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Robert has just graduated from Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems. He studied Analytics as his second major. To keep himself occupied in his free time, he takes up projects that interest him.
Answered on Quora: Are there any side effects to bone marrow donation?

Answered on Quora: Are there any side effects to bone marrow donation?

Bone Marrow Donation is the traditional way of extracting stem cells out from your bone marrow. To do that you have to undergo general anesthesia. The risks of general anesthesia include not waking up, choking on yourself during the procedure, etc. However a decent anesthetist and team will be able to mitigate the risks as much as possible.

To extract the stem cells, (at least for me) thick needles were inserted and punctured into my hip bone to access the bone marrow there. Risks include damage to the bone, nerves or muscles around the area.

After procedure, you will be light headed as the stem cells along with the blood have been extracted from you.

My procedure was a day operation, which meant that I was well enough to be discharged before lunch on the very day I checked into the hospital.

Donating bone marrow to me was a no brainer. First, bone marrow is a regenerative tissue, what was lost through the procedure will be replaced in due time. The day before the operation, it was my graduation ceremony and it included a swan song routine that I was a part of. My recovery was about a week, I went to my first job three days after the operation was carried out. Second, who can ignore the possibility of saving a life? These two reasons were enough for me to agree to donate. My agreement to it was so swift and wholehearted that it initially surprised the coordinators at the bone marrow donor programme (they had expected some levels of resistance).

If I were to be called to do the donation again, I will do it without any hesitancy.

I wrote my experience here: Donating My Bone Marrow Experience.

Question: Are there any side effects to bone marrow donation?

Answered on Quora: How can I get access to WordPress offical site without VPN?

Answered on Quora: How can I get access to WordPress offical site without VPN?

You are right to say that the site is using some Google services such as Google Fonts and Google Analytics

If you are using Mac, install Dash for macOS – API Documentation Browser, Snippet Manager – Kapeli.

If you are using Windows or Linux, install Zeal – Offline Documentation Browser.

Both programs are offline documentation programs and they are updated often.

Your mileage may vary.

Question: How can I get access to WordPress offical site without VPN?

Answered on Quora: Is there any mayor or governor in Singapore?

Answered on Quora: Is there any mayor or governor in Singapore?

There are five mayors in Singapore, each helms a Community Development Council, which is to aid in local administration of governmental policies and schemes.

Each CDC encompasses several GRCs/SMCs and follows the boundaries of the the constituent GRCs/SMCs.

The five mayors are namely:

  • Ms Denise Phua – Central Singapore
  • Mr Teo Ser Luck – North East
  • Dr Teo Ho Pin – North West
  • Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman – South East
  • Ms Low Yen Ling – South West

Sources:

Community Development Council

https://www.cdc.org.sg/Office-of-the-Mayors/Our-Mayors

https://www.cdc.org.sg/About-CDC/Overview-of-CDCs

Question: Is there any mayor or governor in Singapore?

Answered on Quora: Why can’t we shorten NS (Singapore) to one year?

Answered on Quora: Why can’t we shorten NS (Singapore) to one year?

First, let’s look at the basic training regiment.

Officers goes through officer cadet course after basic military training. All in all, it takes 9 months to complete the course.

NCOs goes through specialist training after basic military training. That takes 6 months.

Others varies, depending on vocation and unit.

Great! If the service cuts off at 1 year mark, everyone will be happy!

However, after the basic training, there are other activities that reinforces the training. Some get shipped out to other countries for military exercises. Some stay put in camp, but applying what they are trained to do. As NSF, you get ingrained with what you have learned for the remainder of your active time. After you ORD and go through ICT, even though your first cycle might be rusty, but what you learnt and applied during your active days will not leave you. The subsequent cycles will be more fluid.

Additionally, the training schedule above excludes less than ideal cases of people who have to drop out of training due to reasons, or of people who went through BMT, then unit training where instructors discover and recommend them for further training for NCO role. It also does not cover additional training that one may have to take midway through the service.

Not only that, there is also some form of knowledge transfer from outgoing unit/personnel to the incoming unit/personnel (again, depends on your unit). These knowledge transfer are usually knowledge that is not by the book. (i.e. As a lance corporal that mans the hotline, requesting a whole section of soldiers stationed at a remote point of entry into camp to take up basic perimeter defence because of an incident prior to getting instructions from the officer (at his office) is not unheard of. This, you do not see it in the books). Before it was shortened to the current 2-year service, it was 2.5-year (or was it 2.25?) service. The extra time was used to do that. While I was active on the 2-year cycle, NSMen who did guard duty with me (as a RP on an airbase) could recall the time back when they could afford the luxury of x2 more time than now to “break-in” their juniors into the role that they are supposed to perform.

Logistically, shortening the time will reduce the manpower that each unit receive on a year to year basis. Understaffed units will be merged and there will be a point where there won’t be enough active personnel/units to react to emergency. Already, your meals, inventory, physical training have been outsourced to reduce the number of vocations so that the manpower can be better assigned other roles. Physical standards and classifications have been tweaked, along with adoption of technology, to beef up the strength of the combat fit personnel. Nonetheless, the crux of the problem is the declining numbers of teenage males enlisted due to the declining birth rate.

Some here have compared to the national services in Europe where it is much shorter. But do remember that these countries have armies that makes up of mostly professional soldiers, not conscripted soldiers. The closest comparison would be Israel, where it serves the interest of the country to have everyone know how to defend for themselves in event of gun-totting hostiles strolling down the boulevard.

If you want the service time to be shortened, correct the perception that professional soldier is a last career choice to take. Also be prepared to have a larger percentage of GDP taken out for defence purposes as the pay for a professional soldier will be much higher than that of an enlistee.

Question: Why can’t we shorten NS (Singapore) to one year?

Answered on Quora: Why can’t foreign ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore port by traveling another sea route (Strait of Sunda) and stop in Jakarta instead?

Answered on Quora: Why can’t foreign ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore port by traveling another sea route (Strait of Sunda) and stop in Jakarta instead?

Being a non-seafaring person, I can only guess based on my limited geographical knowledge.

  1. Longer route. Bypassing Straits of Malacca means traversing on the outer side of Indonesia. Current route into Straits of Malacca hugs Malaysia’s coastline.
  2. Stronger currents. Outer side of the Sumatra island have to face the stronger currents generated by the Indian Ocean.
  3. Shallow and irregular waterway at Straits of Sunda. Without sufficient clearance, tankers and cargo ships would not be able to use the straits.
  4. Infrastructure. There is no sufficient infrastructure on the outer side of the Sumatra island available for cargo ships and tankers to use. The Indonesia government has to invest heavily on creating the necessary infrastructure from scratch.

Question: Why can’t foreign ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore port by traveling another sea route (Strait of Sunda) and stop in Jakarta instead?