20 04 2009

Talking abt journey planner, my previous post did not include SMRT buses, only SBS Transit. To know the bus route details, operating hours and frequency range of both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses, click this link. In there, you can also calculate the fares, the estimated travel time and the no. of stops of your bus journey by selecting the start and end point.

But this is useful only if you know which roughly which bus you want to take.

What if you just know where you want to go? U want to know how to go from point A to point B without much hazzle..

Long time ago, I already utilize this search engine for direction – street directory. It used to be good. But now, you can roughly find a place (near which MRT) using streetdirectory. Sometimes, it is not very useful if you want to know how to get to there!

Recently Esther recommended me a very good site –

What is gothere?

what is gothere?

what is gothere?

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Reduction in bus and train fares

18 04 2009

I am not a bus person…

I am more of a MRT person..

I do not drive, so I don’t really know road names well. But tell me it is near which which MRT, I will know roughly where it is in Singapore.

And this is also the reason I prefer to stay near the MRT. Walking distance is good. 3-10mins is good.

Since I am not a bus person, I seldom or never really visit the SBS website.

But recently, I visited the website to check if bus 2 from my place really go to Changi Village. And viola, I had my answer. So try this if u want to check the bus route of a particular bus number. And if you need to go from one place to another, you can try their journey planner to plan your route. I shall try this service next time! =)

Oh btw, us commuters may be pleased wit this news! “there is a reduction in bus and train fares with effect from 1st April 2009 to 30th June 2010.” Yes!!


Have u file ur tax?

12 04 2009

More than 536,000 taxpayers have e-Filed. Avoid the last minute rush and e-File now! 

I always felt that I pay high income tax!!

And my colleagues said that coz I have high salary!! (they r implying I have higher salary than them!!)



It is just coz being single is expensive.

Plus my parents are not with me in Sg.

So I lost out in term of rebates or reliefs or tax-deductions….

It is no surprise that I paid more tax $ than others who have much higher salary!!

Luckily this year government is giving us 20% discount on our tax $..

And still Singapore’s income tax is considered low among other countries… so I am counting my blessings..

So have u file ur tax yet?

Date due for Yr 2008 assessment is 15th April 2009

Click here to know how to calculate ur tax!

Tax rates for resident individuals

For YA 2007 onwards

Chargeable Income Rate (%) Gross Tax Payable ($)
First $20,000
Next $10,000
First $30,000
Next $10,000

First $40,000
Next $40,000

3 400
First $80,000
Next $80,000

4 300
11 200
First $160,000
Next $160,000

15 500
27 200
First $320,000
Above $320,000

42 700

For YA 2008, a personal income tax rebate of 20%, up to a maximum of $2,000 is granted.
For YA 2009, a personal income tax rebate of 20%, up to a maximum of $2,000 is granted.

Source: IRAS

The KangXi Emperor

2 04 2009

We had free entry to the special exhibition “The Kang Xi Emperor” @ Asian Civilization Museum (ACM) on 29th March 2009. It was not our first time visiting ACM, and from our last visit, we already knew this special exhibition is coming. We are still contemplating whether we will come again..

But luckily Linda told us last minutes that last weekend 28/3 and 29/3 – it was free entrance to visit ACM. So on sunday, we decided to drop by for a while. Queue was long and once ur inside, no photography allowed. I was caught once taking photo inside =p Get a shock of my life, the guard even asked me to delete the foto, in front of him… >.<

Ok I am not sure the main purpose of not able to take foto is to disclose the content of the whole exhibition or to protect the treasures displayed in this exhibition… anyway… we just enjoyed the exhibition, quite not bad.. except it is not in a very big scale..

Me @ Kang Xi Emperor exhibition

Me @ Kang Xi Emperor exhibition

The Kang Xi Emperor Special Exhibition @ ACM

The Kang Xi Emperor Special Exhibition @ ACM

Note that this Kang Xi Emperor special exhibition are open to public from 13th March to 14th June 2009. Know more abt Kang Xi Emperor, hailed as one of China’s greatest rulers, his reign lasted for 61 years. View some of the interesting artefacts like the twelve digit calculator, embroidered dragons socks, the armour, the seal, the portraits..etc and even a virtual tour of the Forbidden City, if you have not been in Beijing, Forbidden City.

You may not want to give it a miss if you know that out of the 95 artefacts displayed in this exhibition, 80 are rare treasures from the collection of The Palace Museum, Beijing, on show for the first time in Southeast Asia.

The Kang Xi Emperor brochure

The Kang Xi Emperor brochure

ACM is located 5mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station, enjoy exclusive discounts to Kang Xi Emperor using PAssion Card. Oh, and from the brochure, it seems that there is discounted admission every Fri 7-9pm. But best to check with them personally.

The Living Courthouse

30 03 2009

Visited the Supreme Court – The Living Courthouse with Joanne, Esther and Linda on 14th March 2009

Packed with many people, first time visiting the Supreme court, very big place with 8 storeys, saw a colleague,  Eugene, there too, went around to get answers to get stamps for shoe bag souveniers..

Understand also some of stereotype topics like do judges or lawyers wear wigs, do judges use gauge to keep order, How you call judge in court…


Had enjoyed myself on this day..

juskawaime had a day in Court

juskawaime had a day in Court

Thanx to Linda for forwarding this invitation to us.. and this also fit Jo’s plan about knowing Singapore better.. What other better way of knowing our Legal system than this? And it is free somemore! *Woohooo*

 Queue was long, but was orderly and fast.. we were lucky we didn’t listen to people’s saying that it will be too crowded to go.. otherwise, we would have miss all these!

Group pic at Court House

Group pic at Court House

 We didn’t able to see the criminal enactment – “Who pushed Humpty?” though… as it was long queue and not moving! I was curious who is the culprit! Who Dunnit! And my answer was shown below, pointing at the most prime suspect – the big bad wolf! Well all evidence was againts him!



And you know who is the culprit eventually?

I asked Eugene… and got the most unexpected answer…

The story is ….

Humpty was sleepy… so sleepy that he…. fell off the wall and resulted himself in concussion.



PM’s National Day Rally Speech 2008

19 08 2008

National Day Rally

The rising cost of living was highlighted as the hottest issue for Singaporeans by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech on August 17.

He said the government will provide help for Singaporeans from all income groups. This includes an increase in the second payout of this year’s Growth Dividends by 50% as well as a 50% increase in this year’s U-Save rebates.

Mr Lee also spoke about the need to create a more gracious society, pro-baby measures as well as easing rules on political activities and outdoor public demonstrations.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally
English Text and Video
Malay Text (In English) Watch Video
Mandarin Text (In English) Part 1: Watch Video
Part 2: Watch Video
Part 3: Watch Video




Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally
Part 1: Our Economy – helping to cope with rising costs Text Watch Video
Part 2: Our Society – making Singapore a gracious society Text Watch Video
Part 3: Our People – helping singles get married Text Watch Video
Part 4: Our People – pro-baby measures to boost birthrate Text Watch Video
Part 5: Our Future – preparing our society for new media Text Watch Video
Part 6: Our Future – easing rules on political activities, public demos Text Watch Video
Part 7: Conclusion Text Watch Video


Good fight, Singapore!

17 08 2008

The Table Tennis Women’s Singapore Team have given a good fight to China’s team in the final, fighting for Gold (1st place) in Beijing Olympic 2008.

This game is so impt that the National Day Rally live-telecast by PM Lee Hsien Loong is postponed one day later to Monday, instead of tonight.

THE Prime Minister has changed the telecast timings for his National Day rally speech, so that Singaporeans can watch and support the finals of the women’s table tennis between the Republic’s and China’s teams, to be broadcast ‘live’ on Sunday evening.

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Malay and Chinese speeches will still be telecast ‘live’ on Sunday at 6.45 pm on MediaCorp channels.

However, the English speech telecast will be delayed to Monday at 8 pm, said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday.

The rally itself will proceed as normal at the University Cultural Centre.


I was hopeful that Singapore may win the Gold medal. But I guess China team is just too strong…and I was wishful… coz China has won the Table Tennis Olympic game every time!!! The no. 1 player in the world, Zhang Yining, is just superb!!

S’pore gives as good as it gets

In Prize Ceremony, Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei (L-R)

CHINA won the gold medal in the women’s team table tennis final, after fighting off a strong challenge from Singapore to win the final 3-0 on Sunday evening.

The top-seeded hosts were led by Zhang Yining, the No. 1 player in the world. They picked apart second-seeded Singapore with near-flawless execution, dishing out shots to the edges and corners of the table.

It was China’s 17th gold medal at the Olympic table tennis competition since its national sport was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games, Xinhua new agency reported.

The star-studded Chinese women pushed, chopped and smashed, proving too powerful for Singapore before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 4,000, though Zhang and veteran Wang Nan dropped a game.

Finishing second, Singapore won its first Olympic medal in 48 years since a silver by weightlifter Tan Howe Liang in 1960.

Wang, who is often slow in finding her rhythm, failed to take a lead but brushed aside Feng Tianwei 9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. The team title was the fourth Olympic gold for Wang, the most decorated players in table tennis.

The battle between Zhang and Beijing-born Li Jia Wei of Singapore was full of long rallies across the table, with Zhang winning 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7.

The singles and doubles gold medalist in Athens then paired with world champion Guo Yue, quickly finishing off Li and Wang Yue Gu 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.

Both China and Singapore had steamrolled over all before them with stunning victories since the start of the Olympic team table tennis tournament, which take the place of the doubles. They did not meet each other until the final.

A near-capacity crowd at Peking University Gymnasium chanted ‘Go China’ throughout the evening. Chinese President Hu Jintao and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge watched from a VIP section.


I have enjoyed the exciting game live-telecast in Channel U and Channel 5, followed by a prize-ceremony… Many years… since our Singapore flag is raised so high and proudly for a prize ceremony…. yes 48years of dream has come true!! A weightlifting silver in the 1960 Rome Olympics by Tan Howe Liang has stood as the city-state’s only Olympic medal. What amusing to read is his recent entry/interview saying it is time for Singapore to get an Olympic team, if not every 4 years, he need to answer the reporters’ qs as “what does he feel to be the only Olympic medalist for many decades…. hahaaa

Next to look forward to is the Table Tennis Women’s Single competitions, may Singapore has another achievement then! =) See Schedule here.

Congratulation Singapore team for the Silver medal!! Welcome S$750,000!! *WooHoooo*

Feng Tianwei (SIN) vs Wang Nan (CHN) 11-9, 3-11, 8-11, 6-11

Li Jiawei (SIN) vs Zhang Yining (CHN) 11-9, 3-11, 4-11, 7-11

Wang Yuegu/Li Jiawei (SIN) vs Yue Guo/Zhang Yining (CHN) 8-11, 5-11, 6-11

View more details on the results here.

4th and 5th game was not played, since China won 3 games against Singapore.

You can get read the live-blog-of-this-game here

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