I was often excited when the government declares some fantastic technology to be introduced to Singapore, but since the 2000s, many of these promises seemed to be badly implemented and failed as a result.
With many countries already building an electric vehicle infrastructure, selling electric cars, Singapore seemed to be slow to move but has now declared that electric vehicles would be ok and in fact — encouraged.
I am a big fan of electric vehicles. Zero-emission, less noise, and sounds would be a big plus, not to mention, great acceleration and possibly a lower cost to operate. …
One thing for sure, 2020 is a memorable year for me. The pandemic has changed many things, but it also gave me a lot of time to reflect on my goals. There was a lot of time to focus on “self” without much distraction.
I had a lot of thoughts on how the pandemic would pan out. Initially, if it was a global pandemic, it might become a reset where we can change the things we do. We could create less waste, grow local, eat local, and be more appreciative of nature. …
I’ve noticed a few big trends coming on, and after talking to my other friends in the marketing and advertising industry, I’ve encountered some new trends which will definitely continue in 2021.
As you know, the pandemic caused many companies to rethink their business strategies. This has also accelerated the growth of their digital strategies, and companies are trying to find new ways to get noticed online.
If you are not very familiar with digital marketing, let me introduce the 2 terms to you.
CTV — Connected TV
2020 is a strange year. It is December and this is my first movie experience this year. In Singapore, cinemas are allowed to screen with 50% capacity and you have to wear a mask in the cinema. Furthermore, you need to use “TraceTogether” to get into the cinema.
For me, this is the biggest barrier. I’ve tried using the app. My old phone battery gets drained, and it will end before the movie ends. When I open any other app, the aggressive OS on the phone will close the TraceTogether app, and it will simply crash.
I’ve tried it several times, till now, it fails to convince me to use it. But for Wonder Woman 1984, I’ll give it a try. …
Every 2 years, you need to do an inspection on the classic vehicle. They will check that the license plates are secured, and the bike looks the same.
You pay about $30 for the inspection so that you can renew the insurance, which is now at $23.50 after rebates, and the $280 road tax.
Maintaining a vintage motorcycle is not that bad. …
It is easy for Singaporeans to laugh at Americans for having no knowledge about Singapore. But the same goes for the other way.
For this election, I’m back in Singapore, observing FB posts, local news, and chatting with random people who seem to be interested in the topic. Here are some observations.
By end December, checking in with the TraceTogether app or token will be mandatory. However, before the 2020 election, Dr Balakrishnan said “When you’re controlling a pandemic like this, there are many aspects of it you cannot legislate. You can have rules, you can pass laws, you can enforce it. The majority will comply with both the spirit and the letter of the law. And unfortunately, a minority sometimes will try to find loopholes.”
“I’m going to do my best to try to push the participation rates up without having to go down the mandatory route.”
So what happened? Is this because they won the election? …
PCR stands for Polymerase chain reaction
If you are planning to travel, please know this term — PCR Test.
In April, my mom had a cough and went to the GP and was immediately sent to the hospital as her temperature was 37 degrees Celcius. As I brought her to the polyclinic, I was to be tested as well.
The test involves inserting a long cotton swab into your nose until you feel it at the back of your throat, then they pull it out and insert another swab into your other nostril as if they were not connected in any way. …