Archive for January 2010

First Solar Eclipse of 2010

OK, I’m a bit late on this one. Just saw the news. There is going to be a Solar Eclipse later today (15 Jan 2010).

For Singapore, we will only see a partial eclipse. Come to think of it, we always get partial eclipse only. Don’t remember ever having a total eclipse in Singapore. According to the Science Centre Singapore, the eclipse will occur between 3.30pm to 5.30pm and peak at about 4.20pm (Singapore time). The Science Centre Singapore is having an event today to view the eclipse. Check out the facebook event for more detail. Looks kinda cloudy outside. Hope the clouds clear during the eclipse.

As usual, if you are watching the eclipse, please do not look at the sun directly as it will damage your eyes. Use glasses made with special filters or projecting the image.

CNNGo is also doing a webcast from Maldives. Check it out if you are stuck in your office.

I wonder if I’ll lose my super power during the solar eclipse. (Heroes fans will get the joke)

Switching from Twitpic to Posterous

If you are following my Twitter, you would notice that I’ve recently switched from Twitpic to Posterous.

I started trying Posterous after Daniel told us that Posterous has a iPhone App call PicPosterous. I tried it and fell in love with it. Basically, it has almost everything I need for posting picture to my twitter account. Posterous will use the title for twitter message and put a link for my Twitter followers to check out the picture that I’ve just posted. It also allows me to type a longer description for the picture. I know a picture tells a thousand words, but sometimes I just want to add more words to make myself look long winded.

And the best part is that it also publishes the link to my facebook so that those on facebook but not on twitter won’t be left out. Cools huh? In fact, you can set Posterous to auto post to other social media sites like Flickr, Tumblr, Picasa, Blogger, WordPress etc etc. But I didn’t set it to auto post to my blog here.

So far, I’m loving the Posterous iPhone app. My only complaint is that the uploading can be slow sometimes. Let’s hope they boast their servers to cope with the large users base.

So from now on, I’ll be using to post pictures while on the move.

Ling Kai performing at Starbucks

After Budak Pantai, the next local talent performing at Starbucks is Ling Kai. If you remember, I blogged about her few months back.

Ling Kai will be performing at the following time/venue.

Sat, 9 Jan 2010, 4pm: Liat Towers Starbucks
Thu, 14 Jan 2010, 1pm: Capital Tower Starbucks
Sat, 16 Jan 2010, 4pm: Tanglin Mall Starbucks
Thu, 21 Jan 2010, 12.30pm: Singapore Land Tower Starbucks
Sat, 23 Jan 2010, 4pm: Raffles City Starbucks
Thu, 28 Jan 2010, 12.30pm: OCBC Building Starbucks
Sat, 30 Jan 2010, 4pm: ION Orchard Starbucks

Try to catch her if you are around the area.

By the way, you can also buy Ling Kai’s debut EP ‘Honestly’ from Starbucks now at $13.95. $2 off if you buy Lingโ€™s favourite beverage, a Grande Triple Shot Caramel Macchiato.

Love the way that Starbucks Singapore is supporting our local talents.

McDonalds Singapore remove pig from the Chinese zodiac

McDonalds Singapore is now selling Doraemon lucky charm at $2 with every set meal. There are 12 of them in the series and the Doraemon are wearing costume representing the 12 Chinese zodiac animals (็”Ÿ่‚–). But the pig is missing from the series. Instead, a Doraemon holding a heart representing the Cupid is used to replace the pig. McDonalds spokesperson said that the chain excluded the pig toy because they are a Halal restaurant. Out of sensitivity for its Muslim customers, the pig is being replaced by the Cupid, as Chinese New Year falls on Valentines day this year.

Firstly, I don’t know why they want to do this Doraemon wearing Chinese zodiac costume soft toy. They look ugly. I prefer either Doraemon by itself or the Chinese zodiac by itself. Not combined. But maybe that is just me.

What I cannot understand is the logic behind McDonald’s exclusion of the pig from the Chinese zodiac series. The Chinese zodiac animals is a part of the Chinese culture. There are 12 animals. You cannot remove 1 of the animals and still call it the Chinese zodiac. Does McDonalds know how many customers are born in the year of the pig? How would they feel if their zodiac is being excluded?

And honestly, I don’t know who will be offended if McDonalds sell a pig soft toy. I’ve been asking most of my Muslim friends, all of them don’t mind the sight of a pig soft toy hanging at the counter. Why? Because it is just a soft toy. The Muslim religion says that the pig is unclean. Muslim are not allowed to consume pork or have any contact with pigs. The pigs we are talking about here are real pigs. Not soft toy pig. And confirm not Doraemon soft toy wearing a pig costume.

The soft toy is not made with any material from the pig. And nobody is going to eat that soft toy.

Even the Muslim teachers and scholars said there is nothing wrong with a Halal restaurant giving out a pig soft toy. Did McDonalds Singapore consulted Muis before removing the pig from the series? And is the local Muslim community really so sensitive over a pig soft toy? Everyone knows that the pig is 1 of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals which is part of Chinese culture. I’m sure the Muslim community is sensible and understanding enough to allow the Chinese to have pig in their Chinese zodiac.

Besides, this is not the first time McDonalds Singapore is selling a pig soft toy. They sold Miss Piggy when they had the Muppets series soft toy. And Piglet during the Winnie the Pooh series. Did anyone complain back then?

If McDonalds Singapore feel that selling the pig soft toy will offend their Muslim customers, then they shouldn’t sell the Chinese zodiac series at all. If McDonalds Singapore want to make a Chinese zodiac series, they should respect the Chinese culture and offer the series as a whole. Not an incomplete series. How are we going to explain the Chinese zodiac to the younger generation when they saw the pig being replaced by Cupid? McDonalds has no rights to rewrite Chinese culture and amend the Chinese zodiac. Whoever came up with the idea of removing the pig from the Chinese zodiac series made a terrible decision. I wonder what is he/she thinking.

I feel sorry for those who are born in the year of the Pig. They can’t collect the Chinese zodiac animal that they belongs to. I’m so glad that I’m born in the year of the Monkey which isn’t a taboo to any religion. (Not that I know of)

Update: They are going to hold a protest at Hong Lim Park this Saturday (16 Jan 2010) at 2pm.

Update 2: McDonalds Singapore has apologised for the exclusion of the pig in the Chinese Zodiac. They will be launching the Doraemon pig in Mid April. All proceeding goes to charity.

Robotic Girlfriend – There is no hope for mankind

This is one of those things that make you be thankful that 2012 is coming.

A company call TrueCompanion introduced the world first life-size robotic girlfriend complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin. It weighs roughly 54kg, 1.7m tall and has a C cup. It has an articulated skeleton that can move like a person but can’t walk or independently move its limbs. And they call it Roxxxy. I don’t know about you, but this sound so wrong in many ways. And I wonder how would anyone want to do it with Roxxxy after looking at how it looks like.

There is no hope for mankind.

Wait…. what if 2012 is a myth. What if the world isn’t ending in 2012? Somebody save us!!!!