Archive for April, 2012

Crystalake Review : Banyan Shade

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 by crystalake

Cannot be trusted

Lack of moral ethics

Strange that they are willing to compromise their reputation over something that costs less than $100

Lesson learnt : dare not buy anything from it



Crystalake Review : Kinomihitsu J’pan D’tox Plum juice 6 Day Program drink

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2012 by crystalake

I almost died, the stomach pain after drinking it was unbearable, it lasted the whole night. I am so scared of this product now, will not take even 1 drop.

I cannot believe that … all the girls wrote about the great detoxifying effect (i.e. toilet trips…lol), but I was struggling with the churning pain that made me wish for instant death at that moment, I meant that whole night. It was too horrifying to recall. The pain came wave after wave, leaving about 5 minutes in between. The reason why I did not go the the hospital was b’cos I thought it would pass. Well, it did, all the way till the next morning. I felt like I just went through 10 hours of labour pain.

THe Ring

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 by crystalake

i haven’t watched a truly scary movie in a long time. no, some guy with a knife and a mask killing horny teens is NOT scary. scary is when you watch a movie then jump at shadows back home and hear creaks and groans that make your hair stands on end. I am never impressed with movies like The Saw, Cabin in the woods, Friday the 13th, etc. Too much blood makes them somewhat yucky to watch. Yes, I was scared while watching, then forgot about them as soon as I stepped out of the cinema. Meaningless bloodshed and gore. Boring. Now, I don’t bother, I rather choose a comedy or adventure film than a silly scary movie. Really gooooooood scary movie : The Ring. Do you know that in The Ring, not even a drop of blood was shed? Yet it is scarier than those bloody horror movies.

Detective drama : Ninzaburo Furuhata. Awesome!!! It ran for 16 years in Japan!!

An online article about diving

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2012 by crystalake

The death of Sir Run Run Shaw’s granddaughter, Shaw Soo-ling, and her Dutch friend Philip Lemette, off the Anambas Islands in Indonesia in June has heightened the debate in Asia. The pair died after diving to 80 metres, twice the limit to which recreational divers using normal air are supposed to descend.

IT was later revealed that Shaw and her sister, Soo-wai, had signed up for a technical diving course a month earlier – but never got beyond the first theory lesson. Soo-wai survived the dive, but has refused to speak of the ordeal.

Technical divers are quick to point out the trio had been diving on normal air, so there was nothing ‘technical’ about the dive. Rather, it was a classic example of what happens to divers who defy accepted safety standards. But some in the sport believe the craze for going deeper means their deaths will not be the last.

Paul Neilsen, who runs Mandarin Divers at Aberdeen, is a veteran of many deep dives. His piercing eyes glint and his moustache bristles when the deaths of Shaw and Lemette are mentioned in the same breath as technical diving.

‘What they were doing had nothing to do with technical diving and that’s that,’ he says. ‘In my experience, the people who carry on with all the macho rubbish, you know, I’ve been this deep – they are the people who aren’t trained. You get some instructors or dive masters, or experienced recreational divers who’ll carry on with that. Fine. I’m not going to engage in a conversation at that level. If that’s the way you want to dive, it’s your business.’ Mr Neilsen says the main benefits of technical diving are allowing divers to go deeper and stay down longer, enabling them to explore caves and wrecks that previously were off-limits. They use special blends of gas that counter the effects of decompression and nitrogen narcosis – the so-called ‘rapture of the deep’, a similar state to being drunk.

As divers go past 40 metres, the compressed air in their scuba tank becomes increasingly toxic. Diving to 80 metres on compressed air would be like having 16 stiff drinks in a matter of minutes – hardly a state in which to be making rational decisions. Skin Diver magazine describes going past 40 metres using conventional scuba apparatus as ‘insane’ and ‘irresponsible’.

Mr Neilsen says no one from Hong Kong has died from technical diving. Dive scene insiders, however, say he was ‘pretty shaken up’ by the death of Norwegian friend Harald Kvam while they were doing a deep dive off Papua New Guinea in April. Kvam, 41, had worked in Hong Kong since the 80s, using his diving skills to maintain shark nets, among other business ventures.

Hong Kong Underwater Association (HKUA) vice-chairman Chin Kam-wing says the group is keeping a close watch on the boom in technical diving.

‘At the moment, the HKUA is keeping an open eye on the market trend and evaluating the safety and procedures of any underwater sports before promoting it,’ Mr Chin says. ‘We have no intention to promote technical diving to the recreational diving population of Hong Kong at this stage. For reasons of safety, we will not recommend that any of our member divers make any deep dives.’ Editor of Action Asia magazine, Robert Houston, says the advent of technical diving has split the sport. ‘A lot of the tech-heads think recreational divers are wimps, and recreational divers think the tech-heads are pretty weird,’ he says.

‘Once you get beyond the recreational limits, you’re talking about a lot of planning. It’s not for people who just want to look at coral and fish. You are risking your life and when you get down very deep, there’s probably not much to see anyway except an empty sea bed.

‘I can understand the attraction if it’s to explore a wreck but some people are into going deeper for the sake of going deeper. The macho element is the dangerous part. Most people dive to relax, not to risk their lives. Whatever the attraction is, though, there is no doubt it is becoming more and more widespread.’ Asian Diver editor Julie Goh agrees the sport is picking up throughout Asia. She describes it as ‘a world apart’ from recreational diving. ‘There are two totally different camps,’ she says. ‘Technical divers are usually pretty seasoned, gung ho and well and truly into their equipment. For recreational divers, it’s more about the trip, the food, the travel.’ Singaporean Gideon Liew, a member of the International Technical Diving Institute, is the technical diving instructor who gave the Shaw sisters their first and only theory lesson before their ill-fated dive.

‘Soo-ling was at one time a student of mine,’ Mr Liew says. ‘She enrolled to do a basic nitrox course with me, with the objective of being able to do extended-range diving and penetrating wrecks. The sisters were clear that they wanted to dive deeper and they were keen to learn the right way. They knew diving deeper required further training.

‘But she only came to the first class before embarking on her trip. My opinion is that it’s a personal choice. You cannot stop someone from taking foolish risks.’ He says the effects of nitrogen narcosis meant people lost their sense of danger sometimes and became almost mesmerised by the world they entered, going deeper and deeper until there was no chance of survival.

‘I was pretty upset by what happened. I told them specifically what there was to learn if they wanted to go beyond 40 metres. Maybe they got impatient. I know Philip [Lemette] was a dive instructor with a lot of experience in the water, you would not say he was gung ho. He was always a cautious diver, although he could have had a change of attitude.’ Mr Liew says he has spoken to Soo-wai since the tragedy. ‘She says she encountered severe narcosis trying to get out of there. She was with Soo-ling and Phil when they began having problems with narcosis. When she began her ascent, her dive computer had registered 84 metres. They were supposed to come up together, but she lost the others during the ascent. She is distraught, of course. But the safety limits are there for a reason and you cannot ignore them.’ Mr Houston says going to 80 metres on normal air is suicidal. ‘That’s totally against all the principles you are taught,’ he says. ‘The deepest you can go on normal air is 50 metres, and even then you can only stay at that depth for about four minutes. It might have been a case of their getting hypnotised by the narcosis. There were a couple of Taiwanese guys who disappeared off Sipidan [off Sabah]. They became mesmerised and just kept going deeper. Their instructor couldn’t do anything about it.’ Singapore Underwater Sports Federation president Sydney Chew says the Shaws and Lemette were diving at an abandoned oil rig in ‘very deep-water and hostile conditions’.

He says the federation is working with the Singapore Government on penalties for instructors who allowed deep-diving without proper instruction. ‘They went beyond the limits. I hope we can learn from this,’ he says.

DIVERS do not come much more technical than Mr Neilsen. The walls of his office are festooned with certificates and qualifications from the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers and other deep-diving groups.

He explains the technical side of technical diving. The most common blend of gas used is Enriched Air Nitrox, which is richer in oxygen than normal air. He says as divers go deeper, their air is used up more quickly. The limit for divers using nitrox is still 40 metres, but they can stay down longer.

‘All this got started in the late 1980s. When they first tried to introduce nitrox into recreational diving, there was a general backlash. So it took a few years to be accepted, then a few more years to become popular,’ he says.

‘For example, when we breathe normal compressed air, we can go to, say, 18 metres for about 50 minutes. If we get a better mix of air – nitrox – we can almost double that time. It allows you to go longer, not deeper,’ he says.

‘Everyone has their own view of what ‘technical’ means. My view is that it is anything beyond the recreational limits. For example, there are ways you can dive to 50 metres on air, then use nitrox for decompression. Recreational diving doesn’t allow decompression.

‘Decompression-diving is when you stay down longer than the recommended time, then you have a staged ascent, where you stop for a period of time at set points. That gives your body a chance to get rid of the nitrogen bubbles in your blood so you don’t get decompression sickness [the bends].’ This is where it does start to get technical, and Mr Neilsen concedes that, when pushing the limits, the margin for error is tiny, so preparation and back-up plans are vital.

The next step from nitrox is to trimix and rebreathers, and here we are well and truly in boffin land. Divers at this level have so many tanks and gadgets hanging off them that they probably look to the normal recreational diver like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Trimix is a blend of nitrogen, oxygen and helium, which allows divers to go to 60 metres and beyond. Rebreathers are closed-circuit systems, which retain the diver’s exhaled air, using ‘scrubbers’ to clean it of carbon dioxide. Small amounts of pure oxygen and inert gases, controlled by sensors, are injected to maintain volume.

Mr Neilsen says rebreathers have the added advantage of being quiet – there are no noisy jets of bubbles to scare marine life away, making it ideal for deep-water photography.

He says about 10 per cent of his dive students go on to technical diving. ‘For technical nitrox, we have three instructors, including myself. At trimix level, there’s only one, that’s myself. At rebreather level, there’s only one, that’s myself. At technical rebreather level, there’re only three in the world and I’m one of those guys.

‘Some of these courses, you need 400 dives just to get in.’ It is not a sport for the poor – he says a 10-day trip to dive wrecks would cost around US$10,000 (HK$77,400).

IT is unlikely that June’s deaths will deter trained technical divers from pursuing their quest to go deeper. The month before, two dive instructors broke the Philippine deep-diving record. John Bennett and Aaron Gilespie made it down to 122 metres and plan to go deeper.

Their goal was to find The Abyss, an almost-bottomless chasm some divers have glimpsed near Escaria Point, a recreational dive site. Mr Bennett told Action Asia that at extreme depths his senses sharpen ‘and when you surface, everything seems clearer’. He says he has ‘complete respect for the sea, the most powerful force in the world’.

Their dive was not even close to the world record. American Jim Bowden went down to 276 metres in 1994 at Zacaton, a water-filled cave in Mexico’s central eastern state of Tamaulipas. Mr Bowden described it as ‘the last frontier’. It certainly was for his partner, Sheck Exley, who never made it back.

Has Mr Neilsen had any close shaves? ‘All the time. Ha Ha. I’ve had some heart-stopping moments, but then again when you drive around Hong Kong you have some heart-stopping moments.

‘What do I get out of it? Adventure keeps me diving. It’s in your blood.’

Crystalake speaks :

In The Abyss is the fabled fountain of youth??

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2012 by crystalake

ITE/Steph Thia Hwee Koon/Chantelle/Hui Jun/Tang Boon Thiew/social escort agency/  

Disclaimer : Totally unrelated to any post here

Matching that forum nicknames to those 44 faces….

你,宛如山澗一朵野花, 你,又是天邊的一抹雲霞, 悄悄地來了,又悄悄地走了。年輕的歲月,本應如詩如畫,如絲如縷,可是你的面前卻堆滿了太多的艱辛和沈重;一個小小的你,雖不驚天地,泣鬼神,可又讓許多天下人為這動情。 你走了,走得那麼輕,那麼輕,輕得像天邊那朵雲---- 你留下的情又是那麼重,那麼重,重得像巍峨的泰山---- 

Grandson of Shaw cinema mogul charged for sex with underaged callgirl

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2012 by crystalake

Prominent local newsmaker Howard Shaw was among four additional men that were charged in court on Wednesday for having paid sex with an underaged prostitute.

Aside from Shaw, former UBS top banker and Swiss national Juerg Buergin, ex- teacher Chua Ren Cheng and 49-year-old Edward Whistler Goh were also charged.

Prominent in social circles and a well-known advocate of the green movement, Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

According to a report last year, the former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council has two daughters aged 9 and 11. He graduated in 1995 from Oxford Brookes University in England.

The 41-year-old is among the biggest names tagged in a case that saw public servants, a former school principal and a businessman among the 44 men charged with the same offence in court on Monday.

Based on the charge sheet, Shaw allegedly paid $500 for sex with a girl who is under 18 on 30 October 2010 at 3:22pm at Hotel 81 Bencoolen.

He appeared in court with his wife, Jessie Xue, whom he married in November last year. The former model was taking part in a Miss Earth pageant and he was helping to judge and train the contestants when they met six years ago.

Friends of Shaw expressed surprise over the news of the charge. One friend who asked not to be named told Yahoo! Singapore she was shocked when she heard about it, but then added: “To be fair, it could have been anyone else, even in the high places.”

His current employer, Halcyon Agri Corporation, where he is the senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, declined comment when contacted.

On its website, Halcyon describes itself as an integrated producer and merchandiser of a special grade of rubber, most widely used for making vehicle tyres.

Howard Shaw is not the only high-profile executive to be charged on Wednesday.


40-year-old Buergin, a Swiss national, who is former head of operations at UBS Investment Bank in Singapore, allegedly paid $600 and $650 for sex with the girl in Shangri-La Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 2010 and January 2011, respectively.

Of the four charged on Wednesday, Chua was the only one intending to plead guilty to the charges.


Chua, 31, taught both at River Valley High School and Jurong Junior College, and was a government teaching scholar, according to the Ministry of Education in recent media reports. He also reportedly resigned from the teaching service on 1 February.

Further, Chua was also a former grassroots leader who chaired the youth executive committee of Taman Jurong Community Club, according to Today. He is being charged for paying the girl $750 for sex at a budget hotel on 22 December 2010.


The fourth man charged on Wednesday was 49-year-old Edward Whistler Goh Ngian Meng, who according to the daily runs a business consultancy and management training firm. He paid a total of $950 for two sessions with the callgirl in September and October 2010.

Of the four, Chua is the only one who said he plans to plead guilty, reported the paper. He also has been given a week to decide if he intends to engage a lawyer.

A former colleague of Chua’s, who declined to be named, told Yahoo! Singapore that the news took him by surprise.

He said Chua had been a dedicated teacher during their time teaching at Jurong Junior College and that he was very professional in his conduct throughout. He said Chua dressed well and always looked presentable, so the fact he had engaged the services of a prostitute came as a shock, not only to him but their former ex-colleagues too.

A total of 48 men have now been charged with having paid sex with the underaged prostitute, who so far has not been named. They engaged her services, which were advertised on a website, between September 2010 and February last year.

Of the 44 charged before Wednesday, all but the ex-principal claimed trial. Those challenging the charges are expected to say they were not aware the girl was a minor, according to ST.

Lee Lip Hong, 39, the former principal of Pei Chun Public School, admitted to two charges of having paid $500 on each of two occasions for sex with the girl at Hotel 81 Bencoolen on Sept 26 and Dec 24, 2010, reported the same paper.

Also charged for allegedly paying $500 for sex with the underage girl on each of four occasion is 45-year-old businessman Foo Kim Meng.

Chia Kok Peng, 38, former senior legal counsel of the National Environmental Agency, and nine public servants are also among those charged.

The website offering the girl’s services was allegedly run by entrepreneur Tang Boon Thiew.

In February, up to 80 people were involved in a major police probe into an online prostitution ring, including an ex-principal and top civil servants.

Crystalake speaks :

well…. I find him familiar looking, now I know why….. : Yoda

Crystalake Review of Sophie Monk Sleeping mask

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2012 by crystalake

I am saddened by the fact that it is of a less smooth intensity than the one from Bioessence. Hard to spread on face smoothly, and may just need some friction to apply on whole face. I am still using it but may not consider it again. The Pink one is for dry skin and the blue one for normal /oily skin.

The pretty packaging attracts me to it, but I feel silly now. I need functional products.