Archive for February, 2012

Mandarin 101

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2012 by crystalake

Sun used the term “瘪三” to describe Singapore uncles, which is a derogatory word typically used in Shanghai to describe the underclass bums in the society. It means a person who is a tramp, bum, good-for-nothing fella, beggar, drifter, loafer, outcast, vagrant, destitute and worthless person.



my goodness….. was just told the meaning for 傻逼. It is a dirty word concerning female genitals. I dare not write the full meaning here.


signs to look out for

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2012 by crystalake

Suicidal signs to look out for

Every individual is different, but let’s look at some generic things that individuals may do when they are thinking of quitting life.

-Making a will -Getting all personal affairs in order -Suddenly deciding to visit close friends and family (the final time) -Purchasing the weapon/instruments to end life (gun, rope, knife, pills) -Improved or decline in mood -Writing a suicide note

Suicidal people are generally severely depressed or anxiety-ridden. They may suffer from alcohol or substance abuse, agitation, apathy and loss of interest in daily activities, depression, insomnia, feelings of hopelessness and a persistent belief that something very bad is about to happen.


Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2012 by crystalake

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Eng Bee Foodstuffs

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2012 by crystalake

First his foot got trapped. Then, the foreign worker who was cleaning a dough-mixing machine got folded in as it started churning, and he was crushed.

His colleagues at the Eng Bee Foodstuffs factory in Defu Lane could only watch in horror as the tragedy happened last Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Chinese national was pronounced dead at the scene at 11.13pm, less than 15 minutes after falling in.

No one could say how exactly the accident occurred, but it is believed he had been cleaning the machine just before it happened.

Stupid Cupid returns

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2012 by crystalake


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So much for “Facebook fatigue.”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2012 by crystalake

A survey released on Friday shows that people who have used the social networking site over a long period – since its founding in 2004, say – show no sign that they are tired of posting pictures, updating weekend plans or just relaying random thoughts.

The Pew Research Center report, based on a U.S. phone survey, logs and data from November 2010, sheds light on Facebook’s possible long-term popularity as the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg heads for a $5 billion initial public offering.

Ahead of the IPO, one concern about Facebook has been that users will simply bore of it after a while, a phenomenon known as “Facebook fatigue.” The Pew research suggests those worries may be unfounded.

The longer that people have used Facebook site, the more frequently they hit the “like” button, commented on friends’ content, posted status updates and tagged their friends in photos, the report showed.

It also concluded that having more Facebook friends kept users more involved with the social networking site.

“The more Facebook friends users have, the more they perform every activity that we explored: friending, liking, private messages, commenting, posting, photo tagging, joining groups and poking,” Pew said regarding the survey by its Internet & American Life project.

Facebook users on average can reach 156,569 other network users through friends of friends. The number is skewed by Facebook users with especially large friend lists, and the median is 31,170 people reached through friends of friends.

“This examination of people’s activities in a very new realm affirms one of the oldest truths about the value of friendship,” said Lee Rainie, head of Pew’s Internet project. “Those who are socially active have a better shot at getting the help and emotional help they need.”

The survey was based on a phone survey of 2,255 U.S. adults that was conducted in November 2010. Respondents were asked to share logs of their Facebook activity, and about 269 respondents let Facebook release data on their use.

Facebook says it has 845 million active users today.

(Reporting By Ian Simpson; Editing by Paul Thomasch)

Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2012 by crystalake

Potato is commonly known as starchy food. However, it is nutritionally rich as one of the high potassium food with multiple vitamins and minerals. Potassium is important for fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, helpful to lower or stabilize blood pressure.

Here is a cook off for a healthy low calorie meal with potatoes.

Whole corn- 1
Potatoes- 400g
Celery broth- 1.5 cup
Soy sauce- Half tbsp
Black pepper
Butter- 10g

1. Cut potatoes into bite size pieces and rinse them with water. Then cook them in boiling water for 15-20 minutes.
*Do you know: Boiling potatoes with their skins prevent loss of nutrients*

2. Cut the whole corn into half and in vertical direction, remove the core with your knife by cutting the corn downwards.

3. Put the potatoes and corn into a pot of celery broth. Season with some soy sauce and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Put in the butter and let it melt. Then add in some black pepper to balance up the taste. Add some fresh parsley before serving.

*You may choose between soy sauce and butter if you would like it less seasoning. Tentatively, if you like to indulge both, do not worry about the calories as its only 200kcal per serving. This healthy yet fulfilling dish is also high in Vitamin C and B6. Enjoy 🙂