do in Channel 8.

The only reason why I watched even espisode 2 yesterday is to examine and confirm that Celeste Chong has a botox injection on the lips.

Poor Celeste Chong. It's the first time I see the ill-effects of Botox Injection and it has to be on her. Her upper lips is so stiff, it seems like she talks only moving her lower lips and lower jaws.

Also, the director should be shot.

In it, Adrain Pang, a blind lawyer, is supposed to "settle" the rape accusation of the family's elder son is a supposedly "subtle" manner. However, in both the "settlement" meetings with the "victim" family in the office, the meeting door was not closed.

Little detail but...

The production value is really poor. It feels like they were working on a tight budget, thus every scene and production sets is "INDOORS" within Mediacorp.

This contrasts so widely with "Fighting Spiders". You could see the producers and director of "Fighting Spiders" really taking a lot of efforts to make this "artistic" and "meaningful".

The outdoor shots are excellent, the pace of the show is excellent, the dialogue is witty, the storyline interesting, the acting is natural and not over the hill, you have "freddy Mercury" lookalike in the show... They indeed have live up to the hype surrounding it.

Why is this show so different from Red Thread? Aren't both produced by TCS?

If you wait for the end credits of both shows, you will see that "Fighting SPiders" is externally produced and directed, while "red thread" was Mediacorp productions.

I simply love Fighting Spiders.

Do catch it on Tuesdays 8.30pm.

I bet Red thread will be canned after 20 espisodes.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

there's something about ..... "s" factor


"S" Factor was so bombarded by viewers of Channel 5.. words like "cheap", "degrading", "poor taste" are used to describe the show.

But we forgot that is not the point... the point is.. you got to see BIKINI GIRLS!!!! You got to See YAN KAY KAY!!! To me, Kay kay is the hottest babe in Singapore at the moment!! Go to Youtube, search for "Chick vs Dick" to see more of Kay Kay.

I read from ST, a DR Karen Chong, 32, said "I was watching this with my husband and we were squirming in our chairs..."

First of all, any other women would not fancy other SYT in bikini clads, that are younger, prettier, sexier....and in bikinis.

Next, any husband watching with the wife would "pretend" to be condemning the show, eventhought they would probably wish to be in the company of these SYTs. I was one of them.

Thirdly, I supposed as a "Dr", you should be watching discovery channels.

Anyway, I can't wait for it. Every Sunday 10pm, Channel 5!!!!