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  1. Why is that sedans are more comfortable than SUV for long drive?
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    Chemotherapy experience at NCC

    True, Oncologist usually recommend to cut down on red meat, and take more green vegetables https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/21639/cancer-prevention/diet-exercise/nutrition-diet/fruit-vegetables/meat-and-cancer/
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    Chemotherapy experience at NCC

    If you could turn back the clock, are there things you wish you have done but didn't do? what do you want to see or experience in your life? etc...
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    Is it alright to pay more for the Toyota brand?

    It is the same when compared Conti to JDM cars. If we compare Qashqai 2.0 Premium to a Merc GLA 180, both around the same price range, JDM gives you more features, like blind spot assist, 360 cameras etc, which are optional for Merc. Merc owner will feel short change, pay more but get less. Same for Starbucks Hot Chocolate vs Kopitiam Milo, 4-5 times the price, but we still patronize Starbucks. At the end of the day, if you have a deep pocket, go for it.
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    Is it alright to pay more for the Toyota brand?

    Ya, it is like buying Casio vs Rolex. Casio is loaded with functions, while Rolex is a brand, atas watch.
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    Is it alright to pay more for the Toyota brand?

    It depends on how deep is your pocket. It is like comparing Starbucks hot chocolate to Kopitiam Milo. Milo is value for money, no doubt about that, but look at Starbucks, it is always crowded. Why consumer is willing to pay for hot chocolate, which is 4-5x the price of Milo. For me, if you can afford it, go for it, after all, I can't bring the money into my coffin.
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    Chemotherapy experience at NCC

    I can relate to the pain you are going thru. I was with my friend when she had her chemo, but because of the pain, she gave up on her treatment. She had stomach cancer, her stomach was burning everyday, till her last day. Keep it up and get well soon.
  8. Doomsday Prepper?? What do you think?
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    Recommended workshops for Merc

    Bro, My C class is out of warranty and looking for a workshop, any recommendation?
  10. Any bro recently travelled to Australia? which website you used for applying ETA visa? why the fees are different USD$39 vs AUD$20, and some of the websites looks quite fake. https://www.migrationexpert.com.au/travel_v...CFVEU6wodLUYAFQ https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp http://www.singapore.embassy.gov.au/sing/eta_visa.html
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    Driving in East Kyushu with Follow Me Japan (Part 1)

    Can't access to part 2 of the trip???
  12. Given 1,000 times radioactive dose at SGH Share on linkedin Share on facebook Share on twitter Source Straits Times Date 15 Mar 2013 AuthorSalma Khalik AN ELDERLY woman was given 1,000 times the correct amount of radioactive iodine after a doctor got confused over the dose. Madam Jeet Kaur developed a thyroid gland disorder following the error in March 2007 and was later diagnosed with cancer. Two weeks ago, her family reached an out-of-court settlement with Singapore General Hospital (SGH). But they are now attempting to have the case reopened, accusing the hospital of trying to sweep it under the carpet. Her son, aviation company boss Prithpal Singh, has written an open letter to Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, saying that the mistake has led to "a major nightmare for all of us". Madam Kaur, who was then 75, went to SGH for a routine check of her swollen lymph nodes. It involved her being given radioactive iodine as part of the screening. An hour after she got home, Mr Singh received a call from the hospital. He was told something very serious had happened. Doctors were rushing to see his mother and asked him to be present. When they arrived, they immediately gave her medicine and took her back to SGH for further treatment. It turned out that the doctor had made a mistake over the dose. Instead of giving it in microcuries, he used millicuries, which are 1,000 times stronger. Mr Singh said his immediate concern was whether the error would lead to cancer. He was told it would not but that his mother would suffer from hypothyroidism as her glands would not produce enough thyroid hormones. She would need medication for life, which the hospital said it would take care of. Mr Singh said his mother had been active and healthy before the incident. But a month after it happened, she started to lose weight and became increasingly sickly. In 2010, she was diagnosed with low-grade lymphoma, a cancer of the blood. This meant she required several sessions of chemotherapy and hospitalisation. The family then decided to take action against SGH. "We realised the medical condition of my mother was a lot worse and more serious than what the doctors had made it out to be," said Mr Singh. He added that the hospital had insisted it was an "honest mistake" and not negligence. The doctor, who no longer works there, said in his affidavit that he was new to preparing radio-iodine and got confused. SGH agreed to pay compensation for the overdose but not for the cancer, since there was no proof that it was caused by the excess of radioactive iodine. The family said they approached a couple of nuclear medicine specialists to act as witnesses, but these experts refused because they did not want to burn their bridges with the hospital. "We just gave up," said Mr Singh. They settled for the $20,000 offered by SGH. But some days later, his mother received a bill for more than $4,000 for treatment in 2007 and 2008. Mr Singh has now written to the minister, saying: "Until today, we do not know if there were any lessons learnt from this incident and what actions were taken... The impression I got was that it was all conveniently dusted away under the carpet." Dr Andrew Tan, a nuclear physician with Raffles Hospital, said 100 microcuries is the standard amount of radio-iodine used for diagnostic purposes. But higher doses of up to 30 millicuries are used for treating cancer patients. "Anything above 30 millicuries is considered a high dose," said Dr Tan. He added that giving more than 10 millicuries would almost certainly shrink the glands and cause hypothyroidism. It is unlikely to lead to cancer, he said, although a dose of 1,000 millicuries is linked to a higher risk of blood cancers in younger patients. The Health Ministry said it had been alerted to the incident and was looking into the case. Professor Fong Kok Yong, who chairs SGH's medical board, said: "We acknowledge our responsibility for the lapse and had apologised unreservedly to the patient and her family upon uncovering the error." He added: "She remains in our continued care and we are committed to her well-being." salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma
  13. Only Roger can do this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUCobDz7aec
  14. http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/...228-330623.html Motoring @ AsiaOne 'Some years' before new satellite-based ERP is ready: Minister Tests are still ongoing and if the system is found to be technically feasible, there are still some years to go before launch. -AsiaOne Tue, Feb 28, 2012 AsiaOne The development of the new satellite-tracked Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system is still in its "early stages", Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said in response to questions in Parliament on Tuesday. Tests are still ongoing to make sure that the system is technically feasible and reliable in a built-up city like Singapore, she said. And if the system is technically feasible, it is still "some years" before the system is ready to be launched and implemented, Mrs Teo added. Satellite signals may bounce off tall buildings in built-up areas like Singapore, resulting in patchy accuracy, earlier reports said. When the technology is proven, the Government will then study how to use the new system to influence motorists' usage of vehicles. A tender for the project was awarded to four parties last year to conduct a system evaluation test for the next-generation ERP system. According to The Straits Times, the four are Kapsch TrafficCom; MHI Engine System Asia & NCS; ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) & IBM Singapore; and Watchdata Technologies & Beijing Watchdata System. Each party will receive $1 million in seed funding "to design, develop and demonstrate technological solutions". The new system may charge motorists according to where they go and how much distances they clock. tonyng@sph.com.sg
  15. Youtube CNN news http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/....japan.warning/ http://www.ausbt.com.au/sendai-airport-hit...apan-earthquake Tsunami warnings are also in effect for Russia, the Marianas Islands, the Marcus Islands, Guam, Wake Island, and Taiwan. Tsunami watches are also out for Yap, the Philipines, the Marshall Islands, Belau, Midway Island, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, the Johnston Islands, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Hawaii. Airports across the Western Pacific are likely to be affected, as the geography of the coastline and islands of the Pacific mean that airports tend to be built towards the coastline. Initially reported as a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, the United States Geological Survey has hiked the reported magnitude to 8.9. After such a massive earthquake, tsunami warnings spread out across the Pacific
  16. LEARN TO SURVIVE HIGHWAY THUGS Experts provide tips on how to protect yourself while driving up North By Tan Mae Lynn June 04, 2007 YOU are driving in Malaysia and have to make a pit stop along the highway. A man walks to your car, brandishes a knife and orders you to open the door. What should you do? Judging from the reaction of Singapore motorists involved in recent crimes, few know how to react when faced with such scenarios. Recently, a Malaysian woman, whose husband works in Singapore, opened the car door to an armed man while her husband was at the washroom of a petrol station in Tampoi, Johor. The assailant drove off with her and her young son in the car to a secluded spot where he and an accomplice took turns to rape the 28-year-old pregnant woman. In other cases, Singaporeans were accosted by robbers. Said Mr Lionel de Souza, a former police officer: 'If you're on a highway and being pursued, try and make a dash for a police station or a crowded area. 'If you're outnumbered, just give them what they want. It doesn't feel good to lose something, but your life is more important. You can always earn money back.' He also suggested driving to Malaysia in a convoy. 'At least if one is hijacked, the others can get help,' he said. 'And don't drive a flashy car.' Professional race driver Denis Lian, 35, who drives into Malaysia quite frequently, said the last thing motorists should do is open the door to strangers. He said: 'When you open your car door, or when you just step into your car, you're at your most vulnerable. CHECK MIRROR 'Before you come to a stop, look in your mirrors and see who's around or approaching. If you see anyone around who looks suspicious, or hovering around, or anyone who just makes you feel uncomfortable, drive off.' And never, ever get out of your car when faced with a suspicious situation. 'Your car is your weapon and your only defence. 'It's much safer behind the glass window... It's unlikely the person will smash the window - it's very difficult to do that.' Agreeing, Mr Tan Teng Lip, president of the Singapore Motorsports Association, added: 'Make sure you car is locked from the inside. Never wind down the window to speak to strangers. If you sense trouble, sound your horn to attract attention.' AVOID STOPPING As many Singapore families are expected to head north during the current school holidays, it may be prudent for them to be prepared for overseas road trips. Chief editor of Wheels Asia magazine, Mr Mazlan Samad, advised that even when someone bumps into the back of your car or causes you to hit into their car by braking suddenly, you shouldn't stop the car. He cited these as some of the common tactics robbers use to get motorists to stop their vehicles. 'If you're in foreign territory, alone or don't feel safe enough, take note of the car number but don't get off. Just drive to the nearest police post or petrol station to get help.' He also advised that it would be prudent to note down the telephone number of the traffic police or traffic emergency services in whichever country you'll be driving in. General manager of the Automobile Association of Malaysia, Mr Samuel Saik, added: 'If there's an accident, there's not much you can do anyway. It's better to make the call for the person than to put yourself at risk by getting out of the car.' Also, always keep to the main road and never stop at secluded spots for rest or toilet breaks, especially when driving alone and at night. 'Even Malaysians don't do that,' he said. source: http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,...,132157,00.html?
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    Jaguar XE

    Ask for 5 years free servicing.
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    Audi A3 Sedan/Sportsback Owners - Check In

    http://www.riverviewauto.com.sg/ Look for Ah Foo, his pricing is reasonable. The Audi agent also commented that conti cars are not like Jap cares, they are quite temperamental.
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    Hokkaido Summer Holidays

    For self drive, did you use your own Garmin GPS or the Japanese GPS from the rental company?
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    JB Crimewatch

    BEWARE OF CAR THEFT at Legoland https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g298278-d3491018-r188889991-Legoland_Malaysia-Johor_Bahru_Johor_Bahru_District_Johor.html Is this still a big issue at Legoland?
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    Audi A3 Sedan/Sportsback Owners - Check In

    Have replaced our battery once at Audi center. Anyone bought the A3 Cabriolet? any issue with water seepage so far?