Stories about Singapore from February, 2006
Singaland senses in the latest government budget a step backward for Singapore: “The most telling sign is the decision to build 2-room flats for sale. The government had stopped building two- and three-room flats for sale in the 1980s as Singaporeans became well off and wanted to live in bigger...
Littlespeck.com wonders where are all the missing Singaporeans. The number of new registered voters has risen slowly, despite a rising population, leading to the conclusion that many Singaporeans are going overseas to work, study or do business.
Preetam Rai visits the Singapore air show. The sight of the weapon merchants’ wares reminds him of what he had seen in Laos: war material turned into flowerpots.
Singapore-based themediaslut is photoblogging protests in Thailand against business mogul and PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who last week dissolved parliament and called snap elections as a response to the public outcry over the tax-free millions earned from the sale of a controlling stake in his Shin Corp. to Singapore's Temasek Holdings.
The scandal involving a Singapore student's taped sexual adventures spread on the Internet continues to draw comment. Singapore's A Worm's perspective talks about the dangers of modern technology, while Life is Just from Malaysia has similar thoughts: “The internet is growing ever so gracefully.”
At Singapore's Sayoni Speak, Sheila Rajamanikam describes what it's like being a transsexual: “I wish people around me could accept both parts of me: in a shaved head, packing, male looking body as well as a sari clad jewellery wearing one.”
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced a House dissolution Friday evening after he was granted an audience with His Majesty the King.
Singapore Election Watch has a post from Yawning Bread arguing that Singapore should not have a “Senior Minister.” The post was created for retired long-time PM Lee Kuan Yew and then occupied by another former PM, Goh Chok Tong, when he retired (Lee became “Minister Mentor”). Yawning Bread points out...
All over the Singapore blogosphere are commentaries on an unfortunate high school cheerleader, nicknamed “Tammy NYP,” whose cellphone was allegedly stolen by a jealous classmate and whose sex video recorded on that phone is now spreading across the Internet. A post by Book of Aletheia on the topic now has...
Huichieh Loy shares his impressions of the offerings at the First Toronto-Singapore Short Film Festival.
All U Can Eat Buffet discusses MILO, a drink made from chocolate-flavored powder that children all over Southeast Asia have grown to love. He's found at least two types: one made in Malaysia, which is sweeter, and one from Australia, which is creamier.
Chemical Generation Singapore hopes housing and pensions will play a large part in the 2006 Singapore budget, which will be announced on Friday, Feb. 17: “They are the cornerstones of a Singaporean's bread and butter concerns.”
Malaysian business blog small and medium thoughts discusses an article that says Singapore has been repackaging Malaysian rambutan fruit as “Singapore Lychees” for re-export. Horrors! “This isn’t the first time I’ve read about this sort of wrong ‘country of origin effect’ attribution to Singapore.”
jin at Singapore's Sayoni Speak writes about how difficult it is to come out as a lesbian to members of her family. She's been trying. “But somehow, something always stops me from blurting out the words. I can’t seem to gather the courage.”
Kevin of crazy junkies describes his experience auditioning for the Singapore Idol talent competition.
Doubleyellow suggests that Singapore should have its local version of Valentine's Day: a day to profess love for the government. “On this day, all bus and cab prices will be marked up 10% and GST will be increased to 50%.”
In Singapore, Mr. Wang reflects on what values he is passing on to his children, and how.
On Ideoblog, a law professor thinks about countries such as Singapore competing for lucrative private banking business by relaxing their laws: “The main point is, to what extent does this represent a “race to the bottom” in which tiny “Delawares” like Singapore erode big countries’ ability to impose efficient taxes...
A worm's perspective wonders if Singapore is really such a mature society.
Singapore-based bloggers share their thoughts on the Danish cartoons controversy. Read The annotated budak, Singabloodypore, and Sadiq Alam for a variety of viewpoints.
Imagethief complains about the overuse of the “@” symbol in Singapore “to add a whiff of technological glamour to undeserving brands.”