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Refusal of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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I’m happy ALS charities are receiving a boost but they aren’t in my top 100 list of charitable causes. I’m all for curing diseases but diseases that take massive amounts of cash -if they will ever be cured at all- fall lower on my charity spectrum than ‘save this kid from dying right now, with far less money’.

My grandfather died of ALS so it’s not as if it’s not a concern nor is it something distant from me. That doesn’t change the fact that there are much more cost effective ways of doing good in the world.

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Yahoo Travel Doesn’t Know From Night Markets

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Deepavali in Singapore

Yesterday Yahoo Travel published an article on “top 10 night markets in the world”. It was clearly written by somebody who has never been to a night market, but that’s not really what bugs me about it. What does bug me is:

1. Yahoo did not get my permission to use my photo.

2. Tekka Centre is not a night market.

3. That is not a picture of Tekka. That’s a picture taken a block away, off Serangoon during Deepavali/Diwali.

meat at Tekka

Also, Tekka Centre smells like it looks, and it doesn’t look like fragrant jasmine.

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Astrology is a lie

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botanic garden gates

I hate astrology. There are few things I hate more. That may seem a bit odd and petty but I mainly hate things that impact my life directly. I mean, I also hate slavery, and hunger and animal abuse but those things don’t pop up at social gatherings and call me “close minded”. In a real sense, I hate things that impact me more than things that don’t. It’s not that I think those things are more important in an overall sense but I’m this clothed hairless-monkey water monster that lives in California. I’m not some theoretical presence. In… Read the rest

Is Singapore miserable? A rebuttal to the BBC

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colorfull shutters in singapore

Today I woke up to read a story about Singapore on The BBC. Charlotte Ashton asks, ‘Does Singapore deserve its ‘miserable’ tag?‘. I didn’t particularly care for it as it mainly consists of a complaint without ever attempting to get at the answer to the author’s question. I disliked it so much that I felt compelled to write the following critique.

Charlotte starts off by describing the lack of misery around her. She, a well off expat who associates with like minded and walleted… Read the rest