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未来の世界 :: 僕の夢.私の夢
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:57 AM
Just out fer Attention.
Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore is the main remaining piece of legislation which criminalises sex between mutually consenting adult men.

Section 377A ("Outrages on decency") states that: Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.

Alright... So the now infamous Gay Couple whose case was recently dismissed, have appointed top lawyers to help with their appeal.

I have nothing against Homosexuals and I have very close friends who are one. So before I start firing away, do note that this is a personal thought specifically targeted about this "Drama".

I do not see why they need to make so much "noise" about their sexual preference. I believe both these 2 macho dudes have served our Army well and looks totally combat ready. Therefore, I must say that they do know the "hidden" core value; do anything you want but do not get caught.

The reason of which baffles me is that just like my Uncle who is a homosexual, has spent his entire life with his Boyfriend till his death and not once have they seen the need to disclose their relationship to the public eye. We are already lucky that now gay couples are accepted in our society and that when we do see 2 guys holding hands, they are more accepted in ways compared to my Uncle's time back in his youth. Moreover, who will know if you had homosexual sex in private? Unless you intend to publicly showcase it, I seriously doubt if the Police will handcuff you away but then again, doesn't that apply to all of us; indecency in public? So my question is why raise the alarm now?

To me, I just feel that the two of them wants attention and wants their community to look upon them as heroes. Changing the law doesn't mean changing the general mindset of people. Its like I will never be able to accept sex between 2 men even if the law permits however that does not hinder my judgement of a person because of that. What you do behind closed doors is your business and in this case, they should just keep it as that. I'm disturbed at their outcry... then again maybe I was influenced too much by my Uncle who was reserved and happy with his relationship; rings but no marriage certificate. Family with no Children but lots of dogs. Contented and Blissful.

So what do you peeps think? Cheers people.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:28 AM

Before I officially start ranting off about what I have to say about the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, do understand that I am not taking sides with either team as I'm a Bulls Fan till my very Last Breath. Over the course of the last decade during the playoffs, other then the Bulls, you either see me supporting the Celtics or the Thunder; KG and KD. As most of my friends will know, I Love LeBron's Basketball Game more then Kobe's; it's a complete package. However, I more then often admit that LeBron does not possess that mentality and determination which Kobe has that wills his Team to a Championship Ring. As of this blogpost, the San Antonio Spurs leads the NBA Final Series 3 - 2. History suggests that the Spurs  will most likely win the Championship and I would agree. I did predict that the Spurs will win it all in 6 Games.

This has been a real entertaining series so far and I am loving every bit of it. What more can you ask for. Game 1 was tightly contested with Spurs winning it at Miami. Wow~ Then LeBron and Co. reminded them whose house they are in with a Blowout win in Game 2. So Spurs was like alright... wait till you're on my homecourt; and BANG!! Game 3 wasn't just a Blowout win for the Spurs, they reminded the Heat who has been the silent contender all these years. Game 4 was a pure Dwayne Wade Show; the ultimate slasher of old, of video games. Then Manu Ginobili started?! I can't even remember when was the last time was that and he had a breakout performance. Not forgetting that Danny Green breaks Ray Allen's record of 23 (of 42) three-pointer [most threes in an NBA Finals] by hitting 25 (of 38) three-pointer; that is a ridiculous 65.79%. No wonder his team-mates are just asking him to launch it.

You may have noticed that I have yet to really mention anything about LeBron's game or how he is a factor of the Miami Heat's wins or losses for that matter. There is enough critics / comments about what he can do, should do and even giving the KING a break because he is still human. I do agree that we do not complain about Kevin Durant or Kobe when they lose by missing that "Clutch" shot. We do complain about Kobe not sharing the ball enough yet we criticize LeBron for "passing" up that "Clutch" shot when you do have to agree that if he is a mere NBA player, that would be the right thing to do. 

My problem with him is that he whines about Referee's calls, I too assume that he doesn't really enjoy the physical play since he shoots more then he drives and doesn't post though it is a definite mis-match when he is at the 4. Unlike Michael Jordan, LeBron shies away from challenges and trash talks without backing it up. I do not doubt LeBron's ability, it is just that I rather he proves it rather then let his tongue wag. LeBron allows too much comments and critics to get into his head though he always deny it. He too is driven by personal stats and glory though he denies it. Michael Jordan and even Kobe Bryant never cared. They only have one goal every season; play towards a Championship and along the journey, be that role model, that voice, that inspiration and that Leader for his team; Dominate and will the team to be the best they can be. Sadly, I've yet to see that from LeBron.

LeBron has to understand that the Miami Heat is now his team and he needs to play and act like the Superstar that he is. Expectations are bound to come especially if your nickname is the "King". Since he embraced this nickname, then he had better start to act like one. It's not like I'm being harsh but most would agree that LeBron is a talented and gifted athlete and a real god sent basketballer after Michael Jordan. Therefore we expect only the best from him just like what we do of Michael Jordan. Anything less would be a crime, a sin. So when is LeBron finally gonna get it and understand that his benchmark is different from everyone else's. I have yet to WITNESS his greatness.

All I have seen throughout the last 3 years is how lethal and deadly the Spurs has been. Gregg Charles Popovich is indeed the best coach after Phil Jackson. The nucleus of Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili and Tim Duncan has been a thorn in the flesh for a lot of teams. They have been boring but a stable and consistent threat all these years. They just lacked that Luck but that changed thus year; A sub-par Lakers team without Kobe, a fast and energetic Warriors team that lacked playoff maturity and an outplayed / overpowered Grizzlies which could have been OKC had Westbrook not gone down. [I still honestly believe that OKC would have given Spurs a run for their money if they had their full roster.] Yes! I am saying that even though the Spurs is an elite NBA team that plays "Team", they couldn't and wouldn't have come this far with such health and rest if not for the Luck they have for this Playoffs.

But then I am not writing them off or anything. As the poster above says it all:
Tony Parker: "When there is talk about the best point guards, sometimes they don't talk about me. But that's not my main motivation, they can talk about Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Chris Paul. I still have the most rings."
Gregg Popovich: "We would have two less championships here if it was not for Manu Ginóbili. In my eyes, he's the stud of the world."
Ben Wallace: "He put his team on his shoulders and carried them to a championship that's what the Great players do."
You can't deny the fact nor how much truth those words say about the Spurs Big Three. Now you add Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal to the mix. This is a very well coached and balanced team.
When the final whistle blows at the end of Game 6. Tim Duncan will finally hold his 5th Championship together with another recognition of how great a point guard Tony Parker is. Manu Ginóbili will go down in history as a Superstar regardless of as a starter or off the bench. Danny Green will be know as the new "Hot Shot" of the NBA. Let's go SPURS!!!

Monday, March 04, 2013 3:09 PM

Traction ( 8 out of 10 )
Translucent Rubber that feels a little stiffer than that from the Kobe 8 "Sulphur". The herringbone pattern at the main areas needed for grip along with the "mamba" pattern at the rest of the areas provided excellent traction similar to that of the Kobe 4 from my testing on an outdoor court. I play the 3 position and often do quick cuts to the rim and fire up shots off the pick during this performance test. I had no problems moving laterally (no slippages) and stopped comfortably without the feeling of my toes "hitting" hard at the front as I pulled up for a jumper as I slashed hard toward the basket. However, the outsole didn't react that while after a while due to the dust and I had to clean them to get it to 100% again.

Cushioning ( 8 out of 10 )
I'm a big fan of the Forefoot: Zoom Air and Heel: Double-stacked Zoom Air configuration. It is my favourite choice due to the comfort and responsiveness of the set-up. I was skeptical of how well the Kobe 8 will fair in this department as it is foam based; Lunarlon to be exact. Nike has been using this foam cushion immensely for the last 2 years and from my experience with it from my running shoes, I would say that it breaks in faster than the foams used by the other brands and is comfortable. However, just like any other foams, it does not give me that immediate response, that immediate bounce to transit to my next move like the Zoom Air does. This is felt throughout the whole experience I had with the Kobe 8 EXT "YOS" on the court. It is the most comfortable pair even in comparison to the Kobe 4 which I still regard is the best low-cut basketball shoe of All-Time. But this comes with a slight loss in responsiveness especially for slashers like myself; it didn't have that "propelling" feel which I felt in the KD V. Nevertheless, the full length Lunarlon (removable) is definitely a notch above the rest since the Kobe 4 days. Moreover, you could use this foam in your other Kicks and create some "crazy mod" to another pair of kicks.

Material ( 9 out of 10 )
Black Leather with Laser-etched snake print design instead of the Engineered mesh. The Kobe 8 EXT "YOS" feels like good ol' leather basketball shoes from the 90's. I totally enjoyed it and after a couple of games, the leather broke in and I was able to lace my shoes even tighter giving it a real good fit and high maneuverability. My only complaint is the waxed shiny laces which couldn't hold its knot even after I double-knotted it. Would recommend changing the laces to the sport laces for that feet lockdown. I totally enjoyed playing in this Nike Sportswear not recommended for performance usage.

Fit ( 8.5 out of 10 )
The shoe fits true to size and I would not recommend buying even half size bigger unless you have wide feet. They are comfortable and feel more like a running shoe more than a basketball shoe as it doesn’t has that snug bootie feel that we have come to take from granted from Nike. That said, I would say that the fit is... "AWESOME!!" As mentioned earlier, after the break in, and lacing it up tighter, the shoe had a lockdown effect. The only downside was that the Lunarlon insole is a little slippery and on this particular test, I experience a little feeling of slippage at the start before the break in of the leather. I would recommend a pair of more "grippy" socks when you play in the Kobe 8 in general.

Ventilation ( 2 out of 10 )
Definitely not the best ventilated shoe available in the market now but nothing much to complain about since this is supposed to be a Nike Sportswear shoe. The only vents to let the heat out are from the holes on the tongue of the shoe. This is also when you appreciate the tongue not being all thick and all as it allows more breathability and the ability to "bring" the upper together as you lace it up tight. Side note: I really do not understand why some ballers are so intent that the tongue being thick and "cushy". We are basketballers not skate-boarders. Why do you need thick cushioned tongues for the shoes?

Support [low-cut] ( 9 out of 10 )
I am giving it a 9 in terms of support based from a low-cut shoe. This does not mean that it provides better support then mid-cut or high-cut shoes. The Kobe 8 EXT "YOS" blew me away with the support it gave. It reminded me so much of the Kobe 4; Outstanding fit!!. The heel clip works once again and the glass based Carbon Fiber shank for torsional rigidity and support gave the shoe a stable ride regardless of how I pivoted and slashed. These have to be the best Kobe on court since the Kobe 4 in terms of support. It felt like I could do anything without the fear of twisting my ankle.

Conclusion ( 7.42 out of 10 )
The crazy thing about the Kobe 8 EXT "YOS" is that it is being labeled "not a performance shoe." After rocking them on the court, I totally disagree. The fit and lockdown is incredible: it feels like a just like a pair of light running shoes with full stability. The traction was great just that it needs to be wiped from time to time as I play outdoors. The leather upper not only looked so stylish and stealth but it works and is more than mere aesthetics. The Cushioning could have been slightly better in terms of responsiveness but I'm happy enough with the full-length Lunarlon. Landing from going to the rim or grabbing rebounds were all well cushioned... actually the best from the Kobe Line so far. Ventilation is the only downside but do I wouldn't really care since this is the best low-cut Kobe to date since the Kobe 4.

Finally a pair of low-cuts, a pair of Kobe's to yearn and salivate for. A must have for both on and off the court.

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Please go to Nightwing's website for a review on the Nike Kobe 8 System Performance Shoe.

I wanna say a Big THANK YOU to Nightwing for doing all the performance reviews and being an inspiration in many ways.
Thursday, December 01, 2011 5:44 PM

I've long knew the math but didnt know how to put it in words.
CREDITS TO for such a clear explanation.

The Coveted 13th Month 'Bonus' In Singapore

There is only 12 months in a year. When you get paid a '13th month' of wages, you will feel delighted, no? No. Why do you think footballers in the English Premier League are paid weekly?

Ponder over these points.

Unless you are on commission or special bonus wage schemes, chances are you are paid a fixed amount of money monthly in Singapore.

Is there a possibility you get paid $10/hour on some days and $12/hour on some days in your course of work over the year? Of course not. You get paid the same rate year in year out, until you get a raise. If that's the case,

"Why are you paid the some amount of money in January and February?"

If you still don't get it. There are 31 days in January and there are 28 (normally) days in February. The question now - are you overpaid for February or underpaid in January? You choose what you want to believe in.

To me, February is the only month you get paid correctly in the whole year in Singapore. Employers in Singapore will never overpay you in February. Fat hope and you know it. There are four weeks in a month and we get paid for 28 days in a month. that's it. Straightforward.

In short we are underpaid in every other month other than February.

January - 3 days
March - 3 days
April - 2 days
May - 3 days
June - 2 days
July - 3 days
August - 3 days
September - 2 days
October - 3 days
November - 2 days
December - 3 days

3 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 = 29 days.

The shorter way to calculate this would be:

1 month 4 weeks.
You get paid 12 times a year = 12 x 4 = 48 weeks.
There are 52 weeks in a year. 52 - 48 = 4 weeks unpaid

The fact is that Singapore employers hold 29 days of your pay over the year and could refuse to pay you your rightful money if you did not 'perform'. Even if they do it, that meant many employees in Singapore did not get any bonuses from their companies at all. The 13th month is your pay. It is Not a bonus!

In reality, if they pay us back the '13th month bonus', they employer still owe us 1 day's wages (29 - 28) and get away with it year after year, decade after decade. If you leave the company before the year is up your '13th month bonus' is forfeited instead of pro-rated. That's robbery.

This is ridiculous. The manpower laws in Singapore are not stopping the businesses against such unfair practices and the NTUC is not doing their job fighting for the rights of workers.

The next time you receive your "13th month bonus", ask yourself why are you feeling so happy getting back what you deserve in the first place?
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