Archive for April 2011

Facebook iPhone App’s News Feed showing “No Internet Connection. Try Again”

It seems like the latest Facebook iPhone App is having some bug. A lot of users are complaining that they can’t access the news feed on the Facebook iPhone App. It keeps showing “No Internet Connection. Try Again” even though they are on an internet connection.

This bug seems to be affecting version 3.4.1 which was released on 20th April.

Right now, the only workaround solution is:
1) Go to Facebook app’s main page
2) Go to Account on the top left corner
3) Select Help Center
4) Login to your account (Remember to check “Keep me logged in”

This should work for most users. But there are some users reporting that this method doesn’t work for them. Let’s wait for Facebook to fix the issue.

PS: After experimenting a little with Victor, we discovered that the above steps will not work if you are on Secure Browsing (https). If the steps above doesn’t work for you, try going to the Accounts settings on Facebook.com to disable Secure Browsing (https). Note that by disabling https, you are surfing Facebook unencrypted. Do not do this if you are using Facebook on a open WIFI.

Update 26 April: It seems like the issue has been resolved.

21st European Union Film Festival – Of Gods and Men

I was invited to the European Union Film Festival’s Blogger Movie Night held at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia. This is my 3rd year attending the EU Film Festival. This year, we previewed a film from France titled Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Of Gods and Men tells the true story of a monastery under threat from the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria during the 1996 Algerian Civil War. A group of nine Trappist monks stationed at the monastery of Tibhirine have to decide whether to leave or stay.

It is an interesting film although the pace is rather slow for my liking. But I must say that I enjoyed the story. I particularly like the part where the monk quoted the Koran to the terrorist and convinced them to leave peacefully.

The EU Film Festival is the 2nd longest running Film Festival in Singapore. The Festival will showcase 18 film from different part of Europe this year, including Team Building (Hungary), Mount St. Elias (Austria) and Blind Loves (Slovak).

The EU Film Festival is partnering New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia to screen some of its students’ best short film before the selected feature film. This provides the students a rare opportunity to showcase thier work next to internationally acclaimed European films.

The films are scheduled for single screenings only, and tickets will go on sale on 21 Apr 2011 at Golden Village VivoCity and GV website. For film schedule and other details, visit www.euff.sg or join the EUFF Facebook Page

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim: “It may be timely for us to teach Malay as a foreign language”

I was shocked, angry, furious and disgusted by what Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said recently. He was addressing more than 200 Malay-Muslim pre-university students gathered at a theatre in Ang Mo Kio for a dialogue session aimed at sharing ideas to benefit the Malay-Muslim community. A student from Innova Junior College asked him what could be done about the decline in Malay fluency among the community. His answer…..

We are not in Kelantan or Kedah, where everyone speaks Malay in and out of the classrooms… it may be timely for us to teach Malay as a foreign language rather than as a mother tongue.

At first I thought he was being misquoted. But he wasn’t. That is the exact words coming from him. I was shocked.

Isn’t Dr Yaacob Ibrahim a Malay? Isn’t him also the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs? How could he made such a suggestion that will marginalize the entire Malay community in Singapore?

Malay Language is the National language of Singapore. Our National Anthem is in Malay to reflect Singapore’s Malay heritage. Military footdrill commands are in Malay. 13.4% of the Singapore population is Malay and Malay language is their mother tongue.

Now, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, tell me. How can we teach Malay Language as a foreign language? I am not a Malay. I’m a Chinese. But when I saw that news article, I was very angry and frustrated for all my Malay friends. As the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, you are supposed to stand up for Malay’s rights. Yet you suggested making their language a foreign language on a land that used to be own by them. You should be ashamed of yourself.

If the locals’ mother tongue become a foreign language, then what is going to be the national language? Does that means that we going to become foreigners in our own land? With the influx of new citizen, sometimes I’m worried that we Singaporeans will become minority in our own country.

Maybe the GRC system will be changed to make Singaporeans a minority race.

Sakura Fest @ Singapore Flyer

Sakura Fest @ Singapore Flyer is a 3 day Japanese-themed festival, showcasing Japan’s culture in a fun way through arts, fashion, food, music, cosplay and games.

Highlights of the festival include “Live” J-pop and J-rock band performances, a cosplay competition, traditional Japanese games likes Himotsuri and Wanage, Wanko Soba Competition and more. Anime and manga fans can also get up-close and personal with their favourite characters and take photos with them.

There will also be a 4m tall traditional Japanese Yagura tower. This is possibly the tallest Yagura tower in Singapore. Every night from 7:30 – 8:30pm, popular Japanese cosplay idols Sunao Yoshikawa and Risuko Sasakama will perform Japanese pop and anime songs.

Singapore Flyer is working with the Singapore Red Cross to support a fund-raising drive for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. More than 20 retail and food stalls at Sakura Fest @ Singapore Flyer have pledged a portion of their earnings to help the victims. Guests can also help to raise funds through a donation of $2 or more and pen their messages of support on a sakura sticker.

All proceedings collected will be donated to Singapore Red Cross for the Japan Disaster 2011 Relief Fund.

Sakura Fest @ Singapore Flyer
Date: 22 to 24 April 2011 (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Venue: Singapore Flyer, Level 1 – Ticketing Promenade, Waterfront Promenade and Greek Theatre

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi coming to Singapore

Motorola Mobility announced that the highly-anticipated Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will launch in Singapore on 22 April 2011. Looks like it’s going to be a really Good Friday for Android Honeycomb fans.

The Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be the first Android Honeycomb Tablet to be sold in Singapore.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be available at Challenger, Courts, Newstead, Best Denki, Harvey Norman and Mustafa at a recommended retail price of S$888. No news on the 3G version yet.