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  1. Went to Hokkaido recently and would like to share some photos here. Famous for its flower flied and winter sports during winter, August is end of the summer season I think. Weather wise still cooling average around 22 C with morning and evening dropping to below 18C. This trip I rented a 8 seater and total distance covered is approx 1400 Km. While the speed limit for city is 50 km/hr and highway 80 km/hr, to maintain at 80 km/hr on highway is not so easy. Took Scoot from Singapore and transit at Taiwan (1 hour transit time) Good break but just enough time to get on the plane. Landed in Sapporo early morning. This is a short of their air port. nowhere near Changi T1 but there are buses you can catch to town. I booked Unizo Inn next to Sapporo Grand Hotel. Checked in and walk to collect my car which I booked with Budget car rental. It is within walking distance. Photos of a street shot in Sapporo and their underground train station (MRT). Beside flower and snow, Japan is also about food. 1st stop is their famous Furano Cheese factory. But, it is more like a cafe and their cakes.
  2. Recently, by an incredible stroke of luck, I came across the website of the army boys trade school. https://sites.google.com/site/mybalep/Home My dad's name is inside but I shall keep it secret. By another stroke of luck, I managed to actually email someone from the site and he knew my dad personally. He is not in Singapore but he has emailed me photos which I have never seen before and given me locations of their meet ups. What is the army boys trade school? Basically boys from Singapore and Malaya would join this. This was under the British. It is a school where they learned soldiering and also got an education as well. From what I understand, this education was more of a technical education where they learneda sspecific skill. As part of the British army, they too fought for Singapore during the confrontation years. Yet I have never seen a mention of them in mindef magazines. And I have never met a single person outside of family who has actually heard of this school, not to mention known someone from there. So now I have this opportunity to meet them. I am of two minds. One is not to meet as it might be awkward as they do not know me, just my father and he passed away close to twenty years ago. On the other hand, these people are old and the list of those who died are getting longer. If I don't try, i might never get another chance. If you were me, would you? By the way my dad's picture is inside so if anyone knows anyone from this picture can message me privately.
  3. Not an Audi owner but received the mailer today. Audi is offering 2 days extended test drive on A6, A8 and Q8. Curious to know if anyone tried the service and what happens if suay suay kena accident haha.
  4. Adrianli

    My 3 days with a VW Golf GTI

    Thank you to MCF for picking me as a winner for the lucky draw to drive the Golf GTI for a weekend. Selected the available weekend slot from VCS, Fri to Mon. Met Amanda from VCS at 2pm on Fri to collect the car. Signed the agreement form and proceeded to take delivery of the car. Amanda gave me a very detailed brief of the car from exterior to interior, it was like I bought a brand new car. She handed the car over with full tank of fuel and there is no top-up required by me. And I was also surprised that VCS allowed me to drive the car to Malaysia. However I was not able to due to commitments in SG, attending NDP preview. First look at the Golf GTI exterior, it was stunning, looks big. Mine is white colour. The distinctive red GTI line across the front from head lamp to head lamp stands out, typical of the GTI heritage. The LED headlight and DRS was so beautiful, I liked it. The rest of the body was similar to the rest of the Golf cars. The rear lamps was nothing different to me. And this Golf GTI comes with front sunroof, thou I am not a fan of sunroofs.
  5. I recd 2 sms from Moneylenders soliiciting for biz yesterdays and today. Are they committing any offences thru this manners? Did any bros here also recv similar encounters? It is becoming a nuisence.
  6. BabyBlade

    I Drink Beer on Days that End in Y

    HAPPY HOUR MUG SHOTS! Shuffle Bar @ Clarke Quay.
  7. Yoo, finally ventured back to MCF and see its still thriving! Who here is from the old ICE days (2005-2008 era) :) I started my ICE journey in MCF, hahaha, saw some familiar user IDs!
  8. Bros I figured that I want to do a little road trip with friends before I have to give up my car.. See some of the nice places around M'sia, and not just the typical stuff. The plan is to go in October just before the school holidays, or end of Sept.. so I can also see the East coast before the annual monsoon. Some ideas: Perak rice fields Makan in Ipoh Tasik Kenyir in Trengganu Food in Penang I won't mind stopping in Malacca along the way, but I have been there a lot of times If anyone has a similar plan or done this before, please share, thanks! Also please share if you have tips on food spots, places to stay (under $100Sin), and sights to see. Cheers
  9. Is it just me or is MCF really becoming quiet like a ghost town? Where we used to have a few hundred viewers viewing a hot thread (max I have seen was 1000 at TDON thread), we now have less than 50, and that is also rare, mayb COE threads get that number on those closing days, I saw like 30 over at the exercise thread. Not only viewer rates is down, members participation rate is also down, where we used to have a few thousand posts recorded in a day, I hardly see more than 500 posts recorded now. I remember if you post less than 50 in a day, you cannot even see yourself on the top 20 posters list, now 10 posts get you onto the list, and 50 usually make you the top poster of the day. Anyone knows what has happened or what is happening? Many ppl left? no new members? no interesting topics? replaced by technology? Or is MCF outdated? Any one notice anything? or doing anything about it? or we just let it carry on until no post no view and do an al lang syne?
  10. You know that hot gush of air when you open your car door? How do we reduce the temp when the car is parked in the open? Do we leave gaps in the windows? You can do that if you have window visors installed I guess. Is there any solar powered device in the market which can be installed to provide ventilation and does it help?
  11. Watched the football last night, went to bed at 1AM (didnt even make it to half time.. lol ), and got up at 6.30AM for work. The day was a goner, on zombie mode. I think late nights are beyond me now. 10.30pm is my absolute limit it seems to be productive the following day. So i need 8 hrs proper sleep. What about u guys?
  12. Super sian should have tried to high ball but they keep low balling In the end also accept low ball price since trade in And sure enough after being listed the car was sold in less than 3 days after listing. Who wouldn't want it Maybe should have been more hardworking and sell direct
  13. Hei Hei! Greetings from the land of the never-ending sun! Just sharing some tips, info and photos of my current trip :) Some basic info first: Helsinki Helsinki; Swedish: Helsingfors, is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Helsinki has a population of 605,523, an urban population of 1,159,211 and a metropolitan population of 1,361,506. Some links to guides: http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/finland/helsinki https://www.lonelyplanet.com/finland/helsinki http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/come/tourist-information The country of Finland is sandwiched between two larger powers, Sweden to the West and Russian to the right, and both nations have strong influences on this country. In fact the official second language here is Swedish, with signs showing both Finnish and Swedish. English is an optional third language, but many younger people are picking up this for commercial reasons. A basic summary of what’s good here: If you are here in winter, it’s a fabulous place to see the Northern Lights. The scenery is ok, but it’s best to combine it with other Scandinavian countries, as it is not the most exciting place to visit. Food is nice and it is not as expensive as Norway or Sweden (be prepared to spend $50 for two at Macs). If you like mountains, lakes and outdoors, it’s a nice place. It’s also a stepping stone to visit St Petersburg, Estonia and other Scandinavian places. Getting here involves a direct flight with Finnair, or you have to transit, eg from Frankfurt if you take SIA. Not the chpeatest place to visit, but it’s still cheaper than Norway by a large margin. Budget S$30-40 a meal if you do not want to eat Macs all the time. Or bring some cup noodles J Some basic travel tips: You can get a data only card for E7.9 or use roam planning from home. Food tends to be expensive but not as bad as the Scandinavian countries. The trams and buses are excellent and the people are very friendly. Most will speak some English . The city is not too big and a cab ride from the airport takes about 20 minutes and 40 Euros. Their public transportation system is superb, with trams, trains, and the metro. Add cabs and free bicycles in your hotel, it’s fantastic. The terrain is flat and easy to move around. One thing you will notice is how clean their trains are, with no rubbish, or graffiti. In fact you hardly notice any litter, unlike Singapore where despite the proliferation of rubbish bins every ten metres, you still see litter all over. Many hotels offer free bicycles for you to ride around: For such a small city, you have many travel options, and there are these toilets in the metro, where you press the flush system and it will not only flush but spray water out to wash your hands. But it requires some coordination otherwise you might do the wrong thing and end up washing your hands in the water used to flush the toilets! The trains also go out in to the region, and you buy a pass which covers the city or the regional pass, rather than a strictly by distance kind of system. Furthermore, you can get the Helsinki Card for unlimited travel and visits to the museums and other attractions. (https://www.helsinkicard.com/) The days are long here, and the skies never really get dark; this is what it looks like at 11pm: Of course when you visit a new place, you look out for the local food and it's not all fermented herring here.. This white perch is really awesome! The restaurant is floating on a lake: http://www.ravintolameripaviljonki.fi/ It also does nice desserts: And more food: For good oysters and seafood at the Kamppi Centre (which also has funky toilets): Fisken: http://www.fisken.fi/ This makes your regular fish and chip shop weep… and it wasn’t too expensive - < S$20 Plus great coffee too.
  14. Dumber

    Old days pics to share...

    Goodwood road, 1968 Haw Par Villa , 1963 north Bridge road collyer Quay
  15. Is it safe to park Singapore registered car at Senai Airport covered car park for few days?
  16. More accidents occur on Singapore roads on stormy days and with the monsoon season in full swing, road safety experts are advising motorists to take extra care. About 30 accidents take place typically on days of thunderstorms, according to traffic updates given by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Most of them were on expressways. But on days of moderate to heavy showers, the number of accidents were between 14 and 26. This pattern was derived from the LTA's Twitter feed for the past 10 days. One of the highest numbers of accidents logged was on Monday when there were heavy showers and flash floods in parts of Singapore. At least 30 accidents were on LTA's Twitter feed. Last Monday, when heavy rain fell across the island, at least 28 accidents were logged. Most happened on expressways such as the Pan-Island Expressway, Ayer Rajah Expressway and Seletar Expressway. Accidents were also logged along the East Coast Parkway and Bras Basah Road. Poor visibility is inevitable during a storm. An added risk is slippery roads, said Singapore Road Safety Council vice-chairman Gopinath Menon. This is especially so "when you have rain after a dry period as grime, dust and oil from the roads can make them slippery, especially for motorcyclists". Singapore's north-east monsoon season wet phase typically takes place between mid-November and January. In the inter-monsoon season from October to November, the thunderstorms usually lash Singapore in the afternoons and early evenings. During these times, Prof Menon, an adjunct associate professor at Nanyang Technological University, advised motorists to keep their headlights on and maintain a greater distance from vehicles in front. The Automobile Association of Singapore also urged motorists to ensure their vehicles are well-maintained to cope with the weather. Dirty windscreen and faulty wipers, for example, can hinder visibility when it rains. Its online advisory also said to travel slower as vehicles take longer to stop on slippery roads. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/more-road-accidents-days-thunderstorms-20131107
  17. Hope I didn't post in the wrong section! But has anyone noticed that SGCarmart has been down lately?
  18. Source: http://www.domainofexperts.com/2015/07/good-morning-cher-exhibition-2015.html http://www.domainofexperts.com/2015/07/good-morning-cher-exhibition-2015_11.html http://www.domainofexperts.com/2015/07/good-morning-cher-exhibition-2015_2.html
  19. He kept a cool head but he did not mention NS helped . . . . http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=319201:lost-for-6-days-on-a-cambodian-mountain-i-kept-going-becos-i-didnt-want-my-parents-to-cry-26-yr-old-spore-trekker&Itemid=4#axzz37FeGJSDc He thought it would be a simple day trek. So Mr Sanjay Radakrishna, 26, decided to scale the highest peak in Cambodia on his own, taking only a 1.5 litre bottle of water, 20 pieces of biscuits - and a graduation gown. He wanted to take a selfie of himself wearing the gown on the summit, which he managed to do after a five-hour trek up Phnom Aural. It stands 1,813m above sea level. But the descent took a turn for the unexpected that caused the National Institute of Education undergraduate to end up lost for six days. As Mr Sanjay was heading down in the afternoon, it started to rain and he decided to jog down the narrow trail. But he tripped and fell down a slope about 10m from the trail. When he tried to get back to the trail, he realised that he had lost his bearings. And so began his adventure in the wild. The Singaporean had arrived on June 26 in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, where he met a friend. He had been planning the trip since the beginning of the year with the aim of climbing the country's highest peak. On June 28, he was pillioned on a motorcycle to Srae Kan 3, a village near the foot of the mountain. But he aborted his plan to climb Phnom Aural the next day as it was raining. At 7am on June 30, he set off up the mountain after notifying the people at his homestay, and his girlfriend via text message. Clad in a red shirt, shorts and sports shoes, Mr Sanjay had a watch with compass and altitude functions, a mobile phone, torchlight, camera, mini-tripod, and spare camera batteries. Taking up most of the space in his backpack was a graduation gown he had purchased in advance. "I wanted to take photos in my graduation gown at the summit," he told The New Paper yesterday after he returned to Singapore the day before. "It was a normal climb and I reached the summit after five hours," said Mr Sanjay, who said he has scaled 39 mountains in such countries as Malaysia, Nepal and Croatia, since he was 15. By then, he had run down his phone battery from using its GPS function. Then it started raining, so he decided to jog his way down the mountain trail. SLIPPERY He said: "The path was slippery, and around 1.30pm, I slipped off the trail and fell down a slope for 10 metres into the woods." He could not find his way back to the trail. "The trail was as good as gone. Everything, the trees, looked similar," said Mr Sanjay. His shorts had also been torn in the fall so he decided to take them off. "There was nobody to see me anyway," he said with a laugh. After two hours of looking for the trail, he gave up and took a nap. "I realised I wasn't going to return that day and needed to get into survival mode. "It is not a difficult trek for someone with experience. But the place is not a popular trekking destination so it was quite isolated." That night, he slept "under some rocks". It was about 18 degrees Celsius, so his graduation gown came in handy. "I slept in a foetal position with my gown as a blanket," he said. For the next two days, he waited at an open clearing, hoping for help - perhaps in the form of a helicopter - to come. He was out of luck. So on Day 4, he decided to climb down the mountain by following a stream. "I climbed through the rocks in the river and walked through terrain if the waterfall got too steep," he said. He drank water from the stream but had no food as he had eaten his biscuits on the summit. HUNGER PANGS "I didn't want to risk eating a poisonous plant," said the vegetarian. "When I got hunger pangs, I drank water. But as long as I kept active, I wouldn't think about it." "I wasn't too scared of death. It's okay to die if I was meant to die. Everything happens for a reason," he said. Battling against thick vegetation and insects, he suffered cuts, rashes and bites on his thighs, calves and arms. "I trekked from 6am to noon until it started raining in the afternoon, and slept from 6pm to 6am because it was dark. "I thought it would take 10 to 15 days to reach the bottom. I kept going because I didn't want my loved ones to cry. "When my cousin passed away two months ago, I saw my parents crying so hard, and I can't imagine how they would cry if it were their own son," he said. Mr Sanjay lives with his father, 64, mother, 60, and two older brothers, aged 29 and 36. After trekking for six days, he finally reached flat ground last Sunday morning. He kept walking for an hour and saw a stationary motorcycle. He waited another hour for the owner to return. The man gave him an unripe banana and took him back to Srae Kan 3 village. There, he was given rice and vegetables to eat, as well as pants to put on. The Cambodian police drove him to a town, Kampong Speu, where his brother, Mr Premnathan Radakrishna, 29, was waiting with members of the Singapore embassy in Cambodia. They flew home on Monday afternoon, and Mr Sanjay visited Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for a check-up. Mr Sanjay admitted: "I didn't have a worst-case scenario planned and thought it would be a simple trek. "I didn't do special preparations because I always stay fit and healthy, running daily and trekking up Bukit Timah weekly." Mr Sanjay, who is on a gap year at NIE, said: "This has made me stronger and believe more in myself and my willpower." On whether he would still climb mountains, Mr Sanjay said: "You don't give up just because you failed once." Family, friends worried after he missed flight Mr Sanjay had left some belongings in the Phnom Penh house of his Cambodian friend, Mr Kelvin Hieng, who studies in Singapore. So when he did not return and missed his flight last Wednesday, his friends got worried. Mr Hieng informed the Singapore Embassy in Cambodia and his other friends, who notified his brother, Mr Premnathan, 29, on Thursday morning. "My family was very worried when we found out, but we were also unsure if he was really missing or still climbing after starting last Tuesday because of the rain," said Mr Premnathan, a director at an F&B vending machine company. But Cambodian police confirmed that Mr Sanjay had started off the day before, June 30. Mr Premnathan said: "My parents were very worried, especially since Sanjay is the youngest son." Mr Premnathan flew to Phnom Penh on Saturday to search for his brother. "The people at the embassy were really helpful, and even got 10 local villagers to search the mountain near the trail on Sunday morning," he said. But by that afternoon, Mr Sanjay had reached flat ground some distance away from the trail, and met his older brother later that day. On whether he would allow his brother to climb mountains again, Mr Premnathan said: "I scolded him when we came back, and let him know that although he is confident, he has to behave responsibly, prepare better and inform us of the details beforehand. "But this is his passion, and I would not stop him." -Asiaone Full article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=319201:lost-for-6-days-on-a-cambodian-mountain-i-kept-going-becos-i-didnt-want-my-parents-to-cry-26-yr-old-spore-trekker&Itemid=4#ixzz37FgATKdM Follow us: @MsiaChronicle on Twitter
  20. SimonTan

    Question: 4 off days for maids

    I know one my off days, I don't go back to office to enjoy air con, or use the free internet or photo printer. How about maids off days? Can they stay at home? I mean if they stay at home, do they have to hide in their room? Or can they walk around, watch TV with kids, eat their cookies, surf on their laptop, etc. Just dirty the house and no need to clean up until the next day? How will one feel when the family is cleaning and arranging the house, while the maid is sitting around and watching the owner clean their own house for once. So if the off days are implemented, must the maid be out of the house? Also if the compulsory Sunday off, does it mean 00:00am till 23:59pm, exactly 24hours or what? Anyone with the answer?
  21. Looks like we gotta go back to good ol days of using leaves. FairPrice says there is no shortage of toilet rolls, tissues and kitchen towels, and that normal delivery has resumed for most stores as of Monday. PHOTOS Shelves at NTUC FairPrice at Buona Vista (Photo: Peter Goh from Facebook) ENLARGE CAPTION SINGAPORE: Shoppers at NTUC FairPrice had a potentially messy situation on their hands last week, when several outlets ran out of toilet rolls, facial tissues and kitchen towels. A few FairPrice customers posted pictures of empty shelves on social media. FairPrice erected signs in affected stores informing shoppers that there was a "temporary shortage" because of a "delivery issue". A spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday (Oct 28) that an internal delivery glitch caused several stores to receive limited and intermittent stock from its distribution centre since the middle of last week. Normal delivery has resumed for most of its stores as of Monday, the spokesperson said. “We would like to assure customers that there is no shortage in the supply of these products,” FairPrice added. "We apologise for any inconvenience caused." - CNA/ek
  22. Incidents of road rage are on the rise in Singapore, with known attacks occurring once every four days last year. Reported cases that resulted in assault rose to 97 last year, up from 84 in 2011 and 63 in 2010. Some of the cases were heard in court in recent months. A businessman was sentenced to one month in jail earlier this month for punching a technician he felt should have given way to him on a street in Jurong East. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/...gapore-20130526
  23. i did guard duty one weekend at night.... kena Gduty already suay, but the location was at one of the famous haunted tower (i think now no more there liao... new camp replaced my old camp).... whole nite dared not close my eyes.....
  24. Terras14

    X-Men Days of Future Past

    hi, i am confused after some thoughtt on this movie i watch last sun. anyone can chip in to explained? the part i cannotmunderstand is when kitty teleport bishop back few days ago to China from moscow to warn the rest of the x men not to go to moscow as going there will result in sentinel attack and killing all of tthem, the story then continues from the temple in china which is the past where they all gather to discuss on sending wolverine back to 1973. however when wolverine is sent back from 2023 to 1973 and when things changed, he wokr up in 2023 in the school amd supposing only himself knows what happen. why is then bishop not waking up in the present day just like wolverine after being teleported back a few days to warn the rest to find everything had changed. for example he may wake up in another country where after he warn the rest not to move from china to moscow, the rest of the xmen moves from china to say japan. this is like inception liao. not to mention we now dun know what happen from 1973 to 2023 since everything has been wiped clean. i wonder did wolverine still gets his metal claws etc or prof x and mangeto now are best of buddy.