Archive for August, 2010

Casino

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2010 by crystalake

The Casino operates in such a way that you are bound to lose unless you are smart enough to know how to gamble knowing the correct strategies & techniques of playing it . It is not an easy tasks but there are information out there teaching you how to play it .

 Which is the biggest casino – RWS, MBS, SGX or S’pore Pools?

SGX which is introducing dark pools and high frequency trading. Singapore pools which is always adding new types of bets including F1 etc. Whatever it is these casinos are just great for economic growth. Along with sister industries of money lending, pawn shops, etc. this is the industry the govt has picked to lead us to into the next decade and beyond.

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Ever absent, ever near

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2010 by crystalake

My first foray into skincare and makeup was when my aunt passed away, and left a huge amount of stuff. She was separated with no kids, so I was left with all these things which I had no idea what to do with them. It was the Christian Dior Poison that left a lasting memory as the scent was so sweet, and reminds me of her. I am still keeping the bottle, which is quite pretty. There is also a Chanel wallet which I am still using, somehow it still looks as good as new. I am surprised. Missing her… Will update with more on this later. More pics up too.

As the saying goes, to die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment.

Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together?  I guess that wouldn’t work.  Someone would leave.  Someone always leaves.  Then we would have to say good-bye.  I hate good-byes.  I know what I need.  I need more hellos.

What do you think of getting old?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2010 by crystalake
 

Well the first question is how to stop aging and live forever. No matter how good you are you will age, sick and die one day. It is a losing battle against gravity. Even that famous crystalake in the west is also getting the pollution and not clear anymore…..    

When you are young you are very handsome and once you are old you are like an old machine, not only the external but internally is like having rusty part and can never be replaced. Old is boring and you will know your time have come and you can estimate you might have a few more decades to go. Once a person reach 80 years old everything in the body break down.

【日本奇女子-大平光代個人專書:活下去】

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2010 by crystalake

【日本奇女子-大平光代個人專書:活下去】

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引言:這是個奮發向上的故事,講述作者本人從小到大的親身經歷,藉此希望所有人都能勇敢站起來,好好活下去並做些有意義的事。 ——————————————————————————–

她在十四歲時試圖切腹,自殺獲救後卻向下沉淪。十六歲時當上黑道的角頭夫人,在暗黑世界裡生活了六年。二十二歲時在酒廊上班,卻遇見改變她一生的恩人。 二十九歲時通過日本的司法特考,現在三十四歲,是專門處理少年事件的女律師……。 同學欺辱老師冷漠相待 最近走進日本書店,常看見一本書被放在入口的顯眼位置,甚至窗玻璃上都貼滿這本書的海報,書名很簡單——《活下去》,作者大平光代是她父母年近不惑才產下的獨生女,從小備受寵愛, 雖然父母都在上班,卻有個慈祥的祖母天天等她放學。初一時光代轉學到離家較遠的學區,以便和祖母同住。 太平日子沒多久,某天她竟不小心得罪班上混不良的「大姊大」,從此全班沒有人敢和光代講一句話,她陷入完全孤獨的處境。不僅如此,班上同學開始在人前人後罵她,在課桌上刻污辱她的言語,甚至趁她離開教室時將她的學用品扔進垃圾桶……。 有一天光代上廁所時,突然一盆冷水由天而降,她渾身哆嗦打開門,等在外面的卻是一群圍著她叫罵「溼老鼠」的同學……。光代受盡同學欺凌卻不敢報告冷峻的導師,也不敢告訴父母,怕的是遭到同學更惡劣的報復。 她開始稱病不肯上學,直到母親再三逼問,她才不得已道出實情。激動的光代父親翌日立即向老師和校長抗議,三天後導師來電告知光代一切都解決了,請她安心上學。光代依言在次日進入導師辦公室,卻見到那個「大姊大」同學冷冰冰的站在導師身旁,等著和她握手「言和」。 光代永遠記得當時她握到的那隻濕黏的手,和導師一副無所謂的表情……。結果當然一切都沒有解決,光代進了教室,繼續當全班的眼中釘和階下犬。 升上初二重新分班,光代好不容易才擺脫「大姊大」,也交到兩三名好友,她以為自己終於苦盡甘來了。第二學期伊始,光代突然在放學後被一群同學留下來「批鬥」,人群中有三個冷笑的身影,竟然是光代自以為交到的知心好友! 自殺不成走上黑暗之路 光代在同學喊「去死!」的叫聲中奔逃回家,想到她的人生真是到達絕境了!光代刺破手指,用鮮血寫下遺書,記入所有傷害她的同學姓名,擺進抽屜,便出門攔了一輛計程車坐到偏遠的河岸,在草叢中掏出水果刀,朝自己腹部刺去。她以為最激烈的手段是切腹,卻不知方法,連著自刺五刀,已經鮮血橫流卻意識猶在。光代不覺恐懼,微弱的呼喊救命,直到一對男女由橋上經過,才慌忙叫救護車送她去醫院。 光代撿回一命,在治療過程中卻嚐極大痛苦,她覺悟自殺實在太不值得了,不但沒有達到報復他人的目的,反而全報復到自己身上呢!身體復原後,光代又接到一個可怕的消息,原來她父母和學校交涉的結果,竟是要她回到同一個班,再面對同樣的老師同學……。光代反抗無用,更得不到師友同情,還被當嘲笑把炳。 她開始逃學,在街上遊蕩,出入青少年娛樂場所,結果認識了一群同是逃家,卻靠剽竊、勒索和飆車度日的不良少年男女。他們教光代抽煙,吸強力膠,出入男女亂交場所……,光代只要有人對她親切,便不顧一切豁出去了。偶而返家要錢,光代竟對母親拳打腳踢,搗毀家具, 母親只是躲在角落哭泣,既不敢還手也不叱罵……。 到了十六歲時,光代竟然當上日本稱為「暴力團」的某黑道組織的老大夫人。雖然是「大姐級」,那些四五十歲的黑道幹部哪肯把十六歲的光代放在眼裡。光代為了爭取認同,竟忍受極大的痛楚讓人在背上刺入大片刺青,成為永遠的烙印 。 碰上貴人激起上進心 光代的婚姻只維持六年,離婚後她仍輾轉風塵,直到有一天她上班的酒廊了一位客人,仔細一看竟是童年時常抱她在膝上玩的父親好友。雖然光代躲躲藏藏,這位大平先生仍然一眼認出濃妝豔抹的她,臨走前並約她一定要找機會談談。 光代不情願的赴約,聽的就是大平先生講的人生道理,她既不耐又口出不遜,大平先生卻不放棄,依舊每周約光代懇談,直到光代逐漸回心轉意,最後她離開風塵,決定重新做人。光代的學歷只有初中畢業,求職四處碰壁,當她心灰意冷時,大平先生鼓勵她何不考個資格,光代半信半疑開始讀書,參加補習班。 然而她的基礎太差,許多漢字都得由字典查起,可說事倍功半。但是在大平先生安慰下,光代一鼓做氣,竟然在三年內通過不動產仲介士考試,並考上代書資格。光代並不以此為滿足,雖然父母原諒了她,但是她無法忘記當年不把她當人看的同學。 大平先生告訴她,爬到人生的頂峰就是對那些人最好的報復,結果光代立志參加司法官和律師考合一的「司法試驗」。當時她只是不知,原來司法試驗是全日本最難的考試。日本的司法試驗雖然沒有限定學歷,但如果不是在大學修滿相關學分,得先參加一個「檢定考」。光代為了免除檢定考,唯有參加大學的通信教育課程,但是她又沒有高中學歷,只能拼命惡補,由基礎英語和數學唸起,最後終於取得通信課程入學資格。其後光代更發奮圖強,在兩年內修滿必要學分, 好不容易才到達司法試驗的「入口」。 就在光代的人生漸上軌道時,突然傳來她父親得末期癌症的消息。光代驚痛之餘,更決心要在父親餘生考上律師執照,以報親恩。她除了睡覺時間外全部用來唸書,就是做家事時也戴耳機,背誦自己朗讀教科書的錄音帶。這是一段冗長痛苦的日子,但是最光代締造了奇蹟,她在半年內連過三關,通過司法試驗的一般考、論文考和最終口試,時年二十九歲,不久光代的父親也含笑而逝。 考上律師回饋少年犯 兩年的受訓期間結束後,光代在三十一歲正式取得日本律師資格,她以協助不良少年為職志,不但擔任少年犯辯護,還作家庭調查和出院更生。雖然日本少年犯的再犯率很高,但是光代認為她只要救了十人中一個人,便達到目的了。光代不以自己的過去做為向不良少年的「口頭示範」,她認為唯有在少年下定決心重新起步時,才是她說出自己故事的最佳時機。 日本讀賣電視台曾為大平光代做過一個專輯, 最後光代背對鏡頭,毅然亮出大片刺青……。記者問她為何不削去刺青,她卻說這是一生背負的十字架,不想塗掉自己的過去,也才能隨時警惕自己對他人伸出援手。

大平光代最喜歡的一段話,是日後成為她養父的大平先生送的:

現在就是出發點。 人生是每天不斷的歷練。 人生是一場自我歷練,也是不計失敗的歷練…… 我的將來就從現在開始。 從此刻開始努力,不斷的努力……。

Local businessman loses $26m at RWS casino over 3 days

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 by crystalake

Local businessman loses $26m at RWS casino over 3 days
05:55 AM Aug 18, 2010
by Conrad Raj
Today Exclusive

SINGAPORE – In what is said to be one of the biggest losses yet at a Singapore casino, a local businessman lost $26.3 million over three days of gambling in June. This included a staggering $18 million that he burned in one day alone, playing baccarat – a card game – at $400,000 a hand.

According to documents that Today has obtained, the businessman’s tale of woe began in March, just weeks after Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) opened, when he was granted a credit line of $500,000 by the casino.

The Singaporean, who is consulting a top local law firm about possible legal action against the casino, claimed that the casino at no time performed any background checks on his credit-worthiness or his financial capacity. He had simply filled in an application form, deposited $100,000 and handed over a signed blank cheque, he claimed.

Subsequently, in April, the casino increased his credit line to $2 million, he told his lawyers. In his 50s, the businessman is a managing director of a multi-million-dollar company.

Over the weeks, he reportedly won or lost several hundred thousand dollars each time he visited the casino, with his losses running as high as $6 million in the course of a single session. To draw on his credit line, he said, he signed a form and was given the requisite amount of chips.

In early June, he made his biggest loss of $18 million yet in one session. Two days later, he went back to the casino and recouped some $3.7 million – but then two days after, he lost a further $11 million.

At one point during this third session when his losses crossed the $4-million mark, so the businessman claimed, his girlfriend started crying and pleaded with one of RWS’ senior officers to stop providing him with more chips on credit.

The same officer, he claimed, had repeatedly assured him over the course of the gambling sessions that the casino was prepared to extend him further credit, even though his limit had long since been exceeded.

Of his $26.3 million loss, the businessman repaid $10 million almost immediately.

The businessman claims to have then met with RWS chief executive Tan Yee Teck, who offered him a “rolling figure” – which amounts to a discount – of $3.3 million.

According to the legal documents, dated July 22, the gambler owed RWS some $13 million at that point in time. It is unknown if the debt has since been settled.

When contacted, an RWS spokesperson said the group does not comment on its customers.

The businessman’s lawyers have advised him to explore if an amicable resolution can be reached with the casino. But they also think he may have a case of negligence, breach of contract or breach of statutory duty against the casino.

Under the Casino Control (Credit) Regulations, an operator who enters into a credit agreement with a patron should, apart from specifying a credit limit, develop and implement criteria to assess the patron’s creditworthiness. The operator must also have approval procedures for any increase in the credit limit.

In the lawyers’ view, by substantially exceeding their client’s earlier limits – by more than 60 times the original limit of $500,000, and 15 times the April limit of $2 million within a few hours to enable him to continue gambling “RWS had encouraged irresponsible gambling and had breached the duty of care owed to” the businessman.

RWS’ conduct of continuing to pile on credit effectively rendered the concept of a credit limit meaningless, the lawyers argued. This was more so as the person in question was not in the proper frame of mind to decide on the increases, they said.

In other countries, there have been several instances of patrons suing casinos for their losses, cases which the courts have dismissed. Courts in other jurisdictions have noted among other things, that the casino was not bound to protect a gambler from his desire to wager his wealth.

Despite this, the Senior Counsel from the local law firm recommended writing to RWS. “In the letter, the issues concerning RWS’ failure to promote responsible gambling … can be raised. Hopefully, this may encourage RWS to offer a haircut that would be acceptable to you …” he wrote.

Genting Singapore’s turned in a sterling net profit of $397 million for the quarter ended June 30, compared to a loss of $50.7 million a year ago. Revenues rose to $979 million from $120 million a year ago.

According to DMG Research, at the current rate, Singapore is already the second largest casino market in Asia after Macau, and could overtake the Las Vegas strip as the second largest casino market in the world after Macau in the next two to three years. The firm estimates that the two casinos here rake in over $16 million a day.

Giveaway time! if anyone can guess this singer, email me!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 by crystalake

如果早知你對我不是真意
我也就不會這樣輕易的愛上你

如果真有情為什麼悄然遠離去
事到如今只有自己怪自己

但是又何奈偏偏我還想念你
但是又何奈誰叫我喜歡你
但是又何奈只有把這一份情
悄悄收拾起深深埋在我心底

More men in lower income and women in higher income groups unmarried

Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 by crystalake

Go on a date and get RM1,166

Four out of 10 Singaporeans who took the plunge last year married foreigners, creating an emerging trend of cross-frontier matrimony as local women continue to dodge Cupid’s arrows.

WHEN the tight-fisted government gives away anything resembling free money, people here sit up. Such things rarely happen.

In an effort to encourage 75,000 singles to wed, it is subsidising 90% of their dating costs worth some S$500 (RM1,166) each.

The state’s matchmakers, who began operation in 1984, are doing this for a crucial objective – to raise matrimonial rates.

At the same time, a government campaign will be launched to get singles between 20 and 35 years to actively expand their social circle to find life partners, even using a dating agency.

This follows revelation that a disturbingly high proportion of young men and women in Singapore are staying out of wedlock.

An official Population in Brief 2010 report showed that significantly more Singaporeans were shunning marriage last year compared with a decade ago.

The proportion of men aged 30-34 who are single has reached a shocking 41.9%, and that of women 29.8%, it showed.

The highest unwed rates are among men with below secondary education and women with university degrees. Both groups are turning more to foreigners.

A warning that this would happen was sounded by Minister Lee Kuan Yew two decades ago. He attributed the cause to a traditional reluctance of Singaporean men to marry women who are better educated.

Although lower than men, the rate of women marrying non-citizens has also risen. Some 90% of these foreign brides are Asian, but non-citizen grooms come from both East and West.

There are, of course, other reasons for the rising cross-frontier matrimony, including an opening Sing­apore.

Since going global, more of Cupid’s arrows seem to be hitting non-citizens.

Four out of 10 Singaporeans who took the plunge last year married foreigners – 78% being men taking overseas brides, according to official statistics. They overwhelmed the proportion of women-folk who chose foreign partners.

Romance is also following the footsteps of demographic changes.

The official statistics showed that the rate of Singaporeans marrying foreigners has risen from 30% ten years ago to 40.8% in 2009.

There are, however, other reasons for people here shunning or delaying matrimony, such as economic, housing as well as work and living stress.

Singaporeans have ex­­pressed shock to learn that 42% of men (and 30% of women) aged 30-34 are unmarried, which augurs ill for the future.

Some fear the day will soon come when a third of the population will have no spouse.

This could have a tremendous impact on society, including a decline of the family as an institution, upon which the stability of the country depends.

“Who will look after these people when they become old or sick?” asked a letter writer.

Unable to find a local spouse, more upper middle-age men are turning to Vietnam, China and Thailand – in addition to traditional Malaysia – to find wives.

The practice has become so entrenched that it drove a local lady to appeal to the government to “please help us keep our men”.

“I am very alarmed that women here are losing their appeal, with some Singapore men going abroad in their search for mates,” wrote Melissa Foo.

It did not help, she added, that the higher-earning Singaporean men were held in high esteem, especially by women from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and India.

“This would not be a problem if not for the fact that many Singapore women are still unmarried.”

To encourage the men to seek their brides locally, she suggested: “Why not give a large bonus to the men who marry local spouses? ”

Actually a growing number of Singaporean ladies are unmarried by choice. Psychologist and author John Marshall Townsend wrote this about them (in part) as follows:

“Like women in the United States, Singapore women apparently prefer to stay single rather than marry down.

“Those who have succeeded in high-status occupations that were previously closed to them have indeed rejected what is traditionally considered feminine.

“These women successfully compete with men. They may place their careers above love and marriage for years or even indefinitely, and in their ambition and assertiveness, they are equal or superior to most men in their professions.”

However, a Singaporean said it was a tough act for a married woman to successfully balance family and career. This is discouraging career women to wed.

Among the lamenters was Minister Mentor Lee who referred to his neurologist daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling as a case in point.

After saying that one-third of men and women in Singapore were single “and quite comfortable with their lives”, Lee said: “My daughter is one of them. What can I do?”

Dr Lee, who runs the National Neuroscience Institute, is 55 and single.

Her father is worried about who would look after her and the home when he is not around.

As for marrying foreigners, some Singaporeans welcome it as a plus point. “Apart from the diversity, this out-breeding is good for society,” a teacher remarked to me.