Archive for August 2013

SAF to allow camera phones in 15 more camps

It’s been almost 1 year since Mindef allow use of camera phone in 14 camps. The pilot security zoning programme was welcomed by Regulars, NSF and NSmen when it was introduced in 1 September 2012.

Starting from 1 September 2013, Mindef will be expanding the number of Army camps that allow camera phone from 14 to 29 camps. The colour zoning rule still apply. Camera phones are only allowed in the Green Zones. All camera phones are to be deposited in designated lockers before entering the Red Zones.


Although camera phones are allowed in the Green Zones, unauthorised photography and videography within all SAF camp premises remain prohibited in all zones.

The 15 additional camps are:

– Amoy Quee Camp
– Bukit Panjang Camp
– Dieppe Barracks
– Jurong Camp I & III
– Kaki Bukit Camp
– Keat Hong Camp
– Kranji Camp I
– Lim Chu Kang Camp
– Mandai Camp II
– Mandai Hill Camp
– Nee Soon Camp
– Selarang Camp
– Sembawang Camp
– Stagmont Camp
– Tanjong Gul Camp

The 14 camps that allowed camera phones since last year are:

– Bedok Camp
– Maju Camp
– Khatib Camp
– Kranji Camp II
– Kranji Camp III
– Jurong Camp II
– Clementi Camp
– Seletar Camp
– Pasir Ris Camp
– Sungei Gedong Camp
– SAFTI Military Institute
– Pasir Laba Camp
– Pulau Tekong Camp
– Depot Camp

All models of camera phones will now be permitted into the Green Zones, including those larger than 4.3 inches. Previously, only phone smaller than 4.3 inch are allowed. In-vehicle cameras will also be permitted in Green Zones.

Clover Brewing System at Resorts World Sentosa Starbucks Reserve store

Good news for the coffee lovers. The Clover Brewing System is now in Singapore. Singapore is the first country in South East Asia to get the Clover Brewing System and it is only available in the Starbucks Reserve store at Resorts World Sentosa

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Singapore Night Festival 2013

The highly anticipated Night Festival is back for the sixth year. Renamed to Singapore Night Festival, the nocturnal extravaganza of spectacular aerial performances, music, dance and installation artworks will take place on 23, 24, 30 and 31 August 2013.


Singapore Night Festival 2013
Date: 23 & 24 August and 30 & 31 August 2013
Venue: Bras Basah.Bugis precinct (From Plaza Singapura to Raffles City)

For more information, visit Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct Facebook Page or Singapore Night Festival website. Do download the festival guide and official map.


Painting of a vertical line sold for $43.8 million

OK, this is somewhat an old news. I wasn’t paying attention to the art industry that’s why this news only caught my attention lately.

A 1953 painting by abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman titled “Onement VI” was sold for $43.8 million at a New York City auction in May. Nothing to be surprised actually since this is an artwork by a famous artist. But what if I told you that the painting is just a vertical line across a blue background. I kid you not.


Well, according to the auction catalog, the painting overwhelms and seduces the viewer with the totality of its sensual, cascading washes of vibrant blue coexisting with Newman’s vertical ‘Sign’ of the human presence, his iconic and revolutionary ‘zip’.

Yes, this was sold at $43.8 million. I mean come on. If I’m going to pay $43.8 million for a line across blue background, I would expect the line to be the straightest line ever drawn on the blue-est blue canvas in this world.

Well, clearly I don’t understand art.

Google goes down for 5 minutes

Google had an outage last Friday at around 4:37pm PST time (17 August 2013 7:37am Singapore time). The outage lasted around 5 minutes. During this time, all Google services including Google Search, Gmail and Youtube were unaccessible.


Luckily most of us in Singapore were still asleep during that 5 minute outage.

Someone estimated that web traffic drop by 40% during this 5 minutes. I guess nobody can dispute that Google is an important part of the Internet. But I highly doubt that web traffic drop by 40%. After all, people can still do things on the internet when Google is down. Bing is still there. And social networking site like Facebook and Twitter are still working too. There will definitely be a drop in web traffic when Google goes down but I don’t think it is that high.

The last time something similar happen was back in 2009 when a human error caused Google to labeled every site in its results as malware. Google have not reveal what caused the outage. I’m guessing someone type Google into Google.

Interestingly, Outlook and Amazon also have outage recently. It is still unknown if these are related.