Sad to receive news about terrorist leader suspect, Mas Selamat Kastari, of the Islamist militant group Jemiaah Islamiah had broken out of jail in Singapore. He had been detained since 2006 after extradition from Indonesia detention in 2003 for allegedly plotting attacks on official buildings and ‘foreign targets’ as well as the Changi Airport.

This was why Singaporeans are not allowed to post sites of buildings on blogs but then the official medium were allowed.

I wonder what is becoming of the tight security here. Are the young becoming more complacent or, incompetent in their jobs or, that the suspect broke jail with help from within and from foreign experts!? If a prisoner could escape from a jail, one wonders what next?

It will be interesting to find out how he escaped from jail though. This certainly gives the terrorist groups a sense of triumph!

Shortly after announcing Singapore to host the 1st Youth Olympics Games in 2010, this happened. Was there a concerted effort to undermine her security?

Whatever, this is certainly a good reminder that Singapore cannot afford to lax or be complacent on any account.

Lately Singapore has been praised highly on the news — has this become eyesore?

I recall when young, there was a joke about Singapore been a ‘fine’ city when the leaders would not give interviews to the press. If they did, they offered a few words and not willing to say more. Obviously the leaders were wise to keep mum on her internal affairs in the process of building the nation from scratch and during the turbulent period in this part of the world.


Ah! Footprints on sand

joy and hope

after trekking the unknown all day!




How do I reduce the size of my picture: 224 kB to (?)

where I could post this full size on the page?



image from bbc.com

I’m learning to upload pictures:

strange, I can’t upload pictures from my album

but no problem to uploading that from the internet.


It appears many great artists and writers like Charles Dickens suffered insomnia in the past. They painted and wrote some of their greatest works when they were not able to sleep in the night.

Unlike today, insomnia is treated as illness or something negative and fretful…

So do those who work best at night and are late risers in the morning fall in the same catergory?


During my morning walks, I casually had a conversation with a lady walking her dog. She revealed she was in the process of getting divorce.

Is there a bug going around? Lately, I’d been hearing divorces and separations.

This case was 11 years marriage between a Japanese and an Indian. He was a much older man; and no children.

Is this marriage out of convenience? Instead of hiring a maid, this man married one to take care of him and his household? Will he honor his alimony since they are from different countries?


What on earth was Steven Spielberg thinking when he decided to boycott being artistic director of the Olympic Games to be held in Beijing! Why now?

Is this a political ruse or a stunt? Or sheer pettiness thinking he is more superior? Or is he afraid he is not able to succeed in producing a stunning show?

What has the situation in Sudan got to do with the Olympics Games? Politics? Sports? Huh?! What do these have in common? 

No doubt China may be the biggest trading partner but… Olympic Games? I thought sports was neutral!

Well, well, well, are you one of those movie buffs who watch movies produced from different countries in the world? Or only those produced by the Americans?

The truth is those movie or tv drama productions produced by the west especially the US cannot match those produced by rest of the world. Americans are good at marketing their products. There is much froth…crass! There lacks depth in content…acting skills???…

The blog ‘stuff white people like’ merely refers to those in the West perhaps referring to US, and not those in the Middle East or Europe.


Today, everything is tagged to dollars and cents.

How much is your blog worth?

Blogging to make money? Or making money is the by-the-way?

What instrument used to measure the value of the blog? By the number of comments received? Number of postings per blog site? Flow of traffic? Country you live in? By profile? Variables? Biases?

What makes a blog worth reading? I was amazed where this blog received high traffic flow within 2 months of writing — stuff white people like! Catchy title and content, stuff one takes for granted and read daily.  Whoever this person or persons: brilliant!


I once daydream about starting a bed-cum-breakfast garden lodging situated near a beach-cum-rocky coastline. A home away from home for a traveler, both young and old.

Recently in my travels, I came across this place that I’m really interested to fulfilling my dream. 

#10 upload pictures

I’m still trying to organise my blog site but…

I don’t seem to know how to post a picture on this page. I believe I’ve to optimise my photos but…

Dumb huh?