iPad and data plans in Singapore

Just wondered if I could just put them in one page for ease of my use. =)

Apple Store (MINDEF epp)

 

 

 

 

StarHub microSIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SingTel iPad price plan

 

 

 

M1 iPad plans

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Something I got off the net

Type B Diet

For Type Bs the biggest factors in weight gain are corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. Each of these foods affect the efficiency of your metabolic process, resulting in fatigue, fluid retention, and hypoglycemia – a severe drop in blood sugar after eating a meal. When you eliminate these foods and begin eating a diet that is right for your type, you blood sugar levels should remain normal after meals. Another very common food that Type Bs should avoid is chicken. Chicken contains a Blood Type B agglutinating lectin in its muscle tissue. Although chicken is a lean meat, the issue is the power of an agglutinating lectin attacking your bloodstream and the potential for it to lead to strokes and immune disorders. Dr. D’Adamo suggests that you wean yourself away from chicken and replace them with highly beneficial foods such as goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit and venison. Other foods that encourage weight loss are green vegetables, eggs, beneficial meats, and low fat dairy. When the toxic foods are avoided and replaced with beneficial foods, Blood Type Bs are very successful in controlling their weight.

Handling Stress

When it comes to hormones, type B is closer to type A, producing somewhat higher levels of cortisol. When a Type B is out of balance, this manifests in overreaction to stress, difficulty in recovering from stress, disrupted sleep patterns, daytime brain fog, disruptive to GI friendly bacteria and suppresses immune function. This leads to increased risks for depression, insulin resistance, hypothyroidism and high stress can further exacerbate virtually all health challenges. The Nitric Oxide (NO) molecule also has implications for Blood Type B’s stress response and ability to recover quickly from stress. NO has emerged as an important substance capable of modifying many biological processes – including the nervous system and the immune system. Nitric Oxide functions as a kind of mediator of certain types of neurons in the central nervous system. Unlike the other neuro-transmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, NO does not bind to specific sites on the cell, but rather is infused into the cell and works directly at the biochemical level, making it a “rapid response” neurotransmitter. NO also seems to be involved in the regulation of the endorphins produced in the brain. The ability to rapidly clear NO can be highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system, but it also has implications for the activity of neurotransmitters, enabling faster recovery of stress. Scientists found that patients who possessed the Type B antigen appeared to clear NO more rapidly than do people of other blood types – the scientists had no clue as to why this might be, however, one of the possible answers lies right next to the ABO gene as the gene that influences the ability to modulate Arginine conversion to NO is right next to the gene that codes for blood type. Remember the gene linkage that was discussed earlier? Does this sound familiar? Dr. D’Adamo has observed that type B’s have a wonderful gift to be able to gain physiological relief from stress and maintain emotional balance through the utilization of mental processes such as visualization and meditation.

Exercise

To maintain the mind/body balance that is unique to Type B’s, Dr. D’Adamo recommends that you choose physical exercise that challenges your mind as well as your body. Type Bs need to balance meditative activities with more intense physical exercise. “You tend to do best with activities that are not too aerobically intense, have an element of mental challenge and involve other people.” Says Dr. D’Adamo. Excellent forms of exercise for Type B’s include tennis, martial arts, cycling, hiking and golf.

The Personality Connection

The connection between blood type and personality has long been studied. In an independent study, Dr. D’Adamo found that most Blood Type B’s often described themselves in ways related to the following characteristics: subjective, easygoing, creative, original and flexible. In another study, Type B’s scored significantly higher on “intuiting,” indicating a preference or sixth sense information; and they scored high on the “intuiting/feeling” combination, indicating that they tend to be insightful, mystical, idealistic, creative, globally-oriented, people-oriented and good at imagining. They also reported that they learned best through listening, then reflecting on and interpreting what they had observed. Perhaps the nomadic life of the steppes contributed to long hours given over to talk as well as ample time for meditation and reflection.

Live Right!

Here are Dr. D’Adamo’s key lifestyle strategies for Type Bs: Visualization is a powerful technique for Type Bs. If you can visualize it, you can achieve it Find healthy ways to express your nonconformist side Spend at least twenty minutes a day involved in some creative task that requires your complete attention Go to bed no later than 11:00PM and sleep for eight hours or more. It is essential for B’s to maintain their circadian rhythm Use meditation to relax during breaks Engage in a community, neighborhood or other group activity that gives you a meaningful connection to a group. Type Bs are natural born networkers Be spontaneous As they age, Type Bs have a tendency to suffer memory loss and have decreased mental acuity. Stay sharp by doing tasks that require concentration, such as crossword puzzles or learn a new skill or language

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Politics in Singapore

Today, I was reading an article by Asst Professor Eugene Tan from SMU and it spurred some thoughts in me and I wrote him an email, here it is:

Dear Professor,

I had been a  frequent follower of your articles on politics, especially the ones on election.  It is interesting for me to be able to see your perspectives on the political situation in Singapore and I share a lot of similar feelings.  Today’s article was quite enlightening. Please allow let me give you some of my take which I feel may be close to yours.
1.  No feasible opposition model for success
I feel that a lot of Singaporeans are blaming PAP / Government for the lack of “political freedom” and I feel that a lot of times they may just had made a sweeping statement because the state of political affairs is not just the result of the ruling party but also that of the people.  I feel that the opposition had also not been able to strengthen itself into a much more powerful machine.  I find that the opposition lack this central concept of vision of how they see Singapore based on their party’s manifesto and how they want to develop and grow the country if they are handed the government.  Instead all they do, in my view, is target piecemeal PAP policies, and does not seem to contribute to the overall opposition strategy.
I for one, do not want to see our country becoming another US, UK or Australia where the country is embroiled in political deadlock, faces policy problems for ministries such as Defence which requires very long term plans.  eg. in Australia, many defence procurements and development faces lots of problem due to the frequent change of government.  So how do we see how Singapore should develop into a balanced democratic country?
There are many reasons why PAP remains in power, for example a large part could be due to the general success of most PAP policies (of course there are quite a number which are not as good, just like any other governments in the world).  The other part which always amazes me is that the flow of talents into PAP which the opposition seems to lack. I always wonder why is it that many of these talents in their own career fields continue to flood PAP and not want to build up a strong opposition when so many complaints are heard in alternate media about their “hatred” to PAP and its governnent, so what is the draw of PAP that these intelligent, successful and capable people are not in the oppostion.  Money is obviously not the problem, Shanmugan and Ng Eng Hen types make so much more money than they do as a minister.  I just feel that the tyranny of minority is sometimes at play as the turnout and the results of voting seems to show that a lot of Singaporeans still support PAP to a certain extent.
2.  Ease of using GRCs
Of course the PAP doesnt help to make the situation better by manipulating (intentional or not) GRCs as ways to field in their candidates.  For eg, Liew Tuck Yew who rose the faster amongst the new MPs was placed in a strong GRC, where he can be “protected” by our MM.  These actions by PAP, and the drastic redrawing of GRCs only further throw up speculations that the PAP was trying to manipulate.  I had followed the 3 last great GRC fights at Eunos (Dr Tay Eng Soon vs Francis Seow), then Cheng San and followed by Aljunied in 2006.  Everytime I hope that the opposition can be successful such that there can be an opposition GRC for the opposition to build up some credentials and experience.  This is similar in a way to how Malaysian politics had changed.  I would want to see how DAP can build up Penang and how they can demonstrate the values of a government with a sufficiently strong opposition as a check and balance.  But i do not want to see the type of politicking happening in Malaysia, it’s starting to become a joke.
3.  Are our politicians becoming bureaucrats?
Lastly, our politicians, could the ease of going into government due to the strength of PAP and the GRC system created a class of PAP politicians which are not strong politically but selected because they are great bureaucrats?  Even though Minister George Yeo is a great thinker and good minister, I was wishing deep inside that Aljunied should fall to the opposition so that our politicians can get a real fight, and PAP needs to react and respond to the loss of one in their core team.
Prof, these are just some collection of thoughts I have after reading your article.  They are not meant to criticise or anything bad, but rather for me to see if you have feedback based on yr experience on this.  I hope if you do not mind, to reply to me with some feedback for my learning.
thank you

The article on Today newspapers

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My Dissertation

This was written when I was completing my course in Strategic Studies.  This is something which I’m keenly interested in.

The dissertation in PDF

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