A letter to Singapore parents

Dear fellow Singapore Parents,

When I was in Basic Military Training (BMT) in 1995, I saw a sight that burned into my mind till today. It happened during the weekend when parents could come visit their poor, suffering boys after the first two weeks of BMT training.

I was waiting for my mum to turn up when I saw this scene – one of the recruits was sitting upright on a bench, closing his eyes and looking very pleased. His mother was sitting next to him, and was carefully using a cotton bud to dig his left ear for him. There must have been a lot of ear wax to excavate, because both of them did not pay attention to the rest of the world.

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When Singapore drivers become boiled frogs

It is one thing for the Government to track your every move. It is another thing for them to charge you money for it.

Today, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that it has awarded a $556 million tender to NCS and MHI Engine System to build Singapore’s next-generation electronic road-pricing (ERP) system. One which will have islandwide coverage and the ability to charge for distance travelled, and is slated to launch in 2020.

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This is not a Rebecca Lim commentary

I’ve been telling my friends that the whole Rebecca Lim and NTUC Income publicity stunt was such a non-story. So writing this piece on my blog kind of contradicts myself, because I am writing a story about a non-story. Even talking about it has made it a story.

But let me be clear here. This is not a commentary about Rebecca Lim. This is about how society is spending too much time getting its knickers in a bunch over nothing.

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Biker Bites – Biker Dads, Daylight Drunkards and the XDiavel

Ludicrous as it sounds, biker dads are mostly like Batman. Not in the heroic sense, but just the alter-ego lifestyle we often lead. 

While the family is still asleep in the wee hours of the morning, we put on our leathers, fire up the engine, rumble through the streets, avoid the cops, and meet up with other bikers to eat and drink coffee.

Then we get home, park the bike, peel off the riding boots, hang up the leathers and are back to the boring daddy stuff (housework, office work on the computer, reading the news) when the kids wake up bleary-eyed.

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Ducati Monster 1200S – Portraits with my iPhone

Every Ducati is a work of art, and it’s always fun to find new ways to photograph these beauties on a small island like Singapore. I used to scout actively for photographic opportunities on my previous Monster 1100 Evo with my larger cameras, but I’ve slowed down a bit with my current Monster 1200S due to work and generally lousy weather.

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