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Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Smiley Collection ~ Various ~ 2012 Jun 28, 1852hrs

Smiley ~ With Text Caption

GIF ~ Smiley ~ With-OUT Text Caption

STILL ~ Smiley ~ With Text Caption

STILL ~ Smiley ~ With-OUT Text Caption



News ~ Double Recording ~ 2012 Jun 28

Soon you'll be putting away your iPHONE because my idea of the Double Recording is fast becoming a reality.

Link 1 / Link 2 (While they're still there... hopefully... if not read here below.)

Link 2
(Click on news to enlarge for easier reading)



White Board Marker Rule ~ Ignite the Light Bulb

If you're having a problem with ink not flowing while you 
are using the White Board Marker on a White Board, 
just use this simple rule of gravity which is to angle 
your Marker downward so that the ink can freely flow.

I've learnt that...
for ink to flow from the marker to the the white board,
you'll have to angle your pen downwards when you write.
Same with life... "Go with the flow".
~ age 49.

White Board Marker Rule
Ignite the Light Bulb
Art Line Drawing


You Don't Know Me ~ Michael Grimm (Lyrics)

I've heard Ray Charles sing this song but it didn't make an impact on my. But after hearing this guy (Michael Grimm) sing this song, my interest was sparked. I've revisited Ray Charles' version and also Michael Buble's version and like them all. Lyrics & Chords below.

Michael Grimm - You Don't Know Me

Ray Charles - You Don't Know Me (Original Stereo)

Michael Buble - You Don't Know Me and That's All (Live 2005) HD

Lyrics & Chords by PGA

You Don't Know Me ~ Ray Charles

Eb                                     Eb7
You give your hand to me, And then you say, "Hello."
          Ab                        Ab7
And I can hardly speak, My heart is beating so.
       Eb          C7              Fm7          Bb7
And anyone can tell, You think you know me well.
                     G                         Ab Bb
Well, you don't know me. (no you don't know me)

No you don't know the one
Who dreams of you at night;
And longs to kiss your lips
And longs to hold you tight
Oh I'm just a friend.
That's all I've ever been.  
                        Eb  Ab  Eb   Eb7
Cause you don't know me.(no you don't know me)

    Ab      Ab7      Gm            C7
For I never knew the art of making love,
          Fm               Bb7      Eb Eb7 
Though my heart aches with love for you.
 Ab        Ab7    Gm               C7
Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by.
  F           F7                Bb Bb7 
A chance that you might love me too. (love me too)

You give your hand to me,
And then you say, "Goodbye."
I watched you walk away,
Beside the lucky guy
Oh, you'll never ever know
The one who loved you so.
Well, you don't know me

(For I never knew the art of making love, )
(Though my heart aches with love for you. )
Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by.
A chance that you might love me too.
(love me too)

[VERSE 4 {change Key to E Major}]
Oh, you give your hand to me,
And then you say, "Goodbye."
I watched you walk away,
Beside the lucky guy
Oh, you'll never ever know
The one who loved you so.
Well, you don't know me
(you don't love me, you don't know me)


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bishan Park ~ AMK Skyline ~ from AMK Town Council Website

Lovely Bishan Park!

Bishan Park ~ AMK Skyline ~ from AMK Town Council Website


They look so refreshing.
If only I liked fruits. I used to hate them, 
but now I'm able to eat a few, 
and maybe... DRINK a few more.





Poster ~ Stop The Feeding

Update: 2012 Jun 26, 1733hrs

Actually they have a better poster which I found at the AMK Town Council Website.... which is much better. 

Just for the record, from my observation... the animal feeders in AMK actually DO Practice Responsible Feeding. I've seen these animal feeders feed the cats and wait till the cats have finished... and then clean up whatever food was left behind.

Anyway... this poster is much better than the one in my 'Initial Post:' dated '2012 Jun 26, 1057hrs'.

The Better Poster

Initial Post: 2012 Jun 26, 1057hrs

The poster says: 
"Stop the feeding! Make the estates a better living environment for all. When you feed pigeons and strays, the left-over food attracts pests that will carry with them bacterial harmful to the environment. Our dream home, keep it clean and green."

My questions are:
• Could we have a poster on 'Responsible Feeding' instead?
• Would it make a difference if those who feed the animals practice responsible feeding by waiting there and clearing the food that the animals leave behind?

It's like... I think it would be foolish to prevent road accidents by preventing everyone from leaving their homes.

The Poster

The poster here is the one I saw pasted on a pillar in an AMK Multi-storey Car-park is an old A4-size photostatted copy. Sorry for the poor quality... I'm not familiar with my camera and am not good at taking pictures. I've managed to take close-ups so hopefully, you can see the text. Just click on the pictures to enlarge for easier reading.

The Poster


I've Learnt that...

people who seem to have easy lives, 
are actually people... who are easy 
to live with... in the first place.
~ age 49

Professor Tommy Koh

His Bio:

Professor Tommy Koh Thong Bee

Professor Tommy Koh Thong Bee, affectionately known as Tommy was born on 12 November 1937 in Singapore.  He was educated in Raffles Institution from 1952 to 1957.  In 1961, he graduated with an LLB (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Singapore , having been in the pioneer batch of law students.  He went on to Harvard University to obtain an LLM degree in 1964, and also a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University in 1965.

Subsequently, he joined the University of Singapore and was the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1971 to 1974.  In 1977, he was conferred a full Professorship.  In 1984, Professor Koh was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws Yale University.  He has also received awards from Colombia University, Stanford University, Georgetown University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

He was Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), New York, from 1968 to 1971 (concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Canada), and again from 1974 to 1984 (concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico).  From 1980 to 1982, he was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and was responsible for drawing up the successful conclusion of the Law of the Sea which is widely acclaimed by the world body.  Credit was given to him for his diplomacy in achieving that.

Tommy was appointed Ambassador to the United States of America from 1984 to 1990.  He was Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development from 1990 to 1992.  He was also appointed Director of the Institute of Policy Studies from 1990 to 1997, and Chairman of the National Arts Council from 1991 to 1996.  Tommy was a member of the UN's High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development from 1993 to 1995.  He was also a member of the Earth Council from 1993 to 1996.  From 1994 to 1995, he served as the Executive Secretary of the APEC Business Leaders' Forum called the Pacific Business Forum.

He was the Second Arthur & Frank Payne Visiting Professor at the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, USA, for 1994/1995.  He was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as his Special Envoy to lead a mission to the Russian Federation, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in August/September 1993.  He is currently a member of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Panel considering the dispute between the United States of America and the European Community over the Helms Burton Act.

Tommy is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.  He is a member of the International Council of The Asia Society (New York) and the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (Washington).  Tommy is also a member of the Toyota International Advisory Board.  He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Group of the Maritime and the Port of Singapore Authority.  He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Korea Institute of International Economic Policy and the Asia-Pacific Review Journal published by the Institute for International Policy Studies, Japan.

Tommy was conferred many honours, both locally and internationally.  In recognition of his vast contributions to Singapore, he was awarded the Public Service Star in 1971, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1979, and the Distinguished Service Order Award in 1990.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the Golden Ark by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in March 1993.  He also received the 1996 Elizabeth Haub Prize from the University of Brussels and the International Council on Environmental Law in April 1997.  Tommy received the award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins from the Government of Chile in April 1997.

He is currently the Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation.  Tommy married Dr Poh Siew Aing in 1967 and they have two sons, Wei and Aun.  In spite of all his academic and international awards and appointments, Tommy is well loved by all his students, Faculty, peers and friends as well as all who have come into contact with his from all walks of life.  He is the Patron of the Nature Society, the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, the Substation, the Singapore International Film Festival, the Singapore Association for Environmental Companies, the Singapore Librarians' Association and the Theatre of the Deaf called "Hi ! Theatre."
Despite his high office, Tommy has always been very humble, sincere and very approachable and is a friend to everyone, whether you are in high office or just a student.  Hence, his popularity within Singapore and outside.  He is indeed an outstanding Rafflesian by any measure.

His Style, His Sway:
In my opinion... it was a very good 4-hit combo. Read on...

Tommy Koh's 4-hit combo

"We, the Yale College Faculty, express our concern regarding the lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore, host of Yale-National University of Singapore College…" (Yale College Faculty Resolution, 2012)

In return, Tommy Koh launched a 4-hit combo. One of them appears to be an old favourite:

"In Singapore, unlike the United States, racial and religious harmony are prized above the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. 

If there is a contradiction between them, the US would give primacy to the freedom of speech and freedom of the press, whereas Singapore would give primacy to racial and religious harmony. 

This does not mean that one side is right and the other side is wrong. What it means is that we are different because of our different histories and circumstances. 

It is not fair for the Yale faculty to criticise Singapore for its 'lack of respect for civil and political rights' without acknowledging that it is only 47 years old and that, in that short time, it has transited from the Third World to the First."

Old as it may be, it's never been very clear. Yes, Singapore and US are different in the ways he mentioned. But it doesn't immediately follow that there isn't a right and wrong about it.

Tommy Koh's case rests on Singapore's youth. But I daresay the Yale faculty is aware of our country's age. What did they miss, according to Koh?

It has to be something like this: When a country is young, civil and political rights are reasonably not its priority. There are more pressing matters for a country in its infancy, such as social harmony.

What do you think of his argument?

I think it fails to address the heart of the matter — two crucial issues. Firstly, are the suppression of such rights in Singapore indeed necessary to prevent significant social disharmony? Next, is it morally permissible to remove such rights from members of a society, even if it alternative is significant social disharmony?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Updated Post:

We changed our minds... they're not consistent... meat wasn't tender.

We're not going back... just yet... maybe will try again once we've gotten over this incident.

Original Post:

We like this. We're definitely going back.

Recent comments about the 'You Tiao':
• "Eh the best You Tiao leh… :O".
• "D perfect You Tiao"
• Pork Ribs are nice, lean and tender.
• Soup is very peppery (the way I like it, but may be too peppery for some)

The Dishes We Like:
• You Tiao
• Pork Ribs Soup
• Kopi (or Coffee) for dipping the You Tiao

The Dishes We Did NOT Like:
• Dry Bak Kut Teh


Old Street Bak Kut Teh
129 Upper Paya Lebar Road,
(near Pereira Road, Little Road and off Paya Lebar Road)

Opening Hours: 

Mon to Fri – 9.30 am to 11.30 pm 
Sat & Sun – 7 am to 11.30 pm

Click on an image to enlarge:






Android Phone ~ Music Notation, Pitch Pipe & Metronome

Yesterday, Audrey mentioned about a Phone App that can play the beat. 
This App that I've downloaded may be what she's talking about in the Metronome section.

This app is also useful if you want to just type out the rhythm to hear what it sounds like by using the Notation Editor which is for composing songs.

They have...
1 ~ Notation Editor ~ to compose music
2 ~ Pitch Pipe ~ to intone
3 ~ Metronome ~ to keep in time ~ either way, you can set the BPM or just tap and they will tell you what the BPM is/are.


Description ~ Have you ever wanted to compose music on Android? Now you can! Maestro is primarily a music notation editor, but includes a pitch pipe and metronome as well. With the notation editor, you can drag and drop notes directly onto the staff and then have the app play your composition back to you. You can also change the key signature, time signature, and clef, and choose the instrument you want to hear played. It's fast, fun, and easy to use. Maestro is currently in beta testing, and we would appreciate your feedback.


Optical iLLusion

What do you see?

Click on image to enlarge.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Online Media Converter (Video & Audio)

This is a useful Online Software.

It is very good as it helped me accomplished my objective. 

I had a video that I had to rotate. I googled and found out that the Windows Movie Maker (WMM) can do it and I am familiar with it. However, WMM does not load MOV files so I had to convert it to either WMV or AVI files. I googled and found this link. 

Using this Online converter, I tried converting this MOV file to WMV but I had codec problems which I didn't understand so I had to find another way. 

I converted it to AVI and it even managed to rotate the Video 90 degrees. However, I still needed to use WMM to boost the audio which was too low.

This link is for Video, but the main link showed that it does other conversion as well... like audio.

MID to MP3
I didn't like the quality coz the drum beats sounded like it was lagging but will have to try again because every file may have different results. The sound quality here was better than another website I tried recently but only the back ground percussion bothered me and I preferred the other converter even though the quality was poorer because the beat wasn't lag-gie and the beat was important for the purpose of teaching Choir parts.

Useful Online Converter

Main Link

Video Converter


Friday, June 22, 2012

Jesus ~ by Akiane Kramarik...

Wow! This girl, Akiane Kramarik, is an amazing Artist & Poet! 

Jesus ~ by Akiane Kramarik
(Click on picture to enlarge)
YouTube Videos of ~ Akiane Kramarik's Interviews

How she saw Lord Jesus at the age of 4 and how she painted his holy face at the age of 8

Akiane Kramarik (age 10) - Evening magazine


YouTube Videos of ~ The boy who affirmed her painting of Jesus:

Boy who 'saw heaven' Details still vivid after 8 years - books
Colton Burpo's account of visiting heaven when he nearly died of a burst appendix at the age of 4 is the subject of the book "Heaven Is for Real," and an illustrated edition for children, "Heaven Is for Real for Kids." Now aged 12, the son of Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo recounted sitting in Jesus' lap, meeting John the Baptist and his own departed great-grandfather, and having angels sing to him during his near-death experience.

Todd Burpo Interview Heaven is for Real

Here's her Poetry from her...
Akiane Kramarik ~ Official Website
Love ~ A Poem by Akiane Kramarik

Love is never alone
Love is always crowded
Love is the shared self

We cannot own our love
And we cannot teach our love
The longest breath of love
is the shortest distance to heaven

The deepest life is love
The deepest love is an embrace

Love is not rest
Love is peace
Love is the purpose

Akiane Kramarik
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Born: July 9, 1994 (age 17 in 2012)
Mount Morris, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation: painter, poet
Website: artakiane.com

Akiane Kramarik ( /æˈkiːænæ/; born July 9, 1994) is an American poet and artistic prodigy.

Akiane Kramarik was born in Mount Morris, Illinois to a Lithuanian mother and an American father. She is homeschooled.

She is primarily a self-taught painter. However, she states that God has given her the visions and abilities to create her artwork, which is unusual for her family, considering both her parents were atheist at the time (they later converted to Christianity on account of Kramarik's paintings and visions). 

Kramarik started drawing at the age of four, advancing to painting at six, and writing poetry at seven. Her first completed self-portrait sold for US$10,000. A portion of the money generated from sales is donated by Kramarik to charities. According to Kramarik, her art is inspired by her visions of heaven, and her personal connection with God. Kramarik's art depicts life, landscape, and people.

At the age of 10, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and at the age of 12, on CNN.