Saturday, December 25, 2010

A-level notes

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H2 Bio excluding SCID
H2 Econs
H2 Math
H3 Chemistry (memory parts only)
H3 Economics

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Moving to facebook

If you don't know already... i'll use the notes function on facebook to make future postings... so add me and goodbye to this blog!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The world's oldest profession

Letter in Economist - Mike Gallagher

Given that some countries have already nationalized the world's second-oldest profession (banking), why not nationalize the oldest? ... Governments could use the huge revenues that prostitution generates to bail out even more banks... As well as being the world's oldest profession, perhaps prostitution is the most honest, given the recent shenanigans by all those involved in the credit crunch. We are all civil servants now.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Malaysia, truly asia

Malaysian Parliment

Paid to argue while everything productive is at a standstill.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Science and Anti science in RI

Welcome to... the raffles institution science hub.

Enchanting, enthusing, expensive painting.

Did you spot the errors? Try again :)

These should be changed by now, thankfully.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Shopping malls not in God's purpose

Article below

Why is new creation church now getting into the business of running shopping malls? Their excuse is that they have too much money doing nothing in the bank...

This is a pretty ridiculous affair. God did not set up churches to raise capital and run investments... the church exists as a channel for god's love to reach out to more and more people. Riches on earth don't last - why can't new creation church get this right? This smacks of the sin of greed and serves only to distract from god. Even from a non-religious point of view - you would expect churches to be furthering the values of core humanity, not that of profit.

And this is not the only manifestation: Some pastors are paid more than necessary to sustain a comfortable life - unconsciously justified by some by the 'personality cults' that are a direct product of the the Pentecostal or the Charismatic movement. I tend to agree with the quintessence of these traditions - direct personal experience of God and so on - but not the way Christianity is being marketed and steeped in the ways of the world.

If new creation has too much money "doing nothing" in the bank, it would be prudent to make that money "do something" - local charitable outreaches, overseas missions, and so on. Something in line with God's purpose, not building shopping malls.

*I've yet to see such pastors though - just heard of them

Fr. today's straits times:

Come 2011, a futuristic-looking lifestyle hub with a 5,000-seat theatre, restaurants, shops, chill-out wine bars and even dance clubs will emerge in Buona Vista.

Property giant CapitaLand and a church-linked business company, Rock Productions, announced yesterday that they will jointly develop an integrated complex in Singapore’s one-north science hub at a cost of $660 million.

CapitaLand’s share of the proposed development, including the ownership of about 1,000 carpark lots, will be about $380 million.

Rock Productions - the business arm of the 16,000- strong New Creation Church - will invest $280 million.

The complex, which will be connected directly to the Buona Vista MRT station, will be sited within the 17ha Vista Xchange, the business service centre as well as lifestyle and cultural hub of one-north.

Designed by Mr Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Hong Kong, it will have eight levels of civic and cultural space, and four levels of retail and entertainment space.

The project came about after JTC Corporation last Friday awarded Rock Productions the tender to build, lease and operate an integrated civic, cultural, retail and entertainment hub at Vista Xchange on a 60-year lease at a land price of $189 million.

Rock Productions had spoken to a few partners and decided on CapitaLand, which entered into an agreement through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary One Trustee to acquire the hub’s retail and entertainment zone, which has a gross floor area of more than 24,000 sq m.

CapitaLand Retail will also manage the entire development of the integrated hub.

It is proposing an open concept for the retail and entertainment zone, which will be spread over two floors above the ground and two basement levels. The basement levels will house chic tenants that will include restaurants, cafes, thematic dance clubs, a concept food hall and a gourmet supermarket.

CapitaLand Retail chief executive officer Pua Seck Guan said the zone presents a unique opportunity for CapitaLand to extend its presence to the Buona Vista area.

The zone will cater to the affluent crowd from the nearby Bukit Timah, Holland and Rochester Park areas, as well as the visitor catchments from the one-north communities, surrounding estates and tertiary institutions, he said.

Rock Productions will own and manage the hub’s civic and cultural zone, which has a gross floor area of 30,000 sq m. This zone will have a 5,000-seat state-of-the-art theatre designed by world renowed performing arts facility design consultants Artec Consultants and Bromberg.

Among Artec’s best-known projects are the Lucerne Culture Centre in Switzerland and the concert hall and opera theatre at the Esplanade here.

Rock Productions has engaged IMG Artists, a global performing arts management company, to work on the marketing and programming efforts for the zone.

A major tenant has already been secured.

New Creation Church, which now holds its services at The Rock Auditorium at Suntec City, will be the anchor tenant of the theatre, using the space on a large part of Sundays and one mid-week night, said Rock Productions director Matthew Kang.

Rock Productions also owns and manages The Rock Auditorium and Marine Cove, the recreational and dining establishment at East Coast Park.