Thursday, 28 January 2010

Workers’ Party logo included in 100 Icons Exhibition

The Workers’ Party logo is included as one of the collection of 100 icons that are significant to Singapore’s social history and visual culture in the 100 Icons Exhibition organised by The Design Society.

Read about it here.

Special thanks to Choong Yong for the video.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Would you pay $100, 000 COV?

This was a report found in 'TODAY', here is the link.

This COV thingy is really getting out of hand! It is downright ridiculous to pay COV that much!
In fact, when a valuator valuates the house, he/ she had already consider all factors of the value of the house. Paying a COV to me its just out of goodwill.

With the rise of HDB prices and the increasing amount of COV requested by seller, first time flat owner is finding it tougher to own a house here in Singapore.

I simpy cannot understand why is it that my parents are able to buy a 3-room flat at a good location that is the same size of a new HDB 4-room flat now at less than $20, 000 30 years ago. Nowadays, a 4-room flat will easily cost you at least $300, 000 for one that is located along a good location.

Alright, you say its because of better quality?

Is that true? From my superficial understanding, new flats nowadays have more problems as compared to flats 30 years back. Take for example the current place I'm staying in. Within the 1st year after my family moved in, rain water is able to seep into my bedroom wall, causing the floor to get wet. The rain water did not splash in, it seep in. I don't know how. I had to call Town council at least 2-3 times and HDB another 2-3 times, before they eventually send someone down to take a look at it.

Yes, the word is 'take a look'. Next, they will fix another appointment, say maybe 2 weeks later to do repair work. The root of the problem was the exterior wall. The most frustrating part was, it didn't get any better! The problem remains unsolved.

Apart from me, I'm very sure that there are a lot of young couple out there experiencing problem with their newly purchased flats.

Unlike the flat we bought 30 years ago, it was only after 10 years then you experience problems such as pipe leakage or wall cracking.

Better quality? I don't think so.

Not to even mention that the flats 30 years ago was bigger and more spacious. The new ones that we have now is small! Especially the kitchen! It is almost impossible to have 3 people standing inside there.

Next, you say because of inflation therefore flats are more expensive now.

Allow me to do a comparison. 30 years ago, chicken rice probably cost $1/ plate. It will probably cost you $4/ plate now. That is an increase of 400%.

If the prices of our flats is to increase accordingly it should the most cost us $80, 000 or $100, 000! But what we see now are exorbitant prices!

I don't know if this comparison makes sense, I wrote this blog post in a fit of anger after reading the report mentioned above.

I need to calm downnnnnnnnn....

Monday, 18 January 2010

Saturday, 16 January 2010

YouthQuake 6

16 Jan 2009, Sat 2.30pm – 5.00pm
@ WP HQ, 216-G Syed Alwi Road, #02-03

Come on down and join us at the WP HQ this afternoon as we hear from 3 promising undergrad on their views on the above topic.

For more information, click here.

Friday, 15 January 2010

My personal review for 2009

Its been a while since I updated my blog. I had been really busy at work due to the shortage of staff. Hopefully with 2 more headcount things would be better. Apart from work, I’m also busy with the renovation of my new house. Still it gives no reason for the lack of updates and hence for the year 2009, here is my first post. It is my personal review of 2009.

1) My silliest mistake:

This blog post, ‘Prosperous New Year!’ I wish everyone a good Ox year but the picture that I had posted was actually the Tiger which is this year!

2) Campaigns which to me is worth to participate in:

3) Most bewildered forum article:

Reconsider 5-day week?

4) Most heart-wrenching news:

Something that happened in KL.

5) Most interesting video:

‘Send Ah Kong to JB’

6) Proudest moment:

Its my proudest because I never expect myself to be voted as the 'Best Speaker' for my maiden speech made in my first Toastmasters appearance. I will be posting my speech on my blog soon.

7) Most talked about issue:

AWARE saga

8) Most well-written article on the issue of Bilingual policy, something which I was quite paying attention to:

‘No Apology Needed’

9) Most heart-wrenching experience:

‘Education Trust’ magazine interview that I was involved in. A group of us was tasked to interview several recipients and trustee for the ‘Education Trust’ magazine that is in the making.

I should be writing about my experience for the next ‘Hammer’ article in the 2nd quarter of this year.

10) Most eventful moment:

It has to be the purchase of my new house and the on-going renovation.
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