Thursday, April 30, 2009

Am I heng or what?

Am I heng or what? Twice graduations twice kena virus threat.

Undergrad commencement, kena SARS. Examination hall turn from air-con room into natural-air (fan lar!) room, grand ceremony become small small ceremony, and kena bring themometer everywhere I go. Temperature taking become part of my breakfast. Worse thing, sing karaoke half way have to stop to take temperature, coz kena report when gov calls.

Now, MBA commencement, kena swine flu.

Sigh, what's next?

FAQs on H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Something I got from Ministry of Health, Singapore:

1. What is Swine Flu (Swine Influenza)?
Swine flu is a respiratory disease affecting pigs that is caused by type A influenza virus. Swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to influenza outbreaks in humans. It causes high levels of illness but low death rates in pigs.

2. Does Swine Flu affect humans?
Swine flu viruses that cause disease in pigs very rarely affect humans. However, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs but there have also been documented cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu.

3. How does Swine Flu spread to humans?
Swine flu spreads to humans mainly through contact with infected pigs, which shed the virus in their saliva, nasal secretions and faeces. Limited human-to-human transmission can also occur in the same way as seasonal flu occurs in people.

4. Can people catch Swine Flu from eating pork?
There is currently no evidence to suggest that swine flu can be transmitted to humans from eating pork or pork products that have been thoroughly cooked.

5. What are the symptoms of Swine Flu in humans?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza. An early symptom is high fever, and this is followed by cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sometimes breathlessness a few days later.

6. How can human infections with swine flu be diagnosed?
To diagnose swine flu, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding the virus). However, some persons, especially children may shed the virus
for 10 days or longer.

7. What medications are available to treat swine flu infection in humans?
There are three different antiviral drugs that are licensed for use in Singapore for the treatment of influenza: amantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. Another antiviral drug, rimantadine, is also licensed for use in the United States for the treatment of influenza. While most swine flu viruses have been susceptible to all four drugs, the most recent swine flu viruses isolated from humans are resistant to amantadine and rimantadine. At this time, the US CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine flu viruses.

8. Are there any cases of Swine Flu in Singapore?
To date, there have been no human cases of swine flu detected in Singapore.

9. Is there any cause for alarm in Singapore?
No human swine flu cases have been reported in Singapore. MOH is monitoring the situation closely and will update the public should the situation change.

10. What is MOH doing to ensure that the disease is not transmitted here?
MOH maintains a comprehensive and well established disease surveillance system for the early detection of human cases of novel influenzas such as swine flu. In addition, MOH has sent a medical alert to all medical practitioners and staff in hospitals, national centres, private medical clinics and polyclinics to update them on the outbreak of swine flu in the USA and Mexico and to advise them to be vigilant for any suspect cases. When the situation warrants, MOH will step up public health measures e.g. quarantine of contacts, issue public health advisories, and work with other government agencies to screen visitors at our border checkpoints. Further, MOH has an influenza pandemic preparedness plan in response to a pandemic situation.

11. Is it safe to visit countries with cases of Swine Flu and will I be quarantined when I return? What travel precautions should I take?
There are currently no travel restrictions or quarantine advised by the World Health Organisation for swine flu. If you intend to travel to areas which have cases of swine flu (currently – currently – California, Texas and Kansas in the United States; and Mexico), you should take note of the following measures to minimize your risk of acquiring swine flu:
Avoid contact with persons with symptoms of influenza
Avoid crowded areas and maintain good ventilation.
Observe good personal and environmental hygiene. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently and when they are contaminated by respiratory secretions e.g. after sneezing.
Maintain good body resistance through a balanced diet, regular exercise, having adequate rest, reducing stress and not smoking.

As part of national level measures, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)will be implementing precautionary measures at Singapore Changi Airport in light of the outbreak of swine flu cases in Mexico and the United States.

From 2300 hours 26 April, thermal scanners will be deployed to screen passengers on flights arriving from the US. Screening of all arriving passengers will take place from 0800 hours on 27 April 2009, when thermal scanners will be deployed at the Arrival Halls of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. From Wednesday (29 April 2009), the scanners will also be deployed at the Budget Terminal and Seletar Airport. The scanners will measure the temperature of passengers just before they undergo immigration checks. Passengers with a higher-than-normal temperature will undergo a more thorough medical assessment. These precautionary checks are non-intrusive and have no impact on the time needed by passengers to clear the various airport processes. Flights in and out of Changi Airport are continuing as normal.

In addition, health alert notices containing information about swine flu will be placed at the immigration counters for arriving passengers.

12. What should I do if I suspect I have swine flu after returning to Singapore?
You should consult your doctor as soon as possible and inform your doctor if you have symptoms of swine flu and had recently travelled to areas which have cases of swine flu (currently – California, Texas and Kansas in the United States; and Mexico).

13. What should I do if I fall ill overseas?
You should consult a local doctor as soon as possible and refrain from traveling until you are certified fit by the doctor.

14. Does influenza vaccination help in preventing Swine Flu?
Vaccines are available to be given to pigs to prevent swine influenza. There is no vaccine to protect humans from swine flu. The seasonal influenza vaccine is unlikely to protect against H1N1 swine flu viruses.

15. Is it safe to come into contact with live pigs in nature reserves and the wildlife reserves?
So far, there are no known cases of swine flu in Singapore. However, proper hygiene practices, such as washing of hands after contact with animals including pigs, should be maintained.

And thank you for all my friends out there for your concern. I am doing fine here, despite that I am living at US-Mexico border....

despite that US government is merely doing 'lip service' in combating swine flu....

despite that I have to get more updated news from Asia because the local news is really slow...

I must say, while I always mock Singapore government for being extremely kiasi, under this situation, it is better to be kiasi than dangsi (waiting to die).

Seriously, no border screening, no thermal scanner, no one is wearing mask here....

Am I being overreacting? or thes local are just too lax?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Never cross the water on the road

And never assume the water is safe!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bad economic now...

Last but not least, this is me!

Hi, you might be a Canadian!

Canada Issues a Wake-Up Call: You May Be a Citizen

This sounds much more unbelievable than striking lottery.

Friends, are you a Canadian?

For more details, click here

Friday, April 17, 2009

The price of being fat

Ryanair mulls 'fat tax' for obese passengers

Paola Totaro
April 17, 2009 - 10:45AM
America has done it and now the UK is considering it: a flying "fat tax" on obese passengers who take up more space and weight than the norm.

Could Australia be next?

United Airlines announced this week that obese passengers who cannot fit in one seat may be charged for an upgrade to wider business-class seats while Irish airline Ryanair is poised to close an online poll which asks its clients what to tax next.

There has already been much fuss about the suggestion Ryanair is considering charging passengers for using its on-board toilets, but according to its poll data, close to half of the 45,000 people polled say they are in favour of charging overweight passengers.

Ryanair's spokesman, Stephen McNamara, told the Times of London he was "surprised" by the poll response.

It may be politically incorrect, but as airlines the world over search for new ways to raise revenue the notion that obese passengers be forced to pay for extra room has gained momentum.

The Chicago-based United Airlines yesterday gave the prospect an extra push.

"Passengers too large to fit comfortably in a coach seat may be required to buy a second ticket or upgrade to business class, where seats are larger - if United's flight attendants can't find two open seats for them," the Chicago Tribune reported.

The airline said it received 700 complaints last year from passengers who endured uncomfortable flights because the person next to them or adjacent took up too much room. United is not alone as five other carriers have already introduced similar charges.

The ranks of obese Americans have skyrocketed in recent decades and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of adults fit the category.

At the same time, airlines desperate to increase profit have jammed more seats onto aircraft than ever, minimizing space between passengers and increasingly over-selling flights.

Fatty Pink Leo: I am doomed....

Sounds familiar

Sounds like Singaporeans... or Americans?

Beaches too sandy, fish scare the kids: it's a Fawlty Towers world for some tourists

Mark Russell
April 12, 2009

DAMN those wide sandy beaches and oceans full of fish. And let's not get started on the consistency of gravy.

Honestly, it's enough to ruin a perfectly pleasant holiday, according to a list of recent complaints by not-so-intrepid British tourists.

Consider this "it's all your fault" rant by a woman who returned to Britain with an unexpected holiday souvenir: "My fiance and I booked a twin-bedded room, but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant."

Her complaint and scores like it, compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents and Thomas Cook, have done nothing to dispel the whingeing Pom cliche.

In one case, a British guest at a Novotel hotel in Australia made a fuss about his soup being too thick and strong. He had been supping from the gravy boat.

Another culinarily challenged traveller grumbled that "on my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

Other British tourists found their holidays were spoiled because "the beach was too sandy" and "no one told us there would be fish in the sea; the children were startled".

One disgruntled wife declared that topless sunbathing should be banned because her "holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women".

While Australians love a rant as much as the next ticked-off customer, they are more likely to see the funny side of a bad situation than British tourists, Flight Centre spokesman Haydn Long said.

"Australians tend to be a little bit more adventurous and when you take the more adventurous option, you tend to be more tolerant of things not always being perfect."

Peter Hook, spokesman for the country's largest hotel group, Accor Asia Pacific, said Australians have a more laid-back attitude to travel because we've had to "overcome the tyranny of distance".

"When you fly 24 hours to the UK, a park bench looks attractive compared to an economy airline seat.

"Travel is in the blood of Australians and they also see the humour in situations. Other nationalities can be far more irritable."

How do you tell when a plane full of British tourists has landed? A selection of complaints from travellers from the UK

* We bought Ray-Ban sunglasses for five euros ($9) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.

* The brochure stated: "No hairdressers at the accommodation." We're trainee hairdressers — will we be OK staying here?

* There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.

* We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.

* We had to queue outside with no air-conditioning.

* I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.

* It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during "siesta" time — this should be banned.

* I was bitten by a mosquito — no one said they could bite.

* We booked an excursion to a water park but no one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.


See, common sense doesn't exist anymore.

Pink Leo: Man, this desert is too dry!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What is your priority?

What is your priority?

Some say money...

Some say friend...

Some say family...

Some say children...

Some say spouse...

Some say work... and I happened to know one of these.

Old Bean missed my undergraduate graduation in 2003.

He didn't come for my ROM either in 2006.

And he is going to miss my MBA graduation in 2009.

Because he has to work. Likewise for Mr.Yap, no money no time.

Yes, I agree that job security is very important in this recession.

It seems that in every important event of my life, it is always the period of economic recession that work become more important than me.

My fate, no complaint.

At least he sponsored for my tuition fee. I really appreciate that.

I only hope that Old Bean will come for my wedding in 2010.

If not, I don't know what to say anymore.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Be a volunteer for Singapore 2010

Just received an email from Da, asking me to join her as the volunteer for Singapore 2010, Youth Olympic Games.

This is really the golden opportunity of the lifetime to the part of Olympics... I mean, Youth Olympics.

Are you interested too? Go here

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Go Green!

It is official now, 68 days before balik kampung ke Singapura. Err, not really my kampung, but who cares?

After Spring break, time passes very fast, I don't know why. Anyway, some updates on what I have done in the past few weeks.

25-29 Mar: Dayton, Ohio for the RISE Conference. What is RISE (not rice)?

Redefining Investment Strategy Education...I know, really not my stuff.

Taken during break time

Keynote speakers, got someone from UN, got someone from Turkey, got someone from the big brother... Nevertheless, I know none of them.

Me with my new chingu Sharon (middle) and Jennifer, also another new chingu

A very weird car we found on the street..

Very confusing signboard

My love SASHIMI! Not very fresh though, lao a bit after that

The usual Global Management class with guest speaker...

...A professor from Germany

Little garden in the desert

And, I have started to dump all my old stuff, don't want to carry everything back to Singapore. First of all, is my super old laptop which I been using since 2003. By the way, don't cin cai discard your electronic product like laptop or so, it is harmful to the environment if you do not dispose them properly. Why? Go google it.

So, as the little Green girl that I have always been, I decided to recycle it through

1. They will send you an empty box

2. Place your laptop firmly in the box

3. Close and seal it

4. Drop off at UPS centre.