Thursday, May 5, 2011

General elections...Singapore style!

If you hoping to see posters, buntings and symbol of political parties hanging from the highest trees in Singapore at the coming general elections at this island republic you are in for a disappointment.
General elections Singapore style is as banal and as sterile as you can get!
No fanfare or bikers zooming dangerously jeopardising lives.
I, and two other friends, were in Singapore last week to see how this republic was preparing for the coming elections. Being from across the cause way I was anticipating pictures of Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Chok Tong or Brigadier Lee Hsien Loong to be pasted all along the streets and roads in Singapore well I, we, didn't see it.
Even if there is a posters, very small ones, if you are driving and if you blink you will miss the small PAP posters, but placed at a strategic junctions. So subliminal and yet almost invisible, but the ruling party's symbols are there.
How I wish our general elections can be conducted in such a way. The recent Sarawak state elections saw many plastic posters, banners, and billboards that would be thrown away after the polls.
The thing that we have to learn from Singapore is to be more friendly to the environment and to pollute less and using less resources non-bio-degradable material, as our way of respecting Mother Earth!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I was crazy enough then, to do it!

The very USS Independence air craft carrier that I was on!

It was a phone call that I was waiting for about two years, a request to go on board a United States aircraft carrier USS Independence.
So we took off from Subang air force base and a Blackhound carrier or so called a flying coffin, a windowless aircraft where we have to sit facing the wrong way.
So we flew over the Andaman Sea where the carrier was moving towards somewhere and we made a landing, phew!!
So after an unsuccessful first harrowing attempt to land on the aircraft carrier we made it the second times. It was quite an experience, but I will never, as a civilian, do it again!

Istana Seri Menanti

Istana Seri Menanti
The old Istana which is now a museum.