Archive for December, 2012


Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by crystalake


This article was first published in The New Paper.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2012 by crystalake

The New Paper checked with five government agencies – NEA, Housing and Development Board (HDB), Singapore Power, PUB and the police. We were told that there are some telltale signs.

First, the NEA, Singapore Power and HDB said residents will be given advance notice of works to be carried out and of visits by their offices.

This could take the form of circulars posted to residents or notices put up at notice boards of HDB blocks.

Such notices also typically have information such as contact details, including phone numbers which residents can call to verify if the officers are who they say they are.

But there are exceptions.

NEA said in spot checks for possible mosquito- breeding sites, its officers do not inform residents before the visits.

The same goes for “feedback about issues such as insanitary premises, smell nuisance and illegal preparation of food for sale”, its spokesman said.

But all NEA officers tasked with inspecting premises will be in uniform – either a white shirt or polo T-shirt bearing the NEA logo, blue trousers and a name tag.

All the officers of the agencies we spoke to said residents can also ask to see their identification, usually official identity cards bearing their photograph.

Otherwise, the officers will carry an authorisation letter bearing the agency’s logo.

As for police officers, all of them are issued with a Singapore Police Force Warrant Card to prove that the officer is genuine, said police spokesman DSP William Goh.

He said: “If our officers are in plain clothes, they will identify themselves by producing the warrant card.”

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A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.

In the course of their work, police officers may interview witnesses or conduct searches on premises according to their powers, he added.

But the Singapore Power spokesman said that even with identification, its officers cannot enter a home unless given permission to do so.

“It should be noted that our staff will only enter the premises with the permission of the occupier,” the spokesman added.

As a last line of defence, residents should call the respective hotlines to check the identity of the officer.

DSP Goh said: “As each situation is unique, the public is advised to verify the identity of the police officer before complying with the instructions of the officer.

“If in doubt of the identity of the person claiming to be a police officer, such as when he is unable to produce his warrant card, call 999 for assistance.”

National Environment Agency (NEA)

WHY VISIT: To check for mosquito-breeding and to educate members of the public on how to prevent the breeding.

Conduct checks when there is feedback about public health issues such as insanitary premises, smell and illegal preparation of food for sale.

HOW TO TELL: Authority card issued by NEA and the uniform – white shirt or polo T-shirt bearing the NEA logo, blue trousers and a name tag.

WHO TO CALL: 24-hour NEA hotline at 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-225 5632).

Singapore Police Force

WHY VISIT: To interview witnesses or conduct on-site searches for investigations.

HOW TO TELL: Singapore Police Force Warrant Card. A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.

WHO TO CALL: Call 999 if in doubt.

Housing & Development Board

WHY VISIT: Maintenance or rectification work in a flat.

HOW TO TELL: A staff card bearing the officer’s photograph.

WHO TO CALL: Branch office service line at 1800-225 5432. Or send an SMS to 9011 2222 to verify if a contractor is an HDB-registered renovation contractor.

Singapore Power

WHY VISIT: To maintain and repair supply connections and inspect gas pipes.

HOW TO TELL: Officers will produce the identification pass bearing the agency’s logo, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.

WHO TO CALL: 1800-2222 333 hotline

PUB, the national water agency

WHY VISIT: To read the water meter. But most water meters are placed outside homes. Some of them are located in the garden, in the case of private landed houses.

The reading of water meters is managed by PUB’s billing agent, SP Services.

HOW TO TELL: Photograph identification or a letter of authorisation (with PUB logo).

WHO TO CALL: PUB 24-hour call centre at 1800-2846600.

This article was first published in The New Paper.


Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2012 by crystalake

Event can refer to many things such as:

An observable occurrence, phenomenon or an extraordinary occurrence
A type of gathering:

A ceremony, for example, a marriage
A competition, for example, a sports competition
A convention (meeting), also known as a conference
A happening, a performance or situation meant to be considered as art
A festival, for example, a musical event
A media event, a happening that attracts coverage by mass media
A party (including internal business function or staff party)
A sporting event
A corporate or business function, a profit driven event meant to raise awareness of a company’s brand and/or products & services.

Happiness is just a bite away.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2012 by crystalake

Chocolate is an excellent mood booster too. The high levels of serotonin, alongside many other ‘happy chemicals’, promote feelings of contentment.

“A square of chocolate a day keeps the sadness away” – that’s our new motto.

What’s yours?

Laura Ong

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2012 by crystalake

The smses.

After reading it, it is obvious who is going after who in the dirtship.  So surprising….

Ewww… the word “darling” always gives me goosebumps.  ewwww……..eeeeekkks!!

It seems like she is the chee kor pek in the affair instead of him… this is the first time I come across such role reversals…

2012 Mayan doomsdayers

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2012 by crystalake

if you’re reading this,
it can only mean one thing–

The 2012 Mayan doomsdayers were completely wrong!

Did you know that as many 1 in 10 people surveyed
in over 21 countries, thought the world was going
to end today?

Humanity seems to have a bizarre obsession with
finality. As far back as 634 BCE, Romans predicted
that 12 mystical eagles had revealed a ‘secret’
number that would determine the end date of Rome.

Since then, there have been no fewer than 288
publicly recorded doomsday prophecies running
the gamut of apocalypse, asteroid collisions, and
general human expiration… from the early predictions
of Nostradamus, to the high-tech Y2K bug fearers.

And yet — here we are. The world still turns.

Of course, any smart person knows that such
predictions should only be taken with a grain of
salt. The world is an incredibly complex network of
people and physics, and determining the fate of an
entire universe based on an ancient and misunderstood
calendar isn’t exactly going to yield accurate results.

Despite that, NASA has fielded over 5,000 questions
since 2007 from worried citizens, fearing the end of
the world. The sale of shelters and bunkers has
increased. Hundreds of thousands of sites have been
set-up to discuss the topic.

Even a mayor in a town in Brazil mobilized its
citizens to gather food supplies to hunker down for
the end of the world!

It’s amazing to me that so many people would plan
for the total annihilation of planet Earth, and yet so
few even realize the very real and grave threat to
life as we know it that’s right in front of us —

Man missing in Greece still not found but camera found in Sweden. It means….

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2012 by crystalake

Man missing in Greece still not found
Camera found in a traveller lodge in Sweden, left by previous travellers. A Greek recognised the pics in the camera as Kouk, thus alerted Greece. Is Kouk travelling all over Europe now? Guess Singapore is really a stressful place to live in…

Published on Oct 18, 2011

AFTER about two weeks of futile searching in Greece, the family of missing Singaporean Kouk Leong Jin returned home on Saturday.

His parents, brother and wife Seow Shu Ping had flown to Athens on Oct 2 to search for the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School student who went missing on Sept 27.

A day before, he had flown to Athens to attend an obstetrics and gynaecological conference.

His disappearance sparked a search by the Greek authorities.

Last week, messages were posted by his parents on the Facebook page his friends set up to help find the 28-year-old. The posts in Chinese by Mr Kouk Seng Kok and Madam Ng Yea Hwa first appeared last Wednesday.

In one, Madam Ng talked about how the family had been in Athens for 10 days. She wrote: ‘Despite my worry, your dad’s sadness and your brother’s concern, we have been unable to find you. Remember that we are your family and that we will always support you. We hope you are healthy and safe.’

In another post, the father said: ‘Leong Jin, do you know what a hard time I have had looking for you? Please call me soon. Your mother and brother are also in Athens.’

On Thursday, his parents posted one more message each, urging their son to return home soon. In the father’s message, he said if Mr Kouk did not appear soon, the family would be going back to Singapore.

The messages sparked off some speculation from netizens about whether Mr Kouk had intentionally disappeared. The messages were eventually removed from the Facebook page.

A Lianhe Zaobao report yesterday quoted Ms Seow, 28, as saying that her parents-in-law just needed to express their feelings.

Yesterday, a staff member from the Singapore Consulate in Athens said the search for Mr Kouk was still going on. Spokesman Corinna Cox of Duke-NUS said the team that the school had sent to Athens to help in the search had also returned home.