Little India riot attract many attention these few days. People talked about this incident, this is the hot topic of discussion this week. Why this is the so hot news because Singapore has no riots in the past four decade.
This Little India riot gives us some lesion that peace is not something natural. Those who were against the law will be charged in court if they were arrested. Those who damaged the properties like Police cars, Ambulance vehicle will be dealt with if they were caught.
Singapore is the small country, the government will definitely do something to prevent such things happen again. Yes, We need peaceful environment here. Little India riot's issue will be handled by the authorities and the complete and detailed information will be revealed sooner.
William Tan Seng
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Little India riot attract many attention these few days. People talked about this incident, this is the hot topic of discussion this week. Why this is the so hot news because Singapore has no riots in the past four decade.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Buddha’s teachings can resolve today’s conflicts too – President at UN Vesak Day
Friday, November 8, 2013
Namoamituofo. If We want to live longer and have the good health. The secret is giving true love to all animals. We are all part of the universe, the only difference is that we are more intelligent than them. Being more intelligent not mean we can bully these stupid one. Remember they do not want suffering also. If we kill them, our life will not go smoothly for sure but this statement only the awaken one and Buddhists, hindu or some other religion know. Do not kill them and we will be blessed. Because we never create fear for them, we will be ready live in peace. Do not kill animals mean giving peace for animals. This is the great contribution.Stop killing can lead us to have peaceful life, stop eating animals, we will be more
healthy. All are one. We treat animals with compassion because we are
all brothers, sisters. If we kill them, next life when we become
animals, we will get killed. Why we want to kill them? We will be truly
blessed if we adopt the buddha way of living-the pure and normal life
style. Time to wake up and stop all suffering.
Buddha has many followers in this world because the teachings are ready peaceful. Not even one ant we can kill, Buddha just simply told us the reality of universe. Furthermore, Buddha told us to have enlightenment, we need to stop all desires and do not follow the abnormal ways that human beings do.
Yes, to go back to the original mindset, we need to learn how to attain it.
Remember: To prevent get killed, we need to stop killing. With unconditional kindness to all type of animals, then we will be respected. If not, we have to pay back sooner and later, this is just the truth. Who know? Only the truly wise one know.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Master Chin Kung is now sharing his wisdom in the SriLanka girl school. Yes, Master Chin Kung had already reached SriLanka to give talk about Buddhism. Master Chin Kung was invited by SriLanka's President to give Buddha teaching for one month. I hope SriLanka can become the model peaceful country that all different group, different faiths can live harmoniously, happily. All help each others regardless of what races, religions....This not wealthy country stress the importance of quality life, simply and fulfilling life. that people have the happy, healthy life. Yes, SriLanka can bring hope to the whole world. I am now enjoying the live talk Singapore time 12pm to 2pm.From 29-May-2013 onwards, We have the golden chance to hear Master Chin Kung Buddha talk and great advice to all human beings. I personally will watch the live show at below link for one month. On 29 May 2013, Master chin kung told us how to have happy life. His own experiences is to have clean heart, eat vegetarian food and help others through sharing his thought of happy living. Master Chin Kung is now 87years old and these few days, he tirelessly give lectures to enlighten human beings 4hours everyday. Many people are benefiting from his teaching. Even Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak like to listen to his advice. Master Chin Kung united 9 religions in Singapore at year 2000. In year 2005, he spread the traditional teaching in his home town China Anhui province, within one year, people there became very cultured, good manners and the occurrence was presented in united nation. Now, he have sucessfully united many religions in Australia Toowoobai. Today there is the live broadcast here Master Chin Kung in SriLarnka Buddha talk
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
(The four clear and decisive instructions on purity:)
Ananda straightened his robes and then, in the midst of the assembly, placed his palms together and bowed. His mind was perfectly clear, and he felt a mixture of joy and sorrow. His intent was to benefit beings of the future as he made obeisance and said to the Buddha, "Greatly Compassionate Bhagavan. I have already awakened and attained this Dharma-door for becoming a Buddha, and I can cultivate it without the slightest doubt. I have often heard the Tathagata say, 'Save others first; then save yourself. That is the aspiration of a Bodhisattva. Once your own enlightenment is perfected, then you can enlighten others. That is the way the Tathagatas respond to the world.' Although I am not yet saved, I vow to save all beings of the Dharma-ending Age.
"Bhagavan, those beings are from the Buddha's time, and there will be as many deviant teachers propounding their teachings as there are sand grains in the Ganges. I want to enable those beings to collect their thoughts and enter Samadhi. How can I cause them to reside peacefully in a Way-place, far away from exploits of demons, and be irreversible in their resolve for Bodhi?"
At that time, the Bhagavan praised Ananda in front of the whole assembly, saying, "Good indeed! How good it is that you have asked how to establish a Way-place and to rescue and protect beings who are sunk in the morass of the final age. Listen well, now, and I will tell you."
Ananda and the great assembly agreed to uphold the teaching.
The Buddha told Ananda, "You constantly hear me explain in the Vinaya that there are three decisive aspects to cultivation. That is, collecting one's thoughts constitutes the precepts; from the precepts comes Samadhi; and from Samadhi arises wisdom. These are called the Three Non-Outflow Studies. "
"Ananda, why do I call collecting one's thoughts the precepts? If beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no sexual desire, they would not have to undergo a continual succession of births and deaths. Your basic purpose in cultivating Samadhi is to transcend the wearisome defilements. But if you do not renounce sexual desire, you will not be able to get out of the dust. Even though people may have some wisdom and the manifestation of Dhyana Samadhi, if they do not exterminate sexual desire, they are certain to enter demonic paths. At best, they will become demon kings; on the average, they will become members of the retinue of demons; at the lowest level, they will become female demons. These demons all have their groups of disciples. Each claims that he has accomplished the Unsurpassed Way. After my Nirvana, in the Dharma-ending Age, these hordes of demons will abound, spreading like wildfire as they openly practice greed and lust, while claiming to be Good Knowing Advisors. They will cause beings to fall into the pit of love and views and lose the way to Bodhi."
"When you teach people of the world to cultivate Samadhi, they must first of all cut off the mind of sexual desire. This is the first clear and decisive instruction on purity given by the Tathagatas, the Buddhas of the past, the Bhagavans. Therefore, Ananda, if cultivators of Dhyana Samadhi do not exterminate sexual desire, they are like someone who cooks sand hoping to get rice. After hundreds of thousands of eons, it will still just be hot sand. Why? It wasn't rice to begin with; it was only sand. If you seek the Buddha's wonderful fruition with a body of sexual desire, then even if you attain a wonderful awakening, it is still based on sexual desire. With sexual desire at the source, you will revolve in the three paths and not be able to get out. Which road will you take to cultivate and be certified to the Tathagata's Nirvana? You must exterminate the sexual desire which is intrinsic to both body and mind, then get rid of even the aspect of extermination. At that point you have some hope of attaining the Buddha's Bodhi. What I have said here is the Buddhas' teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan(demon king)."
"Further, Ananda, if beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no thoughts of killing, they would not have to a undergo a continual succession of births and deaths. Your basic purpose in cultivating Samadhi is to transcend the wearisome defilements. But if you do not renounce your thoughts of killing, you will not be able to get out of the dust. Even though people may have some wisdom and the manifestation of Dhyana Samadhi, they are certain to enter the path of spirits if they do not cease killing. At best, they will become ghosts of great strength; on the average, they will become flying yakshas, ghost leaders, or the like; at the lowest level, they will become earth-bound rakshasas. These ghosts and spirits all have their followers. Each claims that he has accomplished the Unsurpassed Way. After my Nirvana, in the Dharma-ending Age, these hordes of ghosts and spirits will abound, spreading like wildfire as they argue that eating meat will bring one to the Bodhi Way. Ananda, I permit the Bhikshus to eat five kinds of pure meat. This meat is actually a transformation brought into being by my spiritual powers. It basically has no life-force. You Brahmans live in a climate so hot and humid, and on such sandy and rocky land, that vegetables will not grow; therefore, I have had to assist you with spiritual powers and compassion. Because of this magnanimous kindness and compassion, this so-called meat suits your taste. After my extinction, how can those who eat the flesh of beings be called the disciples of Shakya? You should know that, even if these meat-eaters may enter the heart-open state similar to Samadhi, they are all great Rakshas. When their retribution ends, they are bound to sink into the bitter sea of birth and death. They are not disciples of the Buddha. Such people as these kill and eat one another in a never-ending cycle. How can such people transcend the Triple Realm? "
"When you teach people of the world to cultivate Samadhi, they must also cease killing. This is the second clear and decisive instruction on purity given by the Tathagatas, the Buddhas of the Past, the Bhagavans. Therefore, Ananda, if cultivators of Dhyana Samadhi do not stop killing, they are like one who stops up his ears and calls out in a loud voice, thinking that no one hears him.. He tries to cover up the sound, but only makes it greater. Pure Bhikshus and Bodhisattvas who practice purity will not even step on grass in the pathway; even less would they pull it up with their hands. How could anyone with great compassion consume the flesh and blood of beings? Bhikshus who do not wear silk, leather boots, furs, or down, whether imported or found locally, and who do not consume milk, cream, or butter, can truly transcend this world. When they have paid back their past debts, they will not have to re-enter the Triple Realm. Why not? When someone wears anything taken from a living creature, he creates relationships with the creature, just as when people ate the hundred grains, their feet could not leave the earth. Both physically and mentally one must avoid the bodies and the by-products of beings, by neither wearing them nor eating them. I say that such people have true liberation. What I have said here is the Buddhas' teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan(demon king)."
"Further, Ananda, if beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no thoughts of stealing, they would not have to undergo a continuous succession of births and deaths. Your basic purpose in cultivating Samadhi is to transcend the wearisome defilements. But if you do not renounce your thoughts of stealing, you will not be able to get out of the dust. Even though people may have some wisdom and the manifestation of Dhyana Samadhi, they are certain to enter a deviant path if they do not cease stealing. At best, they will become spirits; on the average, they will become evil ghosts; at the lowest level, they will become deviant people who are possessed by various sprites. These deviant hordes all have their followers. Each claims that he has accomplished the Unsurpassed Way. After my Nirvana, in the Dharma-ending Age, these evil and deviant entities will abound, spreading like wildfire as they surreptitiously cheat others. Calling themselves good knowing advisors, they will each claim that they have attained the Unsurpassed Dharma. Enticing and deceiving the ignorant, or frightening people out of their wits, they disrupt and lay waste to households wherever they go."
"I teach the Bhikshus to beg for their food according to where they are, in order to help them renounce greed and accomplish the Bodhi Way. The Bhikshus do not prepare their own food, so that, at the end of this life of transitory existence in the Triple Realm, they can show themselves to be Once-returners who go and do not return. How could thieves put on my robes and sell the Tathagata, saying that all manner of karma one creates is just the Buddha-Dharma? They slander Bhikshus who have left the home life and taken the complete precepts, saying that they belong to the path of Hinayana(Small Vehicle). In this way, they confuse innumerous beings, causing them to go astray, until they fall into the Unintermittent Hell."
"After my Nirvana, I affirm that Bhikshus who have a decisive resolve to cultivate Samadhi, and who before the images of Tathagatas can light an oil lamp in their bodies or burn off a finger, or burn even one incense stick on their bodies, will, in that moment repay their debts from beginningless time past. They can depart from the world and be forever free of outflows. Though they may not have instantly understood the Unsurpassed Enlightenment, they will already have firmly set their minds on the Dharma. If one does not practice any of these token renunciations of the body on the causal level, then even if one realizes the unconditioned, one will still have to come back as a person to repay one's past debts, exactly as I had to undergo the retribution of having to eat the grain meant for horses."
"When you teach people of the world to cultivate Samadhi, they must also cease stealing. This is the third clear and decisive instruction on purity given by the Tathagatas, the Buddhas of the past, the Bhagavans. Therefore, Ananda, if cultivators of Dhyana Samadhi do not cease stealing, they are like someone who pours water into a leaking cup hoping to fill it. He may continue for as many eons as there are atoms of universe, but, in the end, the cup still will not be full. If Bhikshus do not store away anything else than their robes and bowls; if they give what is left over from their food-offerings to hungry beings; if they put their palms together and make obeisance to the entire great assembly; if when people scold them they can treat it as praise; if they can sacrifice their very bodies and minds, giving their flesh, bones, and blood to living creatures; and if they do not repeat the non-ultimate teachings of the Tathagata as though they were their own explanations, misleading those who have just begun to study; then Buddhas certify that they will attain true Samadhi. What I have said here is the Buddhas' teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan(demon king)."
"Ananda, although beings in the six paths of any mundane world may not kill, steal, or lust either physically or mentally, these three aspects of their conduct thus being perfect, if they tell various major lies, then the Samadhi they attain will not be pure. They will become demons of love and views and will lose the seed of the Tathagata. They claim that they have attained what they have not attained, and that they have been certified when they have not been certified. Perhaps they seek to be foremost in the world, most venerated and superior people. They announce to their audiences that they have attained the fruition of a Shrotaapanna, of a Sakridagamin, of an Anagamin, of Arhatship, of the Pratyekabuddha Vehicle, or the various levels of Bodhisattvahood up to and including the Ten Bhumi(stage)s, in order to cause others to revere and repent in front of them and because they are greedy for offerings. These icchantikas destroy the seeds of Buddhahood just as surely as a tala-tree is destroyed if it is chopped down. The Buddha predicts that such people cut off their good roots forever and lose their knowledge and vision. Immersed in the sea of the Three Sufferings, they cannot attain Samadhi."
"I command that after my Nirvana, Bodhisattvas and Arhats appear in response-bodies in the Dharma-ending Age, and take various forms in order to rescue those in the cycle of rebirth. They should either become Shramanas, white-robed laypeople, kings, ministers or officials, virgin youths or maidens, and so forth, even prostitutes, widows, profligates, thieves, butchers, or dealers in contraband, be confreres of these kinds of people, praise the Buddha Vehicle and cause them to enter Samadhi in body and mind. But they should never say of themselves, 'I am truly a Bodhisattva'; or 'I am truly an Arhat,' or let the Buddhas' secret cause leak out by speaking casually to those who have not yet studied, other than at the end of their lives and then only to those who inherit the teaching. Otherwise, aren't such people deluding and confusing beings and indulging in gross false claims?"
"When you teach people in the world to cultivate Samadhi, they must also cease all lying. This is the fourth clear and decisive instruction on purity given by the Tathagatas and the Buddhas of the past, the Bhagavans. Therefore, Ananda, one who does not cut off lying is like a person who carves a piece of human excrement to look like chandana, hoping to make it fragrant. He is attempting the impossible. I teach the Bhikshus that the straight mind is the Way-place and that in all aspects of their practice of the Four Majestic Deportments they should avoid falseness. How could they claim to have themselves attained the Dharmas of a superior person? That would be like a poor person falsely calling himself an emperor and thereby bringing about his own execution. Much less should one attempt to usurp the title of the Dharma King. When the cause-ground is not true, the effects will be distorted. One who seeks the Buddha's Bodhi in that way is like a person who tries to bite his own navel. Who could possibly succeed in that?"
"If the Bhikshus' minds are as straight as bow-strings, and they are true and real in everything they do, then they can enter Samadhi and never be involved in the deeds of demons. I certify that such people will accomplish the Bodhisattvas' Unsurpassed Knowledge and Enlightenment. What I have said here is the Buddhas' teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan(demon king)."
The above-mentioned are so important if one wants to attain Nirvana or stop the cycle of incarnation.
Posted by coolingstar9 at 9:00 PM
Trying to be a good Buddhist in the modern world is not easy; there is much that conspires against one on every side. Out of all the various concepts of the Buddhist faith, only two or three really stand out as central and dominant. In this respect, I suppose impermanence, bliss and compassion stand out to me as being really central ideas, about which much else revolves peripherally. Karma and rebirth are both concepts Buddhism has taken from Hinduism.
‘Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.’ 
‘...it is said that as long as one is in cyclic existence, one is in the grip of some form of suffering.’ 
‘Non-attachment...views desire as faulty, thereby deliberately restraining desire...’ 
‘...when you have attachment to, for instance, material things, it is best to desist from that activity. It is taught that one should have few desires and have satisfaction - detachment - with respect to material things...’ 
‘...the sense of an object as being attractive, unattractive, or neutral...feelings of pleasure, pain, or neutrality arise. Due to such feelings, attachment develops, this being the attachment of not wanting to separate from pleasure and the attachment of wanting to separate from suffering...’ 
‘...the mental factor of desire...accompanies the perception of an attractive object...’ 
Buddha teaching on detachment is so important. The great Buddha taught us human beings two ways, one is convenient way and the other is real or true way. This is because human beings basically has two types, one is talented, the other one is not so talented and full of silly mind set. To teach those blurred one, Buddha used convenient methods, for those talented one who can understand deeper, Buddha taught real or true methods. Both methods aimed at enlighten them sooner or later. When Buddha taught us detachment, this is the true and real way. Buddha said that he had uttered nothing. He just want to awaken people and utter the wisdom words. Training the Mind: Verse 2 . Dalia Lama is the person with great wisdom, we can see the writing from him, the link here Buddha teaching on detachment and now we read some of his writing as below.
May I view myself as the lowest amongst all,
And, from the very depths of my heart,
Respectfully hold others as superior.
True compassion and love in the context of training of the mind is based on the simple recognition that others, just like myself, naturally aspire to be happy and to overcome suffering, and that others, just like myself, have the natural right to fulfill that basic aspiration. The empathy you develop toward a person based on recognition of this basic fact is universal compassion. There is no element of prejudice, no element of discrimination. This compassion is able to be extended to all sentient beings, so long as they are capable of experiencing pain and happiness. Thus, the essential feature of true compassion is that it is universal and not discriminatory. As such, training the mind in cultivating compassion in the Buddhist tradition first involves cultivating a thought of even-mindedness, or equanimity, toward all sentient beings. For example, you may reflect upon the fact that such-and-such a person may be your friend, your relative, and so forth in this life, but that this person may have been, from a Buddhist point of view, your worst enemy in a past life. Similarly, you apply the same sort of reasoning to someone you consider an enemy: although this person may be negative toward you and is your enemy in this life, he or she could have been your best friend in a past life, or could have been related to you, and so on. By reflecting upon the fluctuating nature of one's relationships with others and also on the potential that exists in all sentient beings to be friends and enemies, you develop this even-mindedness or equanimity.
The practice of developing or cultivating equanimity involves a form of detachment, but it is important to understand what detachment means. Sometimes when people hear about the Buddhist practice of detachment, they think that Buddhism is advocating indifference toward all things, but that is not the case. First, cultivating detachment, one could say, takes the sting out of discriminatory emotions toward others that are based on considerations of distance or closeness. You lay the groundwork on which you can cultivate genuine compassion extending to all other sentient beings. The Buddhist teaching on detachment does not imply developing an attitude of disengagement from or indifference to the world or life.
Moving on to another line of the verse, I think it is important to understand the expression "May I see myself lower than all others" in the right context. Certainly it is not saying that you should engage in thoughts that would lead to lower self-esteem, or that you should lose all sense of hope and feel dejected, thinking, "I'm the lowest of all. I have no capacity, I cannot do anything and have no power." This is not the kind of consideration of lowness that is being referred to here. The regarding of oneself as lower than others really has to be understood in relative terms. Generally speaking, human beings are superior to animals. We are equipped with the ability to judge between right and wrong and to think in terms of the future and so on. However, one could also argue that in other respects human beings are inferior to animals. For example, animals may not have the ability to judge between right and wrong in a moral sense, and they might not have the ability to see the long-term consequences of their actions, but within the animal realm there is at least a certain sense of order. If you look at the African savannah, for example, predators prey on other animals only out of necessity when they are hungry. When they are not hungry, you can see them coexisting quite peacefully. But we human beings, despite our ability to judge between right and wrong, sometimes act out of pure greed. Sometimes we engage in actions purely out of indulgence--we kill out of a sense of "sport," say, when we go hunting or fishing. So, in a sense, one could argue that human beings have proven to be inferior to animals. It is in such relativistic terms that we can regard ourselves as lower than others. One of the reasons for using the word "lower" is to emphasize that normally when we give in to ordinary emotions of anger, hatred, strong attachment, and greed, we do so without any sense of restraint. Often we are totally oblivious to the impact our behavior has on other sentient beings. But by deliberately cultivating the thought of regarding others as superior and worthy of your reverence, you provide yourself with a restraining factor. Then, when emotions arise, they will not be so powerful as to cause you to disregard the impact of your actions upon other sentient beings. It is on these grounds that recognition of others as superior to yourself is suggested.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
I want to go pure land. Today I listen to Master Chin Kung live talk n0. 455 Pure land drama. Master Chin Kung tell us to believe causes and effects because this is the real truth. He say that do not think causes and effects are fake, then you will be regret later. He tell us to follow and respect parents and teachers' good advice.
I ready appreciate Master Chin Kung endless and tireless advices telling us to abstain from all bad deeds.
Due to my constant stupidity, I had done a lot of bad deeds even just few minutes ago. Now, I know my time in this earth become less and less, I have to wake up now before it is too late. I know it is so fortunate to have the very good on line teacher Master Chin Kung. Master Chin Kung indeed show us the excellent example what the Buddhist must do.
Yes, Now I sincerely repent what I had done had deeds in the past. I now want to become spiritual hero, give up all the bad habits and greedy mind set, confused mind set, abnormal mind set. I have to recite Namoamituofo now. Yes, I want to go pure land. I want to change my destiny and prepare to go pure land. Pure land blog
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Whenever I am free, I like to listen to master chin kung talk. In order to learn something, I think I have to write little note to remind myself. Now I am reading pure land 2012 talk no. 444 二零一二淨土大經科註（第四四四集)
Master Chin Kung remind disciples to take note that the most important in learning pure land is to always recite Amituofo and make it the daily habit. Because the last mind set will decide our next destination, so daily reciting of Amituofo is very important. Our mind set must be totally focused, then with our will and Amituofo's help, we will be escorted to the pure land to continue learning the awaken dharma.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Our mind set decide our next destination. Can you imagine what type of lifestyle if we adopt the following ways. If we can act coolly whatever good or bad situation happened to us. That mean we don't be affected by all kind of situation. This is the ideal state indeed. Now We look at what lifestyle they adopt, most people are affected by good and bad situation greatly. If we adopt the cool and steady styles, we are ready the normal one.
But how to have cool lifestyle, we need to realise something to enable us wanting to have this type of cool style and this is the true normal. Yes, we can not just follow our wild desires that have no disciplines. We need to have clear mind then we have the chance to have long period of cool time or even last for whole life. We need to train up to have original mind or pure mind.
If our mind is totally pure then we have the chance to go pure land last day on this earth. If you have good mind you can go good place like heaven. But you have bad or evil mind, then you are likely going to be in evil realm, some call it hell, some call it ghost or even reborn into animals according to Hinduism and Buddhism spiritual saints. It is logical that our mind set decide our next destination.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Moral education needed urgently in Singapore. Recently we also hear about high profile people doing many immoral acts. School principle did immoral act, high profile civil servants never followed code of conducts. This is the saddest occurrence. Men were caught having immoral acts with teenage girls. Yes, men should be charged and blamed. How about those teenage girls think teenage girls must be educated on proper moral behaviours as well. They must be charged as well. I think schools, medias can instil moral values. It is good to have one moral channel or radio so as people have the chance to learn all these moral values to prevent the similar immoral acts coming often.
I think people nowadays are greatly influenced by western immoral values. They just follow their desires blindly. It is true that people will follow their desires blindly unless there is some healthy messages instil to them. If not they are likely to do immoral acts especially in this age whereas all kinds of web site can be accessed through Internet. Because of so call " freedom ". it will pollute human beings mind set. Many web site are operated by immoral human beings, what they concern are just earn money, they simply do not care what our mind set polluted or not. Few days ago, I read about the news that foreign dating site is coming to Singapore soon to promote having more sex partners. If the authority never do something to block this type of immoral web site, then we can expect more and more immoral acts being reported on newspapers and the cases reported on newspapers just simply the numbers and the reality is the whole lots will be doing immoral acts behind the scenes. Now We are waiting to see the authority any measures to counter the immoral waves coming gradually and slowly. Moral education needed urgently in Singapore.
I think it is good to have one centralised moral education channel so as we all have the chances to study and learn the good common moral values, it will tell us what are wrong and right. If not, our mind will be full of immoral materials and time to have healthy moral education programmes. I hope to see such things happening so as our next generation can be saved before it is too late.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
COE bidding prices dropped. COE new bidding outcome is welcomed by drivers because the prices are decreasing this time. COE means Certificate of Entitlement. If you want to own a car, then you have to pay COE prices. This is the measure to control the numbers of cars in Singapore. You have to pay extra money COE prices.
The COE price for small cars (1600cc and below) is now $76,889, which is over $8,000 lower than the previous price on 9 October. For big cars (1600cc) is $87,910, which is over $5,590 lower than the previous result. Purchasers of goods vehicles and buses have to pay $68,002, which is over $8,000 lesser than the previous price. It is $92,289 for vehicles in the open category, which is also lower than the previous result of $93,889. COE for motorcycles is $1,804, lower than the previous bidding result of $1,961. A total of 2,392 bids were received but only 1,769 were successful. This is lower than the previous 2,629 bids received in the previous exercise, where 1,760 were successful.Following sharp rises in the last few bidding exercises, Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums fell across the board at the end of the latest exercise yesterday, catching industry players by surprise.
Premiums for Category B and E had crossed the S$90,000-mark in the previous bidding exercise, following the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) move last month to implement engine power caps on top of the current restrictions on engine capacities for smaller cars starting next February.
However, bidding appeared to be conducted more cautiously in yesterday’s exercise, with prices starting to rise only after 3.30pm. Premiums in Category A (1,600cc and below) and B (1,601cc and above) hovered in the S$60,000 range before jumping steeply in the minutes before the exercise closed at 4pm.
COE bidding prices dropped means drives have money on hand. They are laughing of course.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew had said that the Government has no plans to introduce additional cooling measures on COE prices “in the foreseeable future”, noting that despite recent increases, premiums “generally stayed below their peak level prior to the introduction of the restrictions” by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in February.
Motor traders attributed yesterday’s dive in premiums to lacklustre sales in the past two weeks, as well as uncertainty in the economy brought on by the partial US government shutdown.
Singapore Vehicle Traders Association’s Honorary Secretary Raymond Tang said the premiums for commercial vehicles likely tempered as “buyers may have found that a S$76,000 COE is too overpriced”.
Mr Ron Lim, General Manager of Nissan Agent Tan Chong Motor, had been expecting premiums to fall but was surprised by the “swiftness and magnitude of the correction”.
Managing Director of Car Times Automobile Eddie Loo said customers were probably “put off by the S$90,000 COE premiums”. However, he felt that the slump could be a “one-off knee-jerk reaction” and customers, lured by lower prices, would likely return. “Also, the competition among distributors will start in December, when everyone will be fighting to meet their sales quotas,” he added.
Both dealers also noted that premiums for big cars could increase in the coming exercises, with luxury car distributors launching new models such as the new Mercedes S-Class.
Said Mr Lim: “For buyers in that segment, money is not a problem. They probably just want the car fast before Chinese New Year, so if dealers can secure the COE premiums fast, they can fulfil their deliveries.” COE bidding prices dropped the good news for drivers indeed.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Joseph Schooling is the Singapore swimmer star. Schooling had participated the 2012 Olympics swimming competition. The exposure on the international stage definitely boost up his confidence and the biggest dream for him and Singapore is on 2016 Olympics game. Schooling has solid three years to train up before 2016 Olympics game. There is the possibility that Schooling can achieve this golden dream. An Olympics medal for Olympics swimming competition is the plus factor the red dot Singapore. Now Joseph School can totally focus on the training without distraction because the understanding Singapore government will not send him for military training before 2016 Olympics game.
SINGAPORE — Talented swimmer Joseph Schooling secured a significant breakthrough for Singapore sports yesterday when he became the first athlete to be granted long-term deferment from National Service (NS), thus allowing him to pursue his dream of winning an Olympic medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen announced in Parliament yesterday that the 18-year-old United States-based teenager will not have to enlist for NS next year after he graduates from Bolles School in Florida next May.
Dr Ng made the announcement in reply to a question from Jurong GRC Member of Parliament David Ong, who had asked if the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) would consider providing a more flexible approach to NS enlistment for top male athletes to enable them to excel at their sport while they are at their prime.
The Defence Minister first explained that deferment from full-time NS may be granted “in exceptional circumstances to individual sportsmen, who are assessed to be potential medal winners at international competitions like the Olympic Games and (able to) bring national pride to the country”.
However, these athletes must show why deferment is necessary for them to train full-time and compete successfully at international competitions. “Each case will be assessed individually in consultation with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY),” added Dr Ng.
In Mr Schooling’s case, Dr Ng revealed that his parents — May and Colin — had applied to MINDEF to defer their son’s NS earlier in the year.
The appeal had included detailed plans of Joseph’s training schedules and targets, which included competing successfully at the 2016 Olympics.
“The MCCY supported the appeal for deferment as they assessed that based on his previous achievements in international competitions, Mr Schooling had the potential to do well in the next Olympic Games,” said Dr Ng.
“As this appeal satisfied all the conditions for deferment of exceptional sportsman, the Armed Forces Council has decided to grant deferment to Mr Schooling ... in order for him to train and do well in the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Widely regarded as Singapore’s brightest swimming talent in recent years, Mr Schooling, who specialises in the 100m and 200m butterfly, is ranked in the top three in the two events with Americans in his age group.
He also holds five individual national records (50m, 100m and 200m fly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley) and was also the youngest semi-finalist in the 200m fly and 200m IM at the world championships in Barcelona this year.
Singapore has never won an Olympic medal in swimming.
It came close on two occasions — at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when Ang Peng Siong won the 100m freestyle B final to emerge overall ninth, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Tao Li finished fifth in the women’s 100m fly final.
But more than just a boost to Singapore’s Olympic medal hopes, Mr Schooling’s deferment represents a milestone and a small breakthrough in local sports with regard to NS, said many local sports officials.
Prior to yesterday’s announcement, no male athlete had been granted full deferment of NS. Several, however, have had their enlistment dates pushed back by a few months to accommodate their participation in regional Games.
The inability of top male athletes to train regularly during NS has also often been cited as a reason for their failure to excel in their sports after completing NS.
But despite the breakthrough, Dr Ng reiterated twice yesterday that MINDEF’s criteria for granting deferments is clear.
When Mr Ong asked if MINDEF can also look at establishing a deferment scheme for elite individual and team athletes and make known the eligibility criteria to allow them to plan their sporting careers properly, Dr Ng repeated that deferments can be granted “in exceptional circumstances to individual sportsmen, who are ... potential medal winners”.
When Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah asked if MINDEF will consider the Asian Games as a major tournament for an athlete’s possible deferment, he replied: “They must be sufficiently high-level and are exceptional”.
The Schooling family were overjoyed and relieved when they heard the news yesterday.
Said Mrs May Schooling: “We have been in discussions with MINDEF in this appeal since as long as two years ago, and our efforts have finally come to fruition. We were always worrying about how NS will affect Joseph’s swimming performance while he is at his prime and peaking.”
She added that they can now plan for her son’s university education in the US with peace of mind.
“Almost every US university is interested in Joseph (but) we couldn’t commit to anything for his future because of NS,” she said.
Mr Schooling, who told TODAY last weekend that he had been nervous about the status of his deferment application, said yesterday: “I hope to set a trend for promising athletes in Singapore.”
Singapore Swimming Association President Jeffrey Leow also hailed MINDEF’s decision as one that would “inspire other swimmers and athletes from different sports to reach world-class achievements”.
SINGAPORE — Ang Peng Siong came close in 1984 in Los Angeles, and Tao Li came closer five years ago in Beijing. Now, Joseph Schooling believes he can end Singapore’s wait for its first Olympic swimming medallist.
Widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents, the 18-year-old, who is based in the United States, is now aiming to finish on the podium at the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
In the 100m fly, his time of 52.33secs is just behind 18-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps (51.10). He is also ranked third in 200m fly (1:56.27) and fifth in the 200m individual medley (1:59.99).
Schooling, a final-year student at the Bolles School in Florida, told TODAY his track record and progress in recent years have given him that self-belief.
“I have been steadily improving in my swimming over the past few years, so that is why I think I have a shot,” he said in an interview last week. “I want to bring glory to Singapore and win an Olympic medal in 2016 when I will be 21. Every competition is a stepping stone … I am getting closer (to my dream of winning an Olympic medal) every time I race.”
Ang and Tao have come closest to winning Singapore its first Olympic medal in swimming. At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Ang was ranked ninth overall in the men’s 100m freestyle after winning the event’s “B” final for the eight fastest swimmers outside of the final. Twenty four years later at the Beijing Olympics, Tao became the first Singaporean to reach a swimming final, finishing fifth in the women’s 100m fly final.
Singapore have won four Olympic medals: A silver and two bronzes from table tennis and a silver in weightlifting.
Schooling made his Olympic debut in London last year, but was distracted after an official ruled just minutes before his 200m fly heats that his cap and goggles were not approved for the Games, leading to a disappointing time of 1min 59.18secs, well below his then-personal best of 1:56.67. But he said “champions don’t make excuses” and vowed to bounce back.
Since then, he has chalked up strong performances, including at the World Championships in Barcelona in July, where he lowered his own national 200m fly record to 1:56.27.
At the London Games, Phelps won the 100m fly in 51.21, while South Africa’s Chad Le Clos took the 200m fly in 1:52.96, and Schooling is under no illusions about the difficult task ahead, saying there “needs to be a right balance” for all the moving parts to come together.
One vital component is his application for deferment from National Service (NS) so that he can maintain his momentum to the 2016 Games. A spokesperson from Singapore’s Ministry of Defence confirmed on Friday that Schooling had “made a deferment request for NS”, but declined further comment until a Parliamentary sitting today, when the topic of providing a more flexible approach to NS enlistment for male athletes at their prime will be raised.
Choosing a university with a suitable academic and swimming programme is also important for Schooling. Several American colleges are reportedly keen on him, with the University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin and University of Florida among those on his shortlist.
In the meantime, preparations for the Dec 11-22 South-east Asian Games in Myanmar are on track as he aims to win all his seven events. Trained by Spain’s 1988 Olympic 200m breaststroke bronze medallist Sergio Lopez at Bolles, Schooling has added 4kg of muscle to his 1.82m tall frame to improve his speed.
Said Schooling: “If I pace myself properly, I am confident of going a lot faster.”Let's learn something about Joseph Schooling. United States-based Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling is the top recruit of the boys’ high school class of 2014, according to a ranking by website SwimSwam.
The Bolles School student begins his final year next month but National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) coaches can start making contact with and recruiting swimmers who are high school seniors.
Although the website has no links to the NCAA or the colleges, the rankings still come as a confidence booster for the Singaporean, who set the national 100m butterfly record of 52.33secs at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte in May.
“It’s always a great feeling to be put on a list with so many talented swimmers,” said Schooling yesterday. “I’m privileged to be called the top recruit and this will motivate me to work harder and take my swimming to the next level.”
The NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, is a non-profit body that organises the sports programmes of many colleges and universities in North America, and is affiliated to more than 1,200 institutions, organisations and individuals.
In January, Schooling told TODAY he was interested in training at the University of California in Berkeley under Dave Durden, who has developed Olympic gold medallists Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian. But yesterday he stressed: “I haven’t decided which college I’ll be attending next year. I’m still in the process of selecting which school will fit me best.”
Coached by Spain’s 1988 Olympic bronze medallist Sergio Lopez, Schooling holds the national 200m butterfly record of 1min 56.67secs set at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia. He also holds the national 50m fly record of 24.06 set at the 2011 SEA Games.
Later this month, he will travel to Barcelona as part of the eight-strong Singapore squad for the FINA World Championship.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Shoppers who thought visiting Jurong Point on Saturday morning would be a nice way to start the weekend got a whole lot more than they bargained for.
Five members of popular variety game show Running Man were at the mall for an autograph session. Autographs were available for those with Category 1 tickets to the Watsons Race Start! in Singapore Fan Meeting to be held on Sat, Oct 19, 2013, in the evening.
Even without tickets, fans of all ages came to try to catch a glimpse of the cast. From excited teens to adorable kids dragging along curious parents, every possible vantage point was filled with fans.
The horde at Jurong Point mirrored those seen when the members visited Thailand, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
By 10am, the entrances were swarming with people. Every hint or mention of Running Man garnered screams and cheers.
One of the main exits was so packed, security had to move people so that the walkway wouldn't be a fire hazard.
Even the window balcony of Starbucks, which provided a view of the stage, was packed with people.
When the Running Man members finally appeared, the crowds surged with shouts and cheers for each celebrity.
Actress Song Ji Hyo, who joins the Running Man Fan Meeting Asia Tour 2013 for the first time, got the loudest screams.
As the members settled down in their seats for the autograph session, the MC led the crowd in a cheer for the show.
"Everyone say 'I Love Running Man!'"
Those residents of Jurong West who expect a quiet Saturday lunch must have been so confused. "
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Xi Jinping is the great leader ever in the modern China history BECAUSE He has the ideal to full fill the China dream again after many years of bullying from foreign barbarians powerful countries or gangster countries. Just read the modern China history you will know which countries are barbarian countries in the past. An online cartoon video that explains how to become a leader in China has gone viral, and experts believe its success and popularity could encourage the government to think of new ways to communicate with the public. I hope people can give more encouragement to the new leader Xi Jinping, not just throw cold water whenever encountering matters related to China. Before commenting China leaders, just look at youself, are you the perfectionist, are you always doing the good things. If not, you need to spend more time to change yourself, am I right?
The cartoon video, titled How Top Leaders Were Made, is available in both Chinese and English and was uploaded to video sharing website Youku.com on Monday. The five-and-a-half minute cartoon has since attracted more than 1.2 million views and generated more than 600 comments.
Using the headshots of President Xi Jinping, US President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and superimposing them over cartoon bodies, the video explains how the three nations select their top leaders.
It describes how Xi rose from a county official to the leader of the world's second-largest economy.
"He experienced 16 major job transfers and governed an accumulative population of over 150 million over 40 plus years," the video said.
The cartoon video goes on to depict the six other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the Party's top leadership body, and explains that they, too, traveled along a similar journey as Xi.
"All the places where the seven members have served added up to half of the country's territory. ... More important, (they) participated in the deliberation and formulation of many major policies and strategies. That is why over several decades through several leadership transitions, China has managed to keep its policies generally consistent," it said.
The producer of the video only identifies itself as Fuxing Lushang Studio. Efforts to contact the producers were unsuccessful on Thursday.
It is the first time that a cartoon video of one of China's top political leaders has gone viral on the Internet, and experts are hailing the success of the video as a model for future disclosures of information by the government.
"The success of the video indicated that the government could do much better in communicating with the general public," said Cheng Manli, deputy dean of School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University.
Cheng added that publicity efforts by the government should keep up with the Internet and social media specifically.
Zhu Lijia, a public administration professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, believes the success of the cartoon video lies in personalizing the stories of government leaders.
"A depiction of top leaders through the use of cartoons could further enable them to have much closer contact with the public," he said.
"Compared with serious political lessons, an animation would certainly better appeal to the public. It gives people a more clear sense of how they rose through the ranks step by step. People might think that (Xi) is just one of us," he added.
Many netizens seemed to enjoy the video. It has received 11,000 likes on Youku.
A netizen under the name SINIG, however, had a fairly stoic view of it.
"The content of the video does not matter. The key is that it allows society to put the top leaders into a cartoon video show and let everybody watch," the netizen said.