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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My First visit on Logos Hope

In the 1980s, there was a TV series called Love Boat. Well today I visited on a "Love" boat too but this is more like a non-profit, charitable organization registered in Germany. The main thing for them to get in money and donation is by having a book fair on board of the ship.


OM’s Logos Hope, the ship with the world largest floating book fair and had made it's first visit to Singapore on 16 to 30 December 2011.


To me, this is a new concept. At first I could not imagine how a book fair on board of a vessel will look like. When I stepped in to the Vessel, I found myself transformed into a familiar book store.


Seriously looking the photo you would not imagine you were in the Ship right?


I have to say the vessel was very stable that I could not feel any rocking of the ship at all even when it was parked in the harbor.

One of the interesting book I have found is Mini Book! So cute right?


Beside books, they have CDs too.


As their ship is always moving around the world, they use a representative system for the pricing of the book.


Logos Hope do selling their own merchandises for fund raising such as this mug with the logo on it and more.


The first impression of Logos Hope was it is selling much of Christian books such as bible and some Christian books. However there were also some good children collection and offers on some textbook type of books. As this vessel carry it's own books, some of the books you see in the book fair were rather hard for you to see somewhere else.

For me having a vessel traveling around to spend some good news and contribute some good value to the community it has visited is a good thing.

If Logos Hope is anywhere near you, do drop by to take a look at the international staff on board serving you and the books it carried on board selling.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Christmas has always been special to me. In fact lots of special thing happened to me on Christmas in my life. Most of them are good ones, thank goodness!

When I was a child, my family do not celebrate Christmas but I always fasinated by Christmas tree with it's lighting and decorations. I set my heart that if one day I have my own house and started my own family, having a Christmas tree for Christmas is a must. So now I did have one and I always make a point to make something fun out of it.


Another tradition we started out in my family is having log cake at least during Christmas. So this year we got a white vanilla one and it turned out to be really delicious! I have to control not to eat too much. LOL
Vanilla log cake for Christmas

Wel I hope you guys have a wonderful and good Christmas day as well. Merry Christmas to one and all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Slow Maddness Raging Transport


In the mid 1980s, one transport changes the traveling habits of Singapore. Even when I was in my primary school, I learned the full name of MRT from school which meant Mass Rapid Transport. It was once our nation pride that back then it was a vision transport that will bring Singapore from a developing nation to higher heights.

As we know scoping in any project is vital. Did the planner back then see this coming especially the recent increase in population in Singapore? Was the whole system especially the old lines were design to cater and support a population of 6 million and more?


As the commuter increased, so were the frequency and the weight of the train. It don't take much common sense to question the effective of the transport on a single rail day after day (more than 16 hours a day) especially some of the line were 3 decades old.


With years of increase fare due to the proclamation of raising "operation cost", the service and reliability of the train fall short of public expectation year after year. With the transportation being privatize, the once public transport is now answerable to the board and investor rather than the public nor the commuters.

Projects like opening new train station to cover more areas continue but the maintenance of the rail with the effect of growing population was not well thought through. Even the new circle line broke down a few time. By right, the weather should be the least that affect the train operation but it happened and causes much delay.

The once transport which has a Rapid in the middle name has now reduce the speed by half just to reduce the chances of breaking down. That mean it take more time to travel but the fare remain the same. Is that fair?

One thing for sure, the fault is never on the commuter end and never should be put to pay for it.