Monday, 30 March 2015

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Lee Kuan Yew (16 Sep 1923 - 23 Mar 2015) - The Man And His Ideas

This post is dedicated to memories of  Lee Kuan Yew.
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In this 1967 video (26 minutes), Lee Kuan Yew answers questions from the press on the Vietnam War.

Lee Kuan Yew meets the foreign press in this 1984 video just before election.

He talks about his son entering politics, his views on the future economy of Singapore.
He also talks about financial measures and Total Defence.

Part 1 is 51 minutes

Part 2 is 5 minutes

In this 2007 video, Lee Kuan Yew answers questions from the INSEAD Leadership Summit.
34 minutes.

Q and A with Lee Kuan Yew in this 2009 video - Lee Kuan Yew School Of  Public Policy  - 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been known as a firm, tough fighter. But, being mortal, he has his emotional moments as well. This tribute video compiled some of his lighter moments in his 50 years of political career.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Joke - Missing Letter "R"

Missing Letter "R"

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned 
to helping the other monks in copying the old canons 
and laws of the church, by hand.
He notices, however, that all of the monks are 
copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. 
So, the new monk goes to the Old Abbot to question 
this, pointing out that if someone made even a small 
error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! 
In fact, that error would be continued in all of 
the subsequent copies.
The head monk, says, "We have been copying 
from the copies for centuries, but you make a 
good point, my son."
He goes down into the dark caves 
underneath the monastery where the original 
manuscripts are held as archives, 
in a locked vault that hasn't 
been opened for hundreds of years. 
Hours go by and nobody sees the Old Abbot.
So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. 
He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing. 

"We missed the R! We missed the R!
We missed the bloody R!" 
His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. 
The young monk asks the old Abbot, "What's wrong, father?" 

With a choking voice, the old Abbot replies,

"The word was ....


Monday, 9 March 2015

Singapore Chingay 2015

This National Event is also the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. From the main parade site to the heartlands, this street extravaganza epitomises the dynamism of Singapore's vibrant and multicultural society.

The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi (妆艺), which means "the art of costume and masquerade" in the Hokkien dialect.

The First Formal Chingay Parade in Singapore was mooted by the then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who was also the chairman of the People's Association (PA). Chingay, with all its noise and gaiety, would compensate for the ban on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits.

For its first street parade on 4 February 1973, the PA teamed up with the Singapore National Pugilistic Federation for a grand show in the Year of the Ox, depicting aspects of Chinese culture – dragon and lion dances, martial arts and street opera.

So well received was the first Chingay Parade that the PA made it an annual festival. It celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012.

Chingay took on a multicultural flavour from 1976.

Today, Chingay has become a uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year tradition, held during the first weekend of the Lunar New Year. This yearly street parade is now a national festival, celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike.

In 1987, Chingay featured its first foreign group when the city's main English newspaper, The Straits Times, sponsored four pop singers from Tokyo. Since then, this signature event had extended invitations to international artistes and troupes.

Indeed, for the scores of spectators, the Chingay Parade could well be a treasured glimpse into the different cultures of Singapore and the world. Here age, race, language and creed are no barriers. Here, we celebrate together as one.