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About Ronkovic

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  1. I'd have to say otherwise. In fact, I find more drives are more inconsiderate and driving more recklessly without consideration for others on the road. The phenomenon of speeding to block someone changing lanes happens all the time, hence sometimes I wonder whether using the indicator serves more like an invitation to have someone do that to you. However, I think perhaps there are certain exceptions coupled with other entitled/bad driving habits that works in the opposite way. For example, we are taught to signal way in advance, but there are those who will just flash a signal at the last second and automatically assume they can just cut into your path just because they did so. There are also others who are driving parallel to you with half your car past them but they still attempt to force their way into your lane. In terms of merging lanes, I still don't understand why people have to rush to force their way instead of steadily moving one-by-one; which often results in putting another driver in a stressful or dangerous situation because of such an action. Giving way and slowly lining and forming up would actually make the process of navigating merging lanes, particularly into entrances / exits of expressways or tunnels would really make things smoother. Then of course, another perennial problem is road-hogging, you see them all over expressways all the time - the self-entitled Sunday stroller on the centre and extreme right lanes, cruising like they're on some countryside road; To be fair, when the road is empty, there are those who give way and move left to make way to others moving faster than they are. But of course, there are also those who will go by the 'as-long-as-I'm-within-the-speed-limit, I've-every-right' mentality who will just hog those 2 lanes, and at worse, refuse to budge. There's definitely more examples of inconsiderate driving, but I guess if I went on, this post might stretch over a few pages so perhaps I'll leave those for later. Yes, please do share with us the route you take! Sometimes it could also be the timing along certain routes. When there's less cars, there's usually less instances of inconsiderate driving I suppose?
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    Start review of caning in schools

    Exactly! All these so-called 'Rebels' without a Cause and 'Rebels' without a Clue! 😂
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    Start review of caning in schools

    As I shared earlier, these days, a lot of students actually take it as a 'badge of honour' or assumed 'street-cred' to receive punishment. In my opinion, suspension also has mixed effects, again depending on the student / parents. For some kids, they're happy to be suspended because it means they need not come to school. Even though the lesson behind suspension is more to help them understand how much they lose out on by not being in school; a lot of kids are still not mature enough to absorb that lesson, albeit a very small minority do. In the past, I think we'd be embarrassed to ever be punished - be it caning, sent out of class, suspended etc. But these days, kids appear to take it more matter-of-fact, and it doesn't have that same 'impact' or 'stigma' as before.
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    Start review of caning in schools

    Caning rarely happens in Primary School nowadays unless its really serious. Your shared experience and some of the other sharing brings back memories - especially the hitting with the ruler. I don't know why but it seemed to be the favourite mode of punishment meted out by CL2 teachers, who were really fierce. Spelling wrong kena beat, talking in class, kena beat. Somehow the wooden ruler was damn effective in bringing about a stinging pain that triggers all the pain sensors in the nerves. Haha!
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    Start review of caning in schools

    In today's news .... https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/mother-makes-police-report-against-primary-school-after-son-was-caned-for-altercation-with In this in case, I'd think it is highly likely that the caning was not within SOP. Wonder what implications / outcomes this will bring...
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    Start review of caning in schools

    Fully agreed. In such situations, having a good Principal and HODs is very important. The last thing a teacher needs is to have his Principal hang him out to dry when fit hits the shan.
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    Start review of caning in schools

    Actually in today's context, I think most schools already try to make it very clear on what 'grave misconduct' means. It's all specified in the student handbook and a similar handbook / information booklet documenting the disciplinary requirements / policies. Caning is still very much a feature in many schools and in my personal view, should be here to stay. My only concern through observation, as some of you have mentioned, is that the deterrent effect of caning might be on the wane. Some of you highlighted that for some recalcitrant offenders, caning now becomes a 'badge of honour' of sorts, or something that gives presumed 'street cred' to them, rather than reform them. Most of the time, I reckon it has to do a lot with parental attitudes and/or family upbringing. On the negative side, I've encountered entitled parents questioning teachers' meting out collective punishment and disciplining their children; There are parents who will also barge into school and threaten complaints to MOE / MP / PM and threaten to sue the school; even when their kid is clearly in the wrong. With their blatant disregard for the school's authority, what kind of message does that send to their kids? Family context / background also has a part to play. It is quite sad that sometimes, we have kids who go astray because of unfortunate family circumstances (e.g. broken families; abusive parents/households, poverty etc.). Sometimes it pans out well where despite the circumstances, we have kids who are willing to change and strive for better and end up doing good for themselves; on the other side of the coin, the kids remain defiant and spiral into the same negative circumstances as their parents and the cycle repeats itself.
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    Reckless Cyclist

    Since the video was from SG Road Vigilante, for a minute the next thing I thought the video would show was the silver car approaching closely in a distance right behind crashing into the bike but luckily it never happened. Or else, poor driver get into trouble because of some "hero's" stupidity, and not to mention the entire highway will have a jam and cause a few hundreds of drivers to be pissed off.
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    The power of "makeup"

    Maybe some of the sub-contractors got the brief wrong - Client asked for Chang'er, but end up Contractor got it as Cheng He.
  10. Agreed. At the same time our enforcers can also do everyone a favour by catching all the heavy vehicles hogging the centre lanes during peak hours too. Probably catch more of those than reckless, speeding drivers.
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    Man steals basin tap from police station

    Yes my thoughts exactly. Even the German-made Hansgrohe Mixer Tap which I use for the common toilet basin cost me less than $120. I also used a basic local brand two way tap at the washing yard for only $49. So it really struck me when the cost of $172.20 was highlighted for what would likely be a basic-brand tap at a public facility. I would assume that public services would be more prudent and mindful of public perception of expenditures. On the other side of the coin, to be fair, it's not wrong to have better-branded fixtures since most contractors can secure it at pretty reasonable bulk prices from suppliers and the public institutions can enjoy economies of scale for purchases and related services (e.g. installation etc.); but the cost highlighted makes it seem like we didn't exactly get the best of deals.
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    Man steals basin tap from police station

    Perhaps maybe for the guy it was worth it. With the assumption that he's unemployed and facing financial hardship, getting 3 months jail is probably good "ROI" in his mind: - Minimum comfort board; Roof over his head with highest level 24/7 Security. - Daily nutritious basic meals and snacks. - Basic attire provided with laundry service. - Routine physical workout for healthy well-being. - Street cred for getting away with a tap from a police station and not getting caught till a month later.
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    Man steals basin tap from police station

    Reading the article, I have 2 questions: 1) If the tap costs $172.20, I'm wondering what 'special' tap that is and why we're paying so much for it. 2) What's more, it's stated that perpetrator was caught on CCTV unscrewing the tap - You mean there's a CCTV in the toilet as well??
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    Advice needed for New Zealand road trip

    Yes, driving there would certainly be a welcome break from the grind of daily driving in Singapore for sure, so any further tips to enjoy the experience will hopefully go a long way in making it a more positive experience. I can only hope that no Singaporeans bring their bad driving habits over there. I can assure you it will not be well-received and these bad apples will end up spoiling the market for the rest. Just to add on another point: 6) Roundabouts (Or what we call 'Circus') - NZ is full of roundabouts, within the city area, country towns or at major exits of highways that lead to different suburbs. It is always essential to familiarise oneself on how to navigate and filter through the roundabout without cutting into someone's path to get to your respective exit point. Signals are very important to let people know which direction/path you're taking as the kiwi drivers will take their cues from there so any mis-signalling could potentially put you on a collision course. There is no controlled junction within the roundabout like in Newton Circus.
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    Mother of ALL JAMs in at Checkpoint

    Maybe now got to include Adult Diapers in the SG-JB Jam Survival Pack!