Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
> So we finally did it.
> We bought matching Rado watches!
> We got 20% off then a further 10% off and a free rado pen knife and a free nights stay at marina bay sands.
> How cool is that. X
> Holiday was amazing, we are both licensed scuba divers now.
> Photos to follow soon!
Friday, October 15, 2010
the last few hours of toggling with widgets and ever-new-ever-complicated codes had got me on my nerves so much so that at one point I was desperate to give up dealing with blogspot and to consider diving into greener pastures such as wordpress or I-don't-know, u tell me.
Fine, I lied. I would have jumped from the start, if I wanted to. u jump, I jump.
All it took was to start thinking out of the box, the mud, the original source page which after many failed attempts of trying to stick the right words inbetween the hundreds of right brackets. Instead of hitting head on with the brick wall, I changed my strategy, I bullheaded exploring the widgets that were available for me to carry out my plan B.
Years of stuck in the mud, all it took was just 5minutes to hit the bulleye.
Yes, for the first time in so many years, I'm proud to say that our little space is alot cleaner and more concise, alot easy to start adding more ribbons and colors.
It's time to spruce up this garden.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Mrs Lee Kuan Yew, age 89, passed away peacefully at home at 5.40 pm.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said the wake is held at Sri Temasek, official residence of the Prime Minister located within the Istana grounds, from October 4—5.
Visitors who wish to pay their last respects may do so on October 4—5 from 10am to 5pm.
Members of the public may call 6835 6614 for any queries.
A private funeral will take place on October 6 at Mandai Crematorium.
The family requests that no obituaries and no wreaths or flowers to be sent.
All donations will go to the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) Health Research Endowment Fund.
Madam Kwa was one of 8 children.
An outstanding student at Methodist Girls’ School, she also topped the 1936 Senior Cambridge Examination for the whole of Malaya and Singapore.
At Raffles Institution, she caught the attention of a young Lee Kuan Yew when she gave him unexpectedly stiff competition for a Queen’s Scholarship.
But academic rivalry aside, he knew he had found his equal, and his soul mate.
Their relationship grew through the years of Japanese Occupation, and by September 1944, love had blossomed.
When World War II ended, Mr Lee left to study law in England in 1946. But he was miserable until she joined him at Cambridge University a year later.
The two married secretly on 23 December 1947.
She had just turned 27, and he was 24.
Mrs Lee said: "You can’t explain these things ... He had tremendous aplomb, self—confidence, very jaunty, he was a handsome young man."
When they returned to Singapore in 1950, they tied the knot again, this time with their parents’ full knowledge.
When Mr Lee got more involved in politics and became Singapore’s Prime Minister in 1959, it was Mrs Lee and his younger brother, Lee Kim Yew, who built up and expanded Lee & Lee — the law firm all 3 had set up in 1955.
Mr Lee once said his great advantage was that he had a wife who could be a sole breadwinner and bring the children up.
That was his, quote, "insurance policy," which allowed him to play the role he did in Singapore’s history.
In October 2003 — Mrs Lee suffered a stroke while on a visit to London.
Fortunately, she made a swift recovery and was again seen in public at her husband’s side at community events, and on official trips overseas.
And she was there when Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore’s third Prime Minister.
Although she had shied away from a high profile, her contributions to Singapore had been most significant, and pivotal to its history.
"If she weren’t an influence, supposing I had married somebody else, I might have become a different person, not that I would be a different person, but the things that I would have been able to do, the kind of backdrop I would have had, family, support, would have been different," said MM Lee. — CNA /ls