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Month: December 2010

Let’s name our new stations!

Let’s name our new stations!

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Just in:

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is inviting the public to suggest names for 13 Downtown Line 3 stations.

Source: Help name Downtown Line stations (CNA)

Now, why do we need to have naming exercises on this matter? “It should also illustrate where possible, the history and heritage of the station surroundings.” Can’t LTA engage National Heritage Board to looks through their records and suggest a few names for LTA to decide?

Or why can’t they just keep the working names for the stations? Point to note on this: Jalan Besar station is not at Jalan Besar, but near the Concorde and Sungei Road station is not at Sungei Road, but at the end of Jalan Besar. Why not just name them according to the near by landmark?

Even Tampines East, and Tampines West sound is a good move. Why bother giving a name which most people would not be able to remember?

Or do we need another embarrassment like spending $400,000 to name Marina Bay… Marina Bay?

For those who are interested, read the press release by LTA. It is more helpful.

Image source: SGForums
Note on image: This is an image of the Downtown Line’s rolling stock, Bombardier MOVIA C591. For the interested, you may read the specifications here.

Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be?

Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be?

This is a quote from a post from JK Rowling:

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’?

Sometime ago, I was viewing 2NE1 (or some other girl Korean group) music videos on YouTube, when some of the comments are directed at a certain singer putting on weight. I really wonder if stars and idols are meant to be just stars and idols and not humans. If so, I wonder if the artistes have known what they have signed up up for when they decided to appear on stage: a life of glamour and yet a life of loneliness.

In the same post:

After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

Just some random disclosure.

Thumbnail credit: Snoozing Fat Cat via Flickr